There figures to be plenty of moves made prior to this year’s NBA trade deadline on February 20th, and the Miami Heat are a team that must be involved. Now that the Indiana Pacers have added big man Andrew Bynum, the Heat have to do something to keep up in terms of their front court.
When the two meet in the playoffs, the Pacers will have a decisive advantage if the Heat stay put at the moment – thus the Heat’s interest in Boston Celtics power forward Kris Humphries.
According to the International Business Times, the Heat could trade for Humphries and in the process, send a long-time Miami power forward to Boston in return. Udonis Haslem is a name that has come up in the rumors between the Heat and Celtics, and he may be on his way out if Miami chooses to make a deal for Humphries.
Something that cannot get lost in these talks is the $12 million expiring contract of Humphries, which would make him that much more desirable for the Heat seeing as this summer is an important one for them – that being the biggest understatement of the year.
With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh being able to potentially suit up in a different uniform come next season, the Heat need all the money they can get. Humphries would fit right in, however, as the majority of Miami’s roster could enter free agency between expiring deals and opt-outs in 2014.
For Boston, the deal doesn’t mean much other than clearing a bit more cap space for their rebuild. Rajon Rondo is a name that has been thrown around virtually all season long, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be dealt as well. For now, Humphries looks like he could be on his way to Miami barring any major difficulty in getting the deal done.