NBA Trade Rumors: Five Players Who Can Have a Huge Impact With the Miami Heat

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIFebruary 17, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: Five Players Who Can Have a Huge Impact With the Miami Heat

0 of 5

    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    Let's get this straight: the Miami Heat, as it stands now, are a great team. There is no magical upgrade that will make this team better overnight, because they’re already so good.

    But there is always room for improvement for any professional sports team and the Heat are no exception.

    Here are five players the Heat can target before the trade deadline that would make an immediate impact on the Big Three and the rest of the Heat squad.

Tracy McGrady

1 of 5

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    T-Mac would be an interesting option for the Heat.

    He’s a bigger point guard that can distribute the ball very well, but also commands attention from opposing teams because of his experience, which could alleviate pressure off the Big Three.

    McGrady was signed by the Pistons for the league minimum, so it wouldn’t take much for the Heat to trade for him and add the veteran presence the Heat lack outside Erick Dampier and a few select others.

    T-Mac is a proven leader that is a solid option off the bench and has the determination to help the Heat win it all, as he is still searching for his first ring.

Ricky Rubio

2 of 5

    David Ramos/Getty Images

    There is some confusion regarding the Ricky Rubio situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Rubio is currently playing in the Euroleague and if the T-Wolves don’t sign him to a contract by this summer than he becomes a free agent or goes back into the NBA Draft.

    This could be a potential steal for the Heat because they could either sign him, draft him, or make a trade with Minnesota.

    Trade offers involving Mario Chalmers and a pick could be enough to get a deal done for Rubio, who is an extremely unselfish player and would fit well with what the Heat having going right now.

    A point guard is the one area the Heat could upgrade, and Rubio’s desire to play in the East plus his pass-first mentality could make him the future Miami Heat point guard.

Luke Ridnour

3 of 5

    Elsa/Getty Images

    If the Rubio situation works itself out for the Timberwolves, then Luke Ridnour will presumably be the odd man out.

    With Jonny Flynn, Sebastian Telfair and Ridnour rounding out the T-Wolves’ current PG position, adding Rubio to the mix could make Minnesota dealers this offseason.

    The first team to call about Ridnour should be the Heat, due to their need for a point guard.

    Ridnour, 30, should be on his way out of Minnesota as they try to get younger. His high basketball IQ and passer-friendly mind frame will prove very beneficial if he makes his way to Miami.

    Both teams could win in a trade: Minnesota receives young players and/or a pick, while the Heat will get a proven point guard that matches well with what they currently have going on in South Florida.

Hasheem Thabeet

4 of 5

    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    This trade could be a major risk but high reward, if the Heat pull the trigger for Hasheem Thabeet.

    While Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Erick Dampier and Jamaal Magloire aren’t getting any younger, the Heat need to develop some big men to assist Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman.

    Thabeet, even though he currently isn’t thought of too highly, if given enough time to develop, could turn into an absolute defensive terrorizer.

    At 7’3”, 263 lbs., Thabeet would be a big body off the Heat bench that could put up steady numbers given enough minutes.

    He may be viewed as a bust since being drafted in 2009, but the potential is there for the former Connecticut Husky.

O.J. Mayo

5 of 5

    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    A recent hotbed of scandal ranging from pay for play in college to testing positive for a banned substance, O.J. Mayo could potentially be a great fit for the Miami Heat if he can keep his off-court mishaps to a minimum.

    Due to negative PR surrounding Mayo, he may not be the first option the Heat look at, but he is a practical alternative to many other point guards on the open market.

    Still under his rookie contract, Mayo would come cheap as a player off the bench or in the starting lineup.

    As long as his troubles become less of an issue, Mayo has a ton of talent and a solid future in the NBA and if the deal is right, he could be taking his talents to South Beach.