NBA Trade Speculation: Under-the-Radar Moves the Miami Heat Could Make

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIFebruary 6, 2013

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The Miami Heat are quite an enigma.

They'll get demolished by the Indiana Pacers and beat the lowly Charlotte Bobcats by just five points, but they'll also hang with, and beat the NBA's best, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

You could chalk it up to "playing down to their competition," but in all honesty the Heat have a few issues they need to work on.

Obviously their biggest issue is in the paint with their weak frontcourt. While the addition of Chris Andersen has certainly helped things out, he can't do it alone, and neither can Chris Bosh.

The Heat need to make a move before the trade deadline that will help Bosh return to his normal power forward position.


Miami Heat send PF Udonis Haslem to Denver Nuggets for C Timofey Mozgov

One trade they could make that would solve this problem involves the Denver Nuggets and their 7'1'' center, Timofey Mozgov.

Sure, Mozgov's 2012-13 production of just 2.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game isn't that impressive. But when you consider his 10.4 minutes per game average, it makes a bit more sense.

Would the Heat be willing to send away Heat-lifer Udonis Haslem for a player who may be able to solidify their frontcourt on the defensive side of the ball? Probably not, because of what Haslem means to their franchise, but it would be the right move.

The Heat need size and physicality in the paint and they aren't getting that with the undersized Haslem. Mozgov isn't great, but the Heat don't need great. They just need a guy who can fill the paint on defense and rebound, and that's exactly who Mozgov is.


Miami Heat send PG Norris Cole, C Dexter Pittman and 2013 Second-Round Draft Pick to San Antonio Spurs for PG Corey Joseph and C DeJuan Blair


Another trade that could solve the Heat's interior woes involves an inconsistent bench player from the Spurs, DeJuan Blair.

Blair is the kind of player who will go off for 22 points in 19 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks, then turn around and score four points in 18 minutes against the Phoenix Suns.

He's not exactly an example of efficiency. But what he is, is a crafty and intelligent rebounder who knows how to attack the glass.

You could certainly argue that adding a 6'7'' center wouldn't solve anything. When you consider though that Blair is also 270 pounds and one of the most aggressive players in the NBA, this trade makes a bit more sense.

The Heat would have to give up a promising talent in Cole and a draft pick, but that wouldn't be terrible for a physical interior player. 

Aside from the above-mentioned trades, the Heat's best move as the trade deadline approaches is just to stay still.

If they can't get a big man who will help them rebound and send Bosh back to the power forward spot, then they just need to make something work with the talent on their roster.

Making a big move by trading players like Mario Chalmers or Bosh would be too risky, considering the chemistry that has been developed already.

Ideally, Pat Riley will make a smart move and go after a value big man before the trade deadline passes, but don't be shocked if he doesn't and just plays it safe.

He's a wise man so trusting him with this decision isn't necessarily hard to do.