NBA Cleveland CavaliersMiami Heat

5 Reasons Why the Miami Heat Should Trade for Dion Waiters

1 of 6

The Miami Heat Should Make a Move and Acquire Dion Waiters

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat need to make a move before the trade deadline, and they have until February 20th to do so. There is a lot riding on the outcome of this season, and Miami wants to make sure they can at least bring home another banner when it is all said and done.

After the Indiana Pacers made a move to add Andrew Bynum, the Heat absolutely must make an addition or two in order to keep up. In the postseason, Miami’s depth in comparison to Indiana’s may not hold up, and that is something to be worried about if you are a Heat fan.

One of the players rumored to be traded in the coming days is Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters. Only in his second year, Waiters has not had the best relationship with the organization and has shown immaturity at times. Maybe, just maybe, the veterans in Miami could help him along.

If the Heat were to add Waiters, they would be doing themselves a huge favor. First of all, the fact that Waiters is still young and impressionable gives him the chance to be mentored by a guy like LeBron James; not to mention the rest of the veterans on the roster.

There are a few reasons why trading for a guy like Waiters would make a lot of sense for Miami. Of course, the Heat may need to add some depth in the frontcourt as well. But, if they are to capture a third straight title, Waiters would be worth the addition. Here are five reasons why Miami must make a move to bring Waiters to South Beach.

2 of 6

5. Still Available

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Waiters and the Cavaliers have never been on great terms over the course of the last few months, and as far as everyone knows he is still available via trade. Cleveland’s season has gone down the drain, and moving Waiters could help at least work toward a better morale overall.

3 of 6

4. Inexpensive and Low-Risk

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Waiters’ contract includes a team option in the next two years -- $4 million and $5 million respectively -- and a qualifying offer in his final year of $6.7 million. He is fairly inexpensive for how much potential he still holds, and would be a low-risk option if the Heat wanted to part ways this summer.

4 of 6

3. Added Depth for Playoffs

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Miami wants a third straight title – that is all they are thinking about, period. Adding Waiters would give them just one more piece to use at head coach Erik Spoelstra’s disposal. In the postseason, depth is one of the biggest keys to winning.

5 of 6

2. Take Pressure off LeBron James

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, Waiters will not be working his way into “The Big Three.” But, his youth, athleticism and scoring ability will allow a bit of pressure to be taken off the reigning MVP – especially come playoff time.

6 of 6

1. Dwyane Wade’s Health

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest concerns all year for Miami has been the health of Dwyane Wade. Waiters would be a valuable backup to have in his place, should Wade require extra rest or, God forbid, gets injured down the stretch.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman or add him to your network on Google.


5 Reasons Why the Chicago Bulls Should Trade For Harrison Barnes