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Miami Heat Rumors: 5 Players To Target Before Trade Deadline

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The Miami Heat Should Trade For Another Asset to Help With Title Run

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The Miami Heat have been somewhat overshadowed by the surging Indiana Pacers over the course of this season. The Pacers have justified every bit of attention they have received, however, as they have drastically improved from a year ago and look to lock down the number one overall seed in the Eastern Conference when all is said and done.

Indiana also went out and further bolstered their front court by signing center Andrew Bynum, who should help the Pacers dominate the post when they face the Heat come playoff time – something Miami needs help defending now more than ever before.

Miami will likely look to make a deal prior to the 2014 NBA trade deadline, but they may need to address more than just the depth in the post. Dwyane Wade has been struggling with his health and the Heat have been trying to preserve the guard’s knees all season long. Wade’s knees are a major concern, as is the depth behind him.

With two major needs heading into the All-Star break, could Miami wind up addressing at least one of them? After all, Indiana looks like the favorite to win the East right now and the Heat are attempting to complete the three-peat.

Many players around the league have been rumored to be available via trade, but there are a certain few that just might make sense for the Heat, specifically. With that said, here are five players the Heat should look to deal for prior to this year’s trade deadline.

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5. Metta World Peace

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Now that they know Metta World Peace is open to a trade, Miami should be the first one to give the New York Knicks a call. He would be a great fit, especially defensively. The Heat do a phenomenal job bringing in veterans and getting them acclimated to a certain type of role. World Peace fits that mold well.

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4. Omer Asik

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The fact that Omer Asik’s salary this year is only around $5 million is a positive. Next year, the Heat may not have anyone from this season’s roster on board and Asik could be a building block going forward. For a playoff run, though, he could be an incredibly valuable asset down low. The Houston Rockets realize his trade value has gone down over the past several months since he requested to be moved, but could still look to get something in return for him.

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3. Chris Kaman

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It is pretty clear Chris Kaman seems to have had it with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Heat should be calling. Kaman would be a great veteran presence to have down low during the playoffs and could contribute offensively as well.

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2. Spencer Hawes

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Spencer Hawes is another guy on the trade block at the moment, seeing as the Philadelphia 76ers are waiting to let Nerlens Noel claim the starting center job. Hawes could help out in the post like the previous two big men and fill one of the biggest needs for the Heat. He is also only 25 years old, still.

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1. DeMar DeRozan

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Considering the Toronto Raptors’ current playoff positioning, it’s hard to imagine them giving up DeMar DeRozan. However, Miami has been rumored to be interested in the young swingman and he would certainly add a completely different aspect to the team – another threat. I would crown the Heat this very moment if they were able to pull off such a deal.

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