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I feel like this has to be addressed since these rumors will be expected to be prominent in the next few days worth of trade and free agency talk.
Udonis Haslem is in the worst offensive stretch of his career. There's no secret about that as it was put on full display when he botched a wide-open mid-range jumper that would have given the Miami Heat a victory against the Utah Jazz, and then proceeded to get dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers frontcourt in a second consecutive loss that followed up on a nine-game winning streak.
Haslem was the starting power forward for the Heat in their loss to the Lakers, but was on the bench at the start of the third quarter with the Heat opting to place LeBron James at the four, which turned out to be a whole lot more efficient. Haslem's defense and rebounding was no match against the Lakers', or Jazz', huge frontcourts when the team needed him most.
Don't let Mike Miller's stats fool you. It's easy to look at that 52 percent shooting from deep and wonder what the problem could be. You have to watch Miller in order to understand why there has been some frustration building around him. He's only averaging two three-point attempts per game and is supposed to be considered as the Heat's main perimeter threat, a role that has now be usurped by Mario Chalmers.
Miller simply isn't getting open. He's not creating much separation from his defenders and isn't taking advantage of the influence that the big three provide in order to create open shots. Even when he does create some space, Miller is still hesitant on taking perimeter jumpers and only adds to the problem of the ball sticking on the perimeter or over passing.
He's averaging six points per, one point off his career low which he had in last year's injury-plagued season.
Before everyone gets into hysterics over trading these two, I think it would be best to point out that neither of these players are going anywhere. Miller's contract at $30 million over five years is basically immovable and Haslem isn't going to be desired by any team when you consider that he's in an awful slump and coming off of season-ending foot surgery.
The Heat are going to stick it out with the two players who are supposed to be the top performers off the bench. Haslem's shot will come back eventually and Miller will eventually convert on the shots that his teammates get him.
There's no time to panic when we're barely halfway through the season when they just lost two games in a row playing without their only scoring big man and arguably top rebounder. Of course they'd struggle without Chris Bosh. That doesn't mean we should begin thinking about who the Heat should trade in order to get some unnecessary help.