The Miami Heat aren’t know not be active at the trade deadline, as they tend to use the buyout deadline to get the pieces they want. With just over 24 hours until the deadline arrives, the defending NBA champs are starting to hear their names mentioned more and more in trade rumors and are even starting to get phone calls they’re having to turn away.
According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Heat have received calls about point guard Norris Cole and are turning teams away.
For every call, the Heat have offered stiff rejections, sources said, and value Cole as one of their best young assets. Pat Riley traded for Cole in the 2011 NBA Draft and the 6-foot-2 guard swiftly emerged as a contributing reserve, boasting a consistent midrange jumper, defensive ferocity and a keen ability to run a team.
The Heat have been in the market to acquire some depth at guard,so it would seem odd that they would be trading one away. Obviously, they aren’t doing that but it’s interesting that teams would at least ask.
Still, Miami will likely be making moves, but as has been reported more and more in the past few days, those moves will likely come in the form out bought out contracts and not trades.