The Miami Heat might be one of the losers of the offseason as they saw some key players walk away in free agency.
However, the biggest loss might be not landing Damian Lillard despite their aggressive pursuit of the former Portland Trail Blazers superstar.
The Heat were widely considered to be the favorites in the Lillard sweepstakes because he named them his preferred destination, but the Trail Blazers weren’t interested in their trade package that reportedly included Tyler Herro.
Instead, Lillard ended up with the Milwaukee Bucks who are going to be looking to get some vengeance over Miami after their recent playoff matchup.
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are one of the NBA’s best tandems, but even they might need help as the top of the Eastern Conference has only gotten better.
Despite missing out on Lillard, it seems like the Heat are trying to land another big-name guard via Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“The 76ers will work on a trade of the 10-time All-Star out of Philadelphia. And when you look at the landscape around the league, the Clippers and Heat are expected to emerge in this process for James Harden, I’m told.” – @ShamsCharania via @TheRally pic.twitter.com/UP0BTRe0zD
— Dru (@dru_star) October 6, 2023
Like Lillard, Harden grew discontent with the Philadelphia 76ers and the situation hit its lowest point over the summer when he got into a public spat with Daryl Morey.
Harden has made it clear that he would like to get traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and the franchise is motivated to get a deal done.
The Heat’s interest in Harden makes sense as they could use another playmaker and outside shooter to complement Butler and Adebayo, though it’s unclear if the 76ers would be willing to trade him to another Eastern Conference powerhouse.NEXT: Erik Spoelstra Makes Big Statement About The Heat’s Depth