Even though the LeBron James tenure in South Beach is now over, the Miami Heat have to move on. They’ve already brought back Chris Bosh and have began to focus on other free agents like Luol Deng. The team also has a handful of assets on their roster that they could trade, though it appears they aren’t open to moving just anybody.
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According to Chris Haynes, the Miami Heat value what Norris Cole brings to their team and don’t have any interest in trading the young point guard.
It’s a bit of an odd sentiment considering Cole was rumored to potentially be involved in a sign-and-trade scenario which involved Kyle Lowry (though that report ended up being false) along with also allegedly being on the block when the Heat traded for the rights to Shabazz Napier during the NBA draft.
Still, despite the rumors surrounding Cole he has remained on the Miami Heat roster and appears destined to do so moving forward.
A three-year veteran, Cole has emerged as a solid backup point guard and could be in line for increased playing time this season. Still, he’s not exactly somebody who has proven himself to be untradeable, so why the Miami Heat are not willing to move him is a little odd.
Selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Cole put up 6.4 points and 3 assists per game last season while shooting 41 percent from the field.
Solid numbers, no doubt, but it appears as if the Miami Heat think higher of Norris Cole than most.