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Mavericks, Heat talking trade?

Jul 6, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks have been discussing a deal that would send center Brendan Haywood to Miami in a sign-and-trade deal. In exchange for Haywood, the Heat would be more than happy to send Jermaine O’Neal to Dallas in a sign-and-trade or give them former #2 pick Michael Beasley. 

The Heat have also been in discussions with the Jazz. As of right now, those discussions have centered around a possible Jermaine O’Neal-Carlos Boozer sign-and-trade. The Heat’s motivation for this deal is obvious. Even if Miami does manage to keep Dwayne Wade and convince a Chris Bosh or Carlos Boozer to play with him, the Heat still wouldn’t have a center who could grab rebounds, defend the rim, and convert easy chances inside. Haywood does all of those things, and would represent a significant upgrade over Joel Anthony, the only center the Heat currently have under contract. 
  1. Jared - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    I don’t really see why Dallas would do this. They want to keep Haywood, not trade him. Jermaine is over the hill and Beasley is a dissapointment. Cuban is smarter than that.

  2. Marky Mark - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Haywood bristled at being brought off the bench, and he clashed with Carlisle a few times. I think that’s why Dallas isn’t just looking to sign him outright. Or maybe it’s a money thing. I agree that it makes no sense whatsoever to take on the corpse of Jermaine O’Neal or the headache of Michael Beasley, though. I think you have to do better than that.
    All of the talk before Dirk signed was that Dallas would get him back on board and then be aggressive with either free agency or sign-and-trades in order to get Dirk some quality pieces. I’m a little bit leery of how quiet things are thus far. Maybe we just have to wait for the free agent pieces to fall and then our options open up, but if our big off-season acquisition is Jermaine O’Neal or Michael Beasley, that’s going to be a drag.

  3. Jared - Jul 6, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Agreed. The CP3 trade possibility seems to be unlikely (especially with Kidd in place), none of the big three are coming here, and no one else on the market seems like a good fit (not that we have the cap room anyways). I guess all we can hope for now is that an increase in Roddy B’s minutes will be the equivilent to gaining a free agent in a sense. But Cuban has done more with less in the past. I think you’re right, we’re just going to have to wait until the dust (chip) settles before we make a move.

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