Miami Heat would like to pair Star Big Man with Bam Adebayo

The Miami Heat appear ready to jump at the chance to trade for Utah Jazz star Lauri Markkanen.

Markkanen has more value to a championship contender than the Jazz because of the disconnect in their timelines. The Jazz finished with a 31-51 record, despite the former Most Improved Player averaging more than 23 points for the second consecutive season. Most believe Utah’s front office should move Markkanen before next year’s trade deadline, with the Heat a potential suitor.

“There are a few teams where, if you look at it, he will be their dream target,” the GM said, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports. “With the Lakers you get a guy like him with Anthony Davis, and that’s perfect for both guys. The Knicks would love to get him. The Heat put him with Bam (Adebayo) again and that’s the pair you want to build around, you can send Jimmy (Butler) wherever he wants.

The idea of ​​building a core around Adebayo and Markkanen is appealing, but the Heat should look to retain Butler if possible. The hypothetical Big Three could pose a much bigger threat to other Eastern Conference contenders like the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. Butler and Adebayo have reached the NBA Finals twice, meaning the addition of a 7-foot-1 sharpshooter could push them over the hump.

Anthony Pasciolla works as a writer for Inside the Heat. He can be reached at [email protected] or check out his TikTok @apasciolla.

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