Ever since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kemba Walker has been brought up in numerous trade talks with many teams showing strong interest in the veteran combo guard. On the Miami Heat, Walker could elevate his offensive game and become a lockdown defender.
This would bolster Miami’s backcourt and give them another reliable scorer outside of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. For the Thunder, they could continue their relentless pursuit of building the next great dynasty in the NBA. With all this said, let’s take a look at the perfect trade that the Heat must offer the Thunder to get Kemba Walker in Miami this summer.
Heat receive: Kemba Walker and Mike Muscala
Thunder receive: Tyler Herro, Goran Dragic, Kendrick Nunn, and a 2024 second-round pick
Given that the Heat doesn’t currently possess that many draft picks and the Oklahoma City is stockpiling draft picks every season, this seems to be the most beneficial move for both sides. The Thunder get more young talent in Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn with a likely buyout situation for Goran Dragic while having access to the Heat’s second round pick in 2024.
This continues Sam Presti’s master plan of adding a limitless amount of draft picks while developing young talent and opening up more cap room for big free-agent signings and trades in the future. For the Thunder, this also gives them a solid young core of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, and Svi Mykhailiuk to build around.
This is a great rotation with lots of upside that could really make some noise in the Western Conference during future playoff runs. Plus they’d continually be adding to that with multiple picks at their disposal in upcoming NBA drafts.
On the other hand, the Heat gets a dynamic scorer that can run the point or play shooting guard and would fit right in with their brand of position-less basketball while adding more size, 3-point shooting, and rebounding in Mike Muscala. For the Heat, it gets them a step closer to building a title contender and continues Pat Riley’s strategic initiative to build one last title contender before he steps down as team president.
Now it may seem crazy for the Heat to give up on Tyler Herro after just one bad season, but with the team being involved in so many trade talks and a stacked free-agent market this summer, Miami is trying to open up more cap room while re-tooling their roster into a championship-caliber team. Seeing as they’re in win-now mode, they want to make the most of Jimmy Butler’s championship window while getting more help for him and Bam Adebayo.
Unfortunately, Herro gives the Heat worries of another season riddled with inconsistent play and major regression in every statistical category. Adding Kemba Walker would be a huge boost for them, and with Erik Spoelstra on the sidelines, Walker would have the ultimate player’s coach and motivator to keep him on the right track.
Plus, Muscala would be a solid rotational player that could give them more frontcourt depth and 3-point shooting. This move gets the Miami Heat back on the right track and allows them to make bigger moves and attract more big-name free agents.