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Heat Trade Rumors: Expect Only Minor Moves from Miami on Deadline Day

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Heat Trade Rumors: Expect Only Minor Moves from Miami on Deadline Day
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Sometimes the best move you can make at the trade deadline is no move at all.

That's the case in Miami this year, where the defending champion Heat are rolling right along in the Eastern Conference playoff race. At 36-14, the Heat have the East's best record and a good chance to hit the 60-win mark.

That being said, sometimes fans and players expect general managers to provide certain tweaks to the roster to maximize the team's chances at playoff success.

Miami already did that this season by adding veteran center Chris Andersen to the team, and that move will likely serve as Miami's final acquisition of the 2012-13 season.

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At least, that's the sentiment held by both myself and that of Miami Sun-Sentinel writer Ira Winderman.

Winderman noted that although Pat Riley has been active in past years, this current group of players doesn't require the amount of full-scale changes that the team needed during the 1990s and early 2000s.

Here's an excerpt from Winderman's piece:

And then, just before NBA trading deadlines in 2008 and 2009 came blockbusters, first Shaquille O'Neal traded to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, and then Marion and Banks rerouted the following year to the Toronto Raptors for Jermaine O'Neal and Jamario Moon.

And since that 2009 trading deadline? Crickets. That likely won't change this season, with the 2013 NBA trading deadline at 3 p.m. Thursday, when the Heat will be preparing for their nationally televised road game against the Chicago Bulls.

Again, sometimes the best move is to make no move at all.

The Heat had been linked to San Antonio Spurs big man DeJuan Blair, but those talks have apparently cooled down. Chris Broussard first reported a potential trade between the two teams on Twitter:

However, Winderman does note that the Heat have some trade chips to throw around. For starters, Miami will own Philadelphia's first-round draft pick this year if the 76ers make the playoffs. That could be an enticing option to throw at a team in an attempt to either gain a player or get rid of what's going to be massive salary in the next couple of years. 

Joel Anthony, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller are all mentioned as potential cap-cuts that could be on the market, as Riley prepares for the salary onslaught of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh next season.

With salary cuts looming (Winderman notes that Miller will likely be an amnesty cut in the summer of 2013), it might be prudent to try to package one of these players with a first-round pick to a team with salary cap space.

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However, those deals are few and far between.

The way things stand, the Heat have all the necessary pieces to contend and win again in the NBA Finals. James is having a Michael Jordan-like year—sparking debate league-wide—shooting 56.5 percent from the field while averaging 27.3 points per game.

The complementary pieces are clicking, too—from Wade to Bosh all the way down to three-point marksman and underrated star Chalmers.

All these factors are leading up to one conclusion: Miami's deal days are done in 2013. Count Anderson as your deadline pick-up Heat fans, because he's likely going to be the only new addition to the team this season post-2012.

And that might be the best move this team can make.

 


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