3. Heat find their 3rd star
The Miami Heat are always searching for their next star and are still reeling from missing out on Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday. They made a surprise run to the finals last season, but are struggling after losing some key rotation pieces in free agency. The Heat need more talent and have just two first-round picks to offer in deals.
Getting DeRozan’s expiring contract could be the perfect move for Miami. It gives the Heat a bit more shot creation, but their floor spacing would be a worry. Jimmy Butler is also a master in the mid-range and things would be tight with their three stars all being virtual non-shooters. Still, DeRozan may be the best player available in Miami’s price range.
The Bulls get Kyle Lowry’s expiring contract, an unprotected first in 2028, and the only second-rounder that Miami currently owns. It is unlikely to be the biggest offer, but Chicago could gamble on the Heat’s demise. DeRozan and Butler are both 34 and Miami could be struggling in three years.
If the Chicago Bulls are beginning a rebuild, they should want to maximize their draft capital. Still, having a potential top-ten pick is always more appealing than one the franchise knows will be in the 20s. The Bulls may use that logic to execute this deal or they could look to another uncertain contender for more.