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Miami Heat trade PG Mario Chalmers to Houston Rockets for PG Scott Machado and SF Royce White
This one might be a bit shocking, but just bear with me for a minute.
The problem with the way the Houston Rockets have been handling the Royce White situation is that they don't have any veteran players to help them convince White to get on the court.
With the Miami Heat, White would have that.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade would help the young professional mature and would help him transition into the rigor and challenges of the NBA.
I know that this one doesn't make sense because it could backfire on the Heat, but it certainly has the possibility of taking the Heat to a very dangerous level. That is, assuming that White is the elite-caliber player that scouts hyped him up to be.
With White in the lineup, the Heat could go with Norris Cole at the point, Dwyane Wade at shooting guard, Royce White at small forward, LeBron James at power forward and Chris Bosh at center.
It would be a lineup that would ultimately add some defensive tenacity to the paint, and it would also give the Heat some versatility in their rotations.
Let's be honest. The Heat can certainly live without Mario Chalmers; his inability to amp up his play this year has hurt his trade value, and his $4 million contract isn't necessarily helping the Heat out.
Scott Machado's "true point guard" style of play would fit better with the Heat than Chalmers' "shoot-first mentality," mainly because facilitating to LeBron and Wade is better than having Chalmers take long-range jumpers.
This is the kind of trade that is more likely to happen after the season once the Rockets figure out what's happening with White. But it would certainly make things more interesting in South Beach.