The Miami Heat have big decisions to make in the coming months. The future of Chris Bosh is still up in the air, with recent reports indicating that the All-Star power forward might be traded soon.
Losing Bosh could be the third big blow for the Heat in recent years after Dwyane Wade and LeBron James opted to play elsewhere. With the Heat running out of options for them stay relevant in the Eastern Conference, Miami could turn their focus on a disgruntled star from a Western Conference team.
Miami Heat To Chase Rudy Gay?
Gay has made it no secret that he wants out of the Sacramento Kings soon. While the 30-year-old small forward is not among the biggest names in the league today, several teams are still expected to make a run at him.
The 10-year veteran, who also had stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors, could be a good fit for the Heat. According to FanSided’s Sir Charles In Charge, Heat president Pat Riley could pursue a deal for Gay.
“After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency, this is something that should not be seen as surprising,” Sir Charles In Charge noted, referring to the Gay to Heat rumors. “In an effort to remain relevant, Riley could move some of their backcourt players for Gay.”
The Heat have a surplus of backcourt players heading into the 2016-17 NBA season. They have Goran Dragic as their starting point guard and Beno Udrih as backup playmaker. At shooting guard, they have Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington.
If Riley and the Heat decide to give up one of their guards in a deal for Gay, the report pointed out that they could part ways with Dragic. The veteran playmaker is too vital of a factor for the Heat, but moving him could do more good than harm for the Heat.
Aside from getting Gay in return, giving up Dragic will have significant financial implication for the Heat. Dragic is just playing in the second year of his five-year, $85 million contract. Trading him before the deadline will give the Heat more cap room to improve their roster next summer.