In the wake of Chris Bosh’s health scare, the Miami Heat are reportedly trying to land a solid haul at the trade deadline. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Monday about the Heat’s interest in bringing both Atlanta Hawks star Jeff Teague and Al Horford.
With Bosh out indefinitely due to his recent blood clotting problem, the Heat will likely try to fill in holes in their lineup through trades. The Heat are linked to various trade possibilities, including deals that involve Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets and a bunch of shooters to improve their three-point shooting woes.
However, Jackson also indicated the Heat front-office would like to explore a far more ambitious deal, one that could potentially give them Teague and Horford.
The Heat has been exploring bigger deals, including New York Daily News-reported discussions about Dwight Howard (the Rockets reportedly want at least one first-round pick in the deal and Miami has none to offer) and a day-old radio report of discussions with Atlanta that would send away Whiteside and Dragic to Houston but potentially net Al Horford and Jeff Teague. “
The Hawks have made its core players available for trade discussion weeks ahead of the deadline, although they stressed a deal won’t likely happen unless they receive an impressive trade offer. Both players are still putting up gaudy numbers with Horford averaging 15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and Teague tallying 15.5 points and 5.5 assists per contest.
Various teams, including assets-rich ball clubs like the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors, have already inquired for Horford and Teague, but the Hawks aren’t expected to make a decision until the 11th hour of the trade period.
Many think the Heat could still win the bidding war for the Hawks stars, if they include Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside – two players they are actively shopping – and a future draft pick as a trade sweetener (although it requires a third team to work out this deal).
The Heat signed Dragic to a five-year, $85 million deal, but the Slovenian playmaker has been a bad fit alongside Dwyane Wade. Whiteside, on the other hand, will hit the free-agency market after this season and could command a contract worth $20 million per year, compromising the Heat’s plan to make a run at Kevin Durant this summer.
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