The Miami Heat are once again the favorites to win the NBA Finals, but it appears their window is closing rapidly on them. Not only is there fear that LeBron James will opt-out at the end of the year and become a free agent, but the Heat aren’t the only dominating force in the NBA anymore.
It’s because of this that NBA analyst David Aldridge is reporting that league executives expect the Heat to make at least one more trade before the deadline arrives.
With Oden looking like he can be a contributor, the Heat sent veteran center Joel Anthony to Boston last week as part of a three-team deal that brought guard Toney Douglas to Miami. But people around the league think the Heat are still looking to make another deal, for a wing, before the trade deadline.
Along with the San Antonio Spurs, the Heat are competing for a title with the Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder. All of those teams have better records than the Heat do right now, which makes the defending champions the fifth best team in the league.
It’s clear that they covet another wing player to add depth to their roster, but no one is jumping ship on them or their chances to three-peat just yet. However, if the Heat are gassed in January, that doesn’t bode well for how long they’ll last in May or June.