The Miami Heat will be entering the 2016-17 NBA season without their main men Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Heat will be sending a trade package centered on Justise Winslow to acquire Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings.
The departure of Dwyane Wade in the recent free agency and Chris Bosh’ health issues makes way for Hassan Whiteside to lead the Miami Heat in the upcoming season. It is undeniable the Whiteside was the main priority of the Heat this summer when they immediately locked him to a four-year deal worth $98 million.
The Heat got a good start in the preseason with a win against the Washington Wizards. Goran Dragic showed his incredible passing skills to give plenty of space for open three-pointers. However, it is very noticeable that the Heat lack of players who are efficient in the three-point range.
According to Barry Jackson of Miami Herald, Rudy Gay sees the Miami Heat as an attractive trade destination if the Kings will consider moving him before free agency. Gay has already informed the Kings that he will opt out, his contract and become a free agent next summer.
With this, the Kings must be considered to trade him now than let him go in next year’s free agency without getting anything in return. The 30-year-old small forward averaged 18.4 points per game with 750 three-pointers on 34.4 percent shooting, way much better than Justise Winslow 27.6 percent.
“For the most part, those three were a byproduct of an extra pass or hitting the open man. It helps having guys that can knock down those shots as well. I liked those possessions. It led to the better shot. And guys enjoy that. It becomes something now you’re looking to make the extra pass to try get the next guy with a wide open shot rather than taking something that might be an average shot.” coach Erik Spoelstra said.
If the Heat wants Rudy Gay now, the problem will be the trade assets they will be sent to the Sacramento Kings. With Gay set to become a free agent next summer, there is a higher possibility that the Kings will not be demanding a fair return.
In a suggested trade scenario, the Heat could send a trade package centered on Justise Winslow. Winslow is still a long-term project for the Heat as he’s still improving his three-point shooting under coach Rob Fodor.
With Wade and Bosh missing, the Heat will be needing a veteran presence and additional boost on the offensive end. However, it is still a possibility for the Heat to wait until next summer to add Rudy Gay to their team.
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