Miami Heat looking to upgrade at power forward position

Miami Heat looking to upgrade at power forward position

Recent rumors regarding the Miami Heat have suggested that the team is trying to improve the strength of their roster, especially at the forward end. With Yahoo! Sports’ Jake Fischer sheds some light on the matter, as we look at realistic options for Miami to address issues in their frontcourt.

The Heat have been involved in several rumors during the season. The interesting thing to note, however, is that these rumors have mostly linked the team to frontcourt players.

With Duncan Robinson put up for sale along with other assets such as Caleb Martin, the Heat have actively made an effort to pursue power forwards.

It’s intriguing to note because Miami has played a big role this season with an undersized roster. With Martin currently playing 4, the Heat have had some success. But they are definitely not where they want to be.

In this regard, a recent report by Yahoo! Sports’ Jake Fischer pointed to Miami’s need for a solid forward. In an episode of the “Locked on Heat” podcast, Fischer spoke about the Heat’s pursuit for a forward. He said:

“The vanguard position has clearly been one that Miami is at least engaged in conversations about, say, trying to level up. I don’t really see a ton of options on the board,” Jake said. Fischer on the pod.

Fischer also made some interesting suggestions when considering a trade for a power forward. While several players were mentioned earlier, Fischer included Utah Jazz forward Jarred Vanderbilt in the mix.

Vanderbilt, who was traded to the Jazz as part of a deal to see Rudy Gobert go to Minnesota, is a very solid player. As a great rebounder and defender, he could add value to Miami’s rotation. However, Fischer also added that he doesn’t see the deal having much impact.

As things stand, the Heat have their sights set on multiple targets. However, facilitating a trade for them seems like quite a challenge.

The Miami Heat’s difficulties in finding a trade

The Miami Heat have been embroiled in trade rumors for much of the season. Most of these trades saw Duncan Robinson included as a central figure. However, this is potentially the reason why none of the trades worked.

Robinson has been included in nearly every deal for Miami. Given the price of his contract and his disappointing performances on the pitch, few teams were interested in him.

This largely explains why the Miami Heat were unable to trade for Jae Crowder, whom they had been watching for some time.

There were rumors that Miami was also linked with talks for John Collins. Collins is a solid power forward with enough upside to get the Heat moving. Additionally, Robinson could also thrive in a new system like Atlanta, especially given his role.

However, internal doubts over Collins’ fit alongside Miami Heat superstar Bam Adebayo continue to stand in the way of facilitating a trade.

Read: NBA rumours: Miami Heat had initial talks of potential sniper trade with Dallas Mavericks

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