Is Donovan Mitchell someone that the Heat can target at this year’s Trade Deadline? Only Pat Riley and the Miami Heat front office truly have that answer, but there are once again some things surfacing on the internet linking Mitchell to Miami.
Mitchell has found himself involved in trade rumors tied to the Heat organization for years now.
Bam Adebayo is someone who has a very close relationship with Mitchell both on and off the court, and have been seen working out together over the years.
They have also both played together in the Miami Pro League pick up games over the last couple summer’s.
The multi-time All-Star and superstar guard has quietly made it known he won’t be re-signing with the Cleveland Cavs after the season; his current team.
He was recently traded there two summers ago in a blockbuster deal with the Utah Jazz.
He has not made any signs yet that he plans to sign a contract extension, which would eventually make him an UFA . Cleveland would most certainly want a chance to get something for him rather than lose him for nothing.
Without signing an extension, he is under contract for the rest of this season and through the end of next season, where he then can use his Player Option to sign with any team.
Mitchell has reportedly been deemed available for the February 8 Trade Deadline, per several sources.
According to Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today Sports, the Miami Heat still have their eyes on the star Cavs player.
In the USA Today article, it was mentioned:
“The Heat have been looking for a combo guard and have long had their eyes on Mitchell.”
Heat Nation knows better than to get overly excited over reports like this.
Before the 2023-2024 season began, the Heat had a golden opportunity to bolster this roster to the next level after Damian Lillard requested to be traded specifically to the Heat and Heat only.
Miami was active in talks, but nothing made significant progress.
Pat Riley insinuated that the front office likes this roster currently and wanted to see what they could do following another NBA Finals berth.
However, injuries throughout the entire roster and the lack of star power with core guys like Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Adebayo being in and out of the lineups, have been holding this Miami team back from reaching their full potential.
Even if no trades are set and stone, it is still trade season. There are going to a plethora of rumors and reports with the Trade Deadline coming up on February 8.
Donovan Mitchell, 27 years and old and in the very beginning of his prime, will be a name that headlines this Deadline class.
This is a developing news story. Stay tuned for updates.
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