5 Reasons the Miami Heat Won't Trade LeBron James to the Orlando Magic
Simply answered: no.
Howard brings brute strength and freakish athletic ability. He is unquestionably the best center in the NBA, and will win plenty more defensive-player-of-the-year awards. While Howard could be an asset to Miami in many ways, don't expect to see him sporting a Heat jersey anytime soon.
Let's see why.
LeBron Is the Best Player in the NBA
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Love him or hate him, LeBron James is the most talented player in the NBA.
James is a rare stat-sheet filler. Want to see how rare? He is the only player in NBA history to average 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in his career.
While winning two MVP awards, James has shown the ability to make others around him better players. He shows great floor vision and has made some of the best precision passes over the past few years.
James is the best rim-finisher in the game and has no trouble finding holes to get inside.
Defensively, look for explosive blocks and many turnovers created by James' athletic ability.
He still has room for improvement, and the beautiful thing is he is working on it this offseason.
LeBron is only 26 years old, just now entering the true prime years of his career. Two championship losses only motivates him to get better.
Dwyane Wade Won't Allow It
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Dwyane Wade did his best to court the king in 2010, why would he want him gone now?
Wade has more say than any player or manager in the organization, and he has shown no interest in wanting James gone.
While there is no question that Wade is the fan favorite, he has shown no selfishness in helping James feel welcome in Miami.
James and Wade are great friends off the court and have talked about the aspect of playing together for quite some time. Now that this is reality, don't look for that to change.
Chris Bosh Is More Expendable
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No, I don't think the Miami Heat should trade a star but, if they did, it would have to be Chris Bosh.
Bosh wasn't considered a superstar in his first season with Miami. Odds are he will always be the third option.
While Bosh is one of the better power forwards around, he often found himself slumping down stretches for the Heat.
By no means is the big man overrated, but he has to have the ball to be effective offensively. With James and Wade taking up so many opportunities, Bosh is often left with scraps or force-fed shots.
Bosh would be much better fit playing in a dynamic duo situation with a point guard. Not only is he an extremely effective scoring option, he is one of the better scoring power forwards in the NBA. He is capable of being a first option, and could benefit from an elite pass-first point guard.
The Heat would gain some much needed depth in a trade for Bosh.
One of Miami's biggest weaknesses was the lack of true supporting talent. While a lot of that could be contributed to injury, there is no excuse for Jamaal Magloire to see any floor time.
A potential trade for Bosh could bring in key role players to give the Heat a much better surrounding cast.
Plenty of teams are looking to rebuild or put themselves in contention, and Bosh possesses a lot of talent to help out anyone.
Dwight Howard Can Get More out of Free Agency
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Dwight Howard should really check out his options this offseason. The NBA has a lack of talent at the center position, and Howard could become the highest paid player in the league because of that.
If he wants a lucrative contract, free agency is the way to go.
If he wants his own team built around him, free agency is the way to go.
If he wants to win championships, well, you see where I'm going with this.
Howard will get what he wants this offseason, whether it's a new contract in sunny Orlando, or packing up for a new destination.
New Jersey or Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade possibly?
Or could he be enough to give the Rockets lift-off in Houston?
The Big Three Can Win Multiple Championships
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We all remember the cheesy movie-like signing celebration with the Big Three, but it was for a reason. When these guys say they plan on winning multiple championships, they are not sugarcoating it.
Say what you want about last season, it was by no means a complete failure.
Year one showed a lot of potential to be great, but work still needs to be done.
If Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem stay healthy, they can be big factors off the bench. They both bring energy and cover specific needs for the Heat.
Mario Chalmers can be a huge factor if he decides to re-sign. He is never going to be an All-Star caliber player, but Miami doesn't need that. He plays hard defense and has never been afraid to take big shots.
Then we have Joel Anthony. Stat gurus won't get excited about Anthony, but his heart and hustle made him a fan favorite in Miami. He is always creating second chance opportunities and is never afraid to get posterized while defending the rim. Every team needs the true team player, and Anthony covers this for the Heat.
The Heat don't have much room for acquisitions, but I'll bet the house on the Big Three and this supporting cast any day.
Having two of the three best players in the NBA is a rarity—with a little chemistry work, look for them to keep winning.
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Miami should remain silent on any big trade talks. Especially with LeBron James.
I stated that Bosh was a more expendable player than James, but Miami shouldn't consider trading him. Pat Riley and the Heat front office had a plan last offseason, and there is no reason to fold now.
As for Dwight Howard, Orlando will try to do everything they can to keep him in a Magic uniform. Surrounding Howard with some legit role players is crucial, and trading him should be out of the question for now.
Overall, this trade is very unlikely. Speculation is great, but reality says no chance.
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