The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean players are done moving around. While no more trading is allowed, teams are now beginning to buyout some of the contracts they couldn’t move at the deadline and those players will soon begin to look for work.
Buyout deadline vultures would be an excellent way to describe the Miami Heat as they avoid making splashy trades to fill holes in their rotations and instead look to the buyout market. Last year they added Chris Andersen this way and he ended up being instrumental to brining another title to South Beach.
According to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders, the Heat will again be buyout vultures and are already keeping tabs on Glen Davis — who was bought out on Thursday night — as well as Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison.
The most interesting possibility is Danny Granger. How crazy would it be if the 76ers buy out Granger and then he joins the HEAT? I’m sure he’s not too happy with Indiana after being dealt away, especially to Philly, so it’s possible that he could look to join the HEAT in search of a ring. That would add drama to an already intense series. If they can’t land Granger, some possibilities include Glen Davis, Antawn Jamison and any of the current free agents or players returning from China.
Adding Granger would make for an interesting postseason storyline, to say the least, but he has to be bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers first. There’s no guarantee that they’ll do that but the Heat are clearly looking at more moves and this second transaction deadline is usually where they shine.