The Heat could stand to add more talent at point guard. Kyle Lowry would be their dream, though Toronto must be considered the favorite to retain him. Miami could also land much-needed help on the wings by snagging Shawn Marion, Marvin Williams or Trevor Ariza. I’m also told that Pat Riley intends to make a run at Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins, who has one year left on his contract.
It’s pretty obvious why the Heat would want Perk. Despite all the negativity around him, they’ve desperately been hunting an interior defender for a while, which is necessary to have with some of the bigs in the East like Roy Hibbert, Marcin Gortat/Nene, Joakim Noah and Al Jefferson.
Perk is on an expiring, which gives him as much trade value as he’s ever going to have. If the Thunder truly feel that Steven Adams is prepared for a starting role, they could pull the trigger. The issue is, what do the Heat have that the Thunder would care about? They only have one player under contract for next season — Norris Cole — and the No. 26 overall pick, which the Thunder don’t especially need.
What the Heat could do is help facilitate a three-team deal, though. For example: Arron Afflalo to OKC with Perk to Miami as Norris Cole, Jeremy Lamb and the 21st overall pick go to Orlando. Just a thought.
(Note: That deal would be contingent on a few factors because if everyone opts back in for the Heat, they’d be over the cap and would need to match salaries. But you get my drift.)