The NBA trade deadline is approaching, which means the rumor mill is spinning out of control with players and trades that may or may not happen.
With the NBA trade deadline approaching in the next few hours, there will be players mentioned in trades that end up getting moved and players mentioned who stay put and are nothing more than smokescreens and broken deals. When it comes to the Miami Heat, there are a number of trades the team can make, but the question is will they pull the trigger on any of them?
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There has been much talk about the future of Norris Cole, as teams like the Cavaliers, Pistons and Wizards have all been discussed in possible trade rumors involving the young guard. But he’s not the player you should be keeping an eye on — at least not according to one insider.
According to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders, one player who could end up getting moved at the deadline is Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.
Deng was signed this offseason when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers following the re-signing of LeBron James. Miami is using Deng as LeBron’s replacement in the lineup, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be moved at the deadline.
Miami is among the teams being considered by Goran Dragic, and if moving Deng helps them land the guard then that’s what Pat Riley might do. But don’t expect him to move any of his pieces for anything less than a stellar deal. Miami is in the playoff hunt and looking to lock up a spot in the near future.
We’ve seen teams mess up their chemistry at the trade deadline, but the Heat aren’t looking to do that just to make a deal. If a trade offer comes in they like, then Deng could be on the move but this isn’t a front office that makes deals on whim and Deng could end up being safe when the dust settles.
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