NBA Trade Deadline 2012: The One Trade the Miami Heat Must Make

Bryant T. JordanAnalyst IMarch 9, 2012

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Heat Trade: Dwyane Wade, Norris Cole and Mike Miller

Nets Trade: Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow


The Miami Heat have the third-best record in the NBA and the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Anything less than an NBA title will be considered a failure by team president Pat Riley and two-time NBA MVP LeBron James.

As is, the Heat have a great chance of winning their conference and the NBA title.

However, the Heat could increase those odds to nearly 100 percent in each case by trading superstar Dwyane Wade.

Wade is an amazing talent, but the fact is that the Heat have some massive team weaknesses: three-point shooting, floor spacing, size, length and both post offense and defense.

This trade solves all of Miami's problems and makes them an almost unbeatable team—a true "super team," if you will.

As for the New Jersey (soon-to-be Brooklyn) Nets, this trade also makes a great deal of sense.

The Nets may lose Deron Williams for nothing next year if he refuses to sign an extension in order to sign with a superior team such as his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

The Nets also will most likely lose Brook Lopez in free agency to a team willing to pay much more for a player that will be Dwight Howard's backup if the latter signs with the Nets.

Landing Wade will give the Nets a superstar to pair with "Superman" Howard and give them the most dominating guard-center combo since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal terrorized the league.

It's a rare thing for a trade involving superstars to make sense, but this trade is a no-brainer for both teams.