Are you familiar with the video of a man walking up to a store as he sees a cat on the other side of a window? Well, exiled Houston Rockets point guard John Wall is the cat while Pat Riley and the Miami Heat are the man telling the cat “I’m gone get you out of there.” If the Heat are able to do it, which would essentially require Wall and the Rockets agreeing to a buyout, the veteran guard would be a perfect fit for Erik Spoelstra’s team.

Miami is off to a solid 11-6 start in year one of the Kyle Lowry era. Still, there are many reasons to be wary about the team’s regular-season outlook, all of which justify Wall’s theoretical arrival—and the Heat’s reported interest in him should he ever become a free agent this season.

For starters, Lowry is 35. The realistic, best-case scenario for Riley, Spoelstra and friends is that they get one more All-Star-caliber season from Lowry. For what it’s worth, Lowry is averaging just 12.0 points per game this season, which is his lowest nightly scoring output in nine years.

Of course, the Heat will argue that Lowry’s knack for finding the open man and ability to take some of the scoring burden off Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo from a threat standpoint makes up for that pedestrian box-score production. That said, Lowry was playing alongside legitimate scorers and producing at a high level with the Toronto Raptors as recently as last season. At the end of the day, the Heat could use another point guard who can start in a pinch.

How much of a drop-off would going from Lowry to Wall be for the Heat? One is nitpicking in finding the negative differences. Wall is an exuberant, traditional floor general. He’s a sly passer who gets to the rim with ease and is efficient off the dribble. Had Miami entered the regular season with Wall at the point, there would’ve been nearly, if not as much optimism about the team’s 2022 championship hopes.

Having both Lowry and Wall would be a luxury for Spoelstra, as he’d have an esteemed guard running the offense at all times while not having to overwork either player. Furthermore, the Heat need depth. While they have a handful of proven commodities, bench scoring is an early issue.

This team is dangerously reliant on its starting five and Tyler Herro, who plays starting minutes off the bench, being elite on both ends the floor. Wall, at the very least, gives the Heat another scoring option who boosts their second unit. Plus, if Victor Oladipo can get on the floor and can stay healthy, the Heat would have a deep backcourt rotation.

The Heat are all in on this core. They’ve committed max-level money to Butler and Adebayo, as well as a combined $175 million to Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson. Meanwhile, Herro will inevitably command a contract in excess of $20 million per season in the near future, as he continues to become a more productive and dominant scorer.

When an NBA contender is financially indebted to an expensive nucleus of players, the midseason buyout market might as well be its free agency. The Brooklyn Nets (Blake Griffin), Los Angeles Lakers (Andre Drummond) and Milwaukee Bucks (Jeff Teague) were hawks on the buyout market last season, and the Heat have to be the same this season given their rotation and overall health situation.

The Eastern Conference is a bit vulnerable at the moment. For starters, it’s rare for a team to repeat as NBA champions, which this season concerns the Milwaukee Bucks. Then there’s the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, two other conference powerhouses who are each without a star floor general.

All the while, budding forces like the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are off to bizarre starts. One figures the Heat have the playoff experience to edge out compelling forces like the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets.

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The Heat have to capitalize on the funky standing of the East. Make no mistake about it: they need Lowry to be a premier contributor from start to finish. But they’re also going to need more offensive firepower.

Miami has every reason to operate like a team that expects to make it to the NBA Finals, where they were just a little over a year ago. The Heat’s trade for Lowry marked such a push. They need to add veterans with something to prove along the way, but more importantly players who fit their scheme.

Wall is one of the NBA’s most accomplished active players without a championship, and has become one of the forgotten players of his generation due to injuries. Miami offers Wall the chance to get a ring and showcase himself for other teams as he seeks another lucrative contract.

If he becomes available, John Wall and the Miami Heat are an ideal pairing.