NBA Trade Speculation: Why Heat, Celtics and Mavericks Must Make Massive Moves

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIINovember 26, 2011

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With the NBA Lockout looking like it's finally coming to a close, it's time to start looking at what teams will look to make big moves prior to the start of the NBA season.

Teams that everybody will have their eyes on include some of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks are all teams that need to make some big moves either in free agency or the trade market before the season kicks off.

Every one of these teams has the potential to be the team representing the East when the NBA Finals roll around.

All of them are also just missing one or two pieces to stand out above the rest.

Here is a closer look at moves that these teams should make.


Miami Heat

Before they can win seven championships, the Miami Heat just need to grab one with the big three.

However, it appears that the big three will not be enough to get the job done on their own. This team is just missing one or two pieces to be the most dominant team in basketball.

One player that the Heat may want to look to bring in is another talented individual in Cleveland.

PG Ramon Sessions clearly isn't going to be spending too much time on the Cavaliers roster. Before the trade deadline there were multiple teams interested in acquiring him.

Sessions has a cheap contract, with just two years and $9 million remaining, which is essential for a team like Miami, who has already spent so much money elsewhere.


Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are a team that is aging quickly and could very well pull the trigger on multiple players across the league.

Most of those players have something in common—their position.

The Celtics are in desperate need of getting a shooting guard, and there are plenty who could be available.

O.J. Mayo was nearly traded from Memphis to Indiana last season, but the trade was voided due to missing the deadline.

Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets and Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz are two other guards who could be on the move this offseason.

I wouldn't be surprised if one of them ended up in Boston.


Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic are in a difficult situation.

It appears that superstar Dwight Howard will either leave for free agency or be traded from the team.

Obviously, the Magic have more to gain by trading Howard. It's something that they may consider doing in order to stockpile some young talent.

They can't afford to let Howard walk away like the Cavaliers did with LeBron James.

It's unclear what could transpire from a possible trade. Anything is really possible.

One possibility would be a package deal that would bring SG Monta Ellis to Orlando. Ellis along with draft picks or more players could be enough for the Magic to pull the trigger on a trade.