Heat Trade Rumors: Miami Would Be Wise to Stand Pat at Deadline
The Miami Heat are the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference right now and the favorites to win the NBA Finals in June, so it makes total sense that they stand pat at the trade deadline.
According to Ethan J. Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post, the Heat's deadline activity should be rather uneventful this year:
Expect quiet on Heat trade front tomorrow. As one player told me, "Why do we need to do anything? You've seen 6 play, right?"— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 21, 2013
As the tweet above points out, Miami has the greatest player on the planet in LeBron James, who can fill just about any role the Heat need him to. It also helps that he's playing out of his mind right now and is well on his way to another MVP award.
Aside from James, the Heat have plenty of scoring options in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, as well as outside threats like Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and Mario Chalmers. Shane Battier also provides a solid defender to head coach Erik Spoelstra's squad.
The biggest issue the Heat faced as this deadline approached was in the big man department.
Miami is not a good rebounding team and has lacked a solid interior presence this entire season—but it fixed that issue somewhat upon acquiring Chris Andersen back in January to go along with Udonis Haslem.
Also, if the Heat can get Joel Anthony some minutes and have him produce, he could fill the void.
So, as it stands now, the Heat have just about everything they will need to compete for the rest of the season.
Should the Heat make a move at the deadline?
This Heat roster is very similar to that of last year's championship squad. It simply makes no sense for Miami to force a change at the deadline and risk ruining the chemistry of an already successful team.
Bottom line: If it isn't broke, don't fix it.
It appears as though Miami will wisely adhere to that saying this season and move forward with the same group of players who easily handled the current favorite to win the Western Conference in the 2012 NBA Finals: the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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