Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sources: Heat shopping Miller in trade talks
By Brian Windhorst
MIAMI -- The Heat clearly made their major moves last summer, but that hasn’t stopped them from being active on the trade market.
According to multiple league executives, the Heat have floated Mike Miller in several different trade scenarios as they look to upgrade at the center or point guard positions. Miller missed his second straight game Tuesday -- when the Heat knocked off the Kings 117-87 -- out of precaution as he recovers from a head injury and an ear infection.
Miller is the Heat’s most tradable asset, even though he’s in the first season of a five-year, $29 million contract he signed last summer and is averaging just 5.9 points on 41 percent shooting as he recovers from a hand injury that cost him the first two months of the season.
One executive said the Heat have been calling around but just "don’t have much they can trade." This is literally true, as several of Miami's players who signed minimum contracts this summer -- such as Jamaal Magloire and Carlos Arroyo -- can’t be traded without their permission because they’d lose their Bird Rights. Two other players, Udonis Haslem and rookie Dexter Pittman, are both out recovering from surgeries.
The only other significant asset the Heat have that would merit any interest is the Timberwolves’ 2011 second-round pick, which would be a sweetener at best.
The Heat have been unsettled at center and point guard for much of the season as coach Erik Spoelstra has regularly changed his rotations -- as evidenced by Tuesday's decision to move Erick Dampier into the starter’s role at center for the first time.
If the Heat are able to add a player, it will most likely come after a veteran has been bought out sometime in the next week. With 15 players on the roster, such a move would require the team to cut a player.
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