Bill Simmons recently put out a three-part podcast previewing the NBA season through the lens of each team’s over/under for the year. When discussing the Miami Heat, he and his guests started to discuss where the Heat turn to now that their efforts to land Damian Lillard fell flat.
They talked about whether the Heat may have interest in James Harden, but then pivoted to include another Miami trade partner: the Cleveland Cavaliers. Simmons proposed that a deal centered around Tyler Herro and draft compensation would be offered by the Heat in exchange for the All-NBA Cleveland guard.
Here is what such a deal could look like:
It’s been proposed before that the Cavaliers should trade Donovan Mitchell now while he is at the peak of his value rather than wait out the final two years of his deal and see him walk in free agency. Simmons references the relationship with Mitchell and the Cavs “going sideways” and that the Heat will be ready with an offer when and if that happens.
For the Heat this is a no-brainer trade. Mitchell may not quite be at the level of Damian Lillard, but he is significantly younger, healthier and less expensive on his current contract. He would give the Heat a dynamic on-ball scoring threat, and his shooting ability would allow him to pull defenders off-ball when Jimmy Butler runs actions. Of course this deal is on the table if Mitchell is made available.
What would the Cavs say to such a trade?