On the tail of the massive news this morning that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be teaming up in Miami, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Heat could be making a run at a couple Blazers very soon:
As a possible contingency plan if they don’t get James, the Heat have discussed pursuing the Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller in a trade, a source said. The Heat could absorb Miller’s $7 million salary with their cap space. The Heat also have had trade conversations since before the draft about sending point guard Mario Chalmers and a first-round pick to Portland for shooting guard Rudy Fernandez, a league source said. It’s possible the talks have now expanded with Heat forward Michael Beasley and Miller.
What do you think about 11.2 career PER, 34.6 career shooter from three Mario Chalmers? Would you take him back for Rudy? The other question is just what the Heat, with so few players on the roster, could offer for Andre Miller. Other than Chalmers, Beasley, a trade exception and draft picks, they don’t have a ton of assets left to them. That’s probably not enough to get a Miller deal done unless a third team is involved. Miller+Rudy for Chalmers+Beasley+Picks+Trade Exception isn’t a move I’d be jumping to do. Would you?
Also, Kevin Durant will sign a five-year extension with the Thunder. Not that that’s a surprise.
UPDATE: Jason Quick says such a deal is “unlikely”, per Andy Miller, agents for both Andre Miller and Fernandez. It’s possible the Chalmers-Blazers buzz is a holdover from Kevin Pritchard’s tenure as GM, as both KP and Chalmers are Kansas alums. That may seem like loose reasoning, but it does come into play.