Norris Cole recently found his name among trade rumors, which died down when Miami Heat exercised their 2014-15 team option on him. While this slowed down the rumors, it does not make Cole immune to a future possible trade, but the young point guard is not concerned with the rumors.
“I didn’t think anything of it because I can’t control what goes on in the business aspect of it,” Cole said. “All I can control is what [happens] on the court and how I play.”
“I’m playing with some of the best talent in the world and I’m getting a chance to develop under them, so it’s great,” Cole said. “My time will come. Right now it’s about winning and developing and getting better, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
It’s a little surprising that Cole’s name has even been in the rumor mill. His numbers (5.6 points, 2.1 assists) certainly doesn’t reflect his true value, as he has been an important piece of Miami’s championship puzzle. Like just about every other Heat player, Cole has embraced his role, played hard and hustled, qualities which have helped him win two championships in his first two years in the league.
Getting something valuable in return for Cole would be a tough sell – he is the type of player that is worth a lot more to Miami than to any other team. The Heat are obviously keen to save money and shedding Cole’s salary would provide some cap relief, but he will remain a member of the team for now.