On March 9, 2012 just before the NBA trade deadline I wrote an article stating that the one trade the Miami Heat needed to make was to trade Dwyane Wade, Norris Cole and Mike Miller to the New Jersey Nets for Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow.
As expected I received a huge amount of messages and replies filled with scorn, derision and absolute hatred. However, as expected, I was right. The Miami Heat should have traded Dwayne Wade for Williams, Lopez and Morrow. Had they done so, I have no real doubt they would be dominating these NBA playoffs rather than looking like the second or third best team in their own conference with no real hope of winning the championships.
However, it's not too late for Pat Riley to make up for his mistake and trade Dwyane Wade before the start of next season, then simply sit back and watch LeBron James and his talented new teammates win not one, not two, not three ...
While it may be too late to acquire Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, as both are now free agents and can sign with whichever team they choose, there are still some very solid trade options for the Heat to consider, the top ten of which are listed on the following slides: