Should the Miami Heat Trade into the NBA Draft?
LeBron James' face in the picture above says it all.
Simply put, the Heat don't need to be focusing on enhancing their depth through the draft.
Well, mainly because this year's draft lacks significant depth at any position. And even if the Heat wanted to get into the draft they wouldn't be getting anywhere near the lottery—where a small bit of potential superstar talent lies.
That is unless they are willing to part with one of their Big Three—one not named LeBron.
Before we get to that, let's take a quick look at where the Heat's 2013 draft picks went.
One of their first-round picks is going to the Philadelphia 76ers, thanks to that team's inability to get out of the lottery. The pick was initially swapped in last year's draft when Miami traded Arnett Moultrie for Justin Hamilton—and we see how well that one worked out for the Heat.
Their second first-round pick is property now of the Phoenix Suns, after being previously owned by the L.A. Lakers and, before that, by the Cleveland Cavaliers, thanks to the LeBron James sign-and-trade.
Finally, this year's second-round pick is property of the Memphis Grizzlies. That one flew out the window when Miami traded it and Dexter Pittman to Memphis for the rights to Ricky Sanchez.
Should the Heat try to trade into the 2013 NBA draft?
Alright, now that you know where all the Heat's picks are, let's get into why Miami shouldn't trade its way into the draft.
The main way that the Heat could get into this year's draft is by moving either Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh. They simply don't have anyone outside the Big Three that would compel another team to part with a first-round selection, especially a lottery pick.
Some might say that Mario Chalmers is that guy, but seeing that he has one more year on his contract and will most likely be seeking significant cash once he becomes a free agent, teams would be wise to not trade for him.
Wade has been struggling throughout the playoffs, failing to score 20 or more points in his past 10 games. But that doesn't simply mean that they need to get rid of him. He's been underwhelming as of late, but it's been mainly because of a knee injury that hasn't had time to heal. The odds are in the Heat's favor that with an entire offseason to rest and recuperate, Wade will come back in All-Star form.
When it comes down to it, the only real option the Heat have in terms of pieces to trade to get into the draft is Chris Bosh.
Even before Bosh's rather underwhelming run in the playoffs, he was proving that he can't solidify the Heat's interior—which is really what Miami needs.
They don't need another perimeter threat, and they certainly don't need a 6'11" frontcourt player who is unable to grab 10 rebounds a game or adequately defend the league's other premier big men.
There's just no way around the fact that for Bosh's size and physical frame, he is a soft player.
But, just because he's not the player he once was, moving him isn't necessarily a smart move either.
Let's say the Heat win the 2013 NBA title. It would be a very bold yet unintelligent move to trade a player who's helped win back-to-back championships. The phrase, "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" applies here, and thanks to the weak 2013 draft class, Miami decision as to whether or not to trade into the draft isn't really a difficult one.
Next year, Miami will have three draft picks—one first-rounder and two second-round picks (thanks to sending Michael Beasley to Minnesota a few years ago).
With these three picks next season—and a solid draft class forming (from potential one-year wonder, Andrew Wiggins, all the way to seasoned college talent like Patric Young)—Miami needs to be patient and let the talent fall in their lap in 2014.
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