Miami Heat Rumors: Metta World Peace Trade May Be in Near Future

By Ryan Heckman
Miami Heat Trade Rumors
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Now that Metta World Peace appears to be open to a trade, the New York Knicks may have no choice but to act soon. The NBA trade deadline is coming up February 20th, and with World Peace in the doghouse of head coach Mike Woodson, the organization should make a move to deal him before it’s too late.

The way I see it, there are a couple of teams that World Peace works best with. The Oklahoma City Thunder are one, but they may not be as great a fit as another contender.

Come playoff time, there is no one better at putting role players to work than the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. Over the last couple of seasons, specifically, we have seen Miami use countless veterans in the postseason to do a variety of things.

Whether it’s been Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Ray Allen or Chris Anderson, Miami has done a great job putting veterans in place to focus on their specific roles in winning a title. Adding a guy like World Peace, who has tons of playoff and championship experience, could be something that puts them over the top.

As Dwyane Wade continues to work through his health issues all season long, the Heat have depended more on a guy like Michael Beasley to come in and play alongside LeBron James at times. Head coach Erik Spoelstra has proved time and again that he doesn’t have to use the traditional 1-through-5 lineup to win — and World Peace would further solidify that notion.

In the postseason, the Heat line up with a wide array of players on the court. They are a team that wants to dictate the flow of the game, and Spoelstra would love to have another savvy veteran at his disposal. Will the Heat pull the trigger and look to bring in a veteran who appears on his way out of New York?

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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