NBA Trade Rumors: Heat Could Sacrifice Tyler Herro To Acquire Zach LaVine This Summer

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After surprisingly reaching the NBA Finals last year, the Miami Heat became a huge disappointments in the 2020-21 NBA season. Despite having almost the same core that they had last season, the Heat have struggled to win games and are inconsistent with their performance on both ends of the floor. Though they have managed to reach the postseason, the Heat are currently on the verge of being swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2021 Playoffs.

Heat Should Aggressively Pursue Third Star

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If they want to keep Jimmy Butler happy in South Beach, Heat president Pat Riley should strongly consider making major roster upgrades in the 2021 offseason. In a recent article, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report created a list of best trades every NBA team can actually make this summer. For the Heat, it's the hypothetical blockbuster deal that would send them All-Star shooting guard Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls.

In the proposed trade scenario, the Heat would be acquiring LaVine by trading Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic to the Bulls.

Why The Bulls Would Make The Trade

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As of now, the Bulls haven't shown any indication that they are planning to move LaVine this summer. However, if he expresses his desire to leave, trading him to the Heat for Herro and Dragic would make a lot of sense for the Bulls.

"Herro would be a nice replacement, a 21-year-old shooting guard with two years remaining on his rookie deal. He averaged 15.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and shot 36.0 percent from three, primarily as a sixth man," Swartz wrote. "Dragic would also be a useful piece for a Bulls team lacking a true point guard. The 35-year-old helps Chicago make a playoff push now while mentoring Herro, Coby White and the other young guards."

Zach LaVine Is Worth Giving Up Tyler Herro

Sacrificing Herro would definitely be worth it for the Heat, especially if it means acquiring another All-Star in LaVine. LaVine would provide the Heat the much-needed boost with their offense that currently ranks 19th in the league, scoring 109.1 points per 100 possessions, per ESPN.

He would give them a very reliable second scoring option next to Butler, as well as a great ball-handler, playmaker, rebounder, and floor-spacer. This season, the 26-year-old shooting guard averaged 27.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists while shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Heat Forms Another 'Big Three' In South Beach

LaVine would still need time to learn Coach Erik Spoelstra's system. However, with his ability to excel in an off-ball capacity, he isn't expected to have a hard time making himself fit alongside Butler and Bam Adebayo on the court. Sharing the court with an elite three-pointer like LaVine could actually benefit Butler and Adebayo as it would make it easier for them to penetrate the opposing team's defense.

If LaVine, and Butler, and Adebayo find the perfect chemistry, the Heat could form a "Big Three" that would give them a realistic chance of beating powerhouse teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Bucks in a best-of-seven series.