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Erik Spoelstra says Heat don’t need to make trades

Jan 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

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It’s the time of year when a young fan’s fancy turns to trades… but coach Erik Spoelstra says Heat fans shouldn’t bother.

Sounding like a guy whose team has won 21 of 22, Spoelstra said the Heat don’t need to make any trades right now, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“(Pat Riley) asks me all the time, and that’s what I say. I feel like we have enough and I really would like to see what this looks like, anyway, with a healthy Mike Miller,” Spoelstra said.

“Trying to add another two or three players, that always becomes more of a challenge. And so it is easier for me when we’re focusing on just who we have and it’s been a good group.”

The question of additions is not for now, but for down the line when they could have to deal with Dwight Howard or the long front lines of Boston and Los Angeles in the playoffs. (Lakers, we should add, although the Heat get to see the athletic Clippers front line Wednesday night.) The remaining questions about this Heat team cannot be answered until the playoffs.

Not that the Heat can really make trades. They are over the cap and outside of the obvious three they are not giving up, only Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem would have real trade value on the market. And the Heat aren’t moving them, either.

Despite that, it’s hard not to appreciate Spoelstra’s point. It took this team a couple months to really blend and start to play defense together. To bring in a host of new players is to reset that clock. The Heat may be better dancing with this band this season and making the necessary moves this summer.

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I’d like if they address the PG position, but they don’t really have the assets or cap space to acquire anyone better than what they have now…

  2. thestudiokida - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    I dont even need to read this article to tell you the truth. The Heat cant make any big trades. They have zero cap space, zero exceptions and trade-unfriendly contracts.

    They wont trade the big 3. Other than Miller & Haslem the rest of the team has minimum contracts. Say they want to trade for Camby; they would have to give up Miller & at least 3 other minimum players to get back only 1. Its just unlikely for any good trades to be possible.

  3. progress2011 - Jan 12, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Besides the ” Big 3 ” …..TRADE THE ENTIRE TEAM !

    1. I like Haslem’s game but he is too small to compete with the bigs in Boston or L.A. LBJ may be taller and bigger than him.
    2. Mike Miller is O.K….but he is too one dimensional and is a liability on defense !

    The Heat MUST address the Center and PG positions :
    1. Andre Miller of Portland – larger guy that can run the point. A true point guard. Decent scorer and defender. LBJ has to often run the PG position because Arroyo and Chalmers have the foot speed and dribbling ability of Dikembe Mutombo !

    2. Brendan Haywood of Dallas – True 7 footer. The Heat don’t need a lot of points from him but his size inside will be mandatory. LBJ had to play the Center position in the come back win over Portland. That won’t work out against the Celtics, Orlando or L.A.

    I know all the pundits have all the comments about salary cap space and all the other rhetoric. They said the same thing when the Lakers got Gasol for basically NOTHING !

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