The Miami Heat may look at a Mario Chalmers trade this offseason along with players like Chris Andersen, Shabazz Napier and Josh McRoberts, as the team has added free agents in Amar'e Stoudemire and Gerald Green while signing back Dwyane Wade with Goran Dragic and this comes as Chris Bosh is nearly ready tor return to the court, while Justise Winslow is dealing with an injury in the Summer League.
Miami has been active this offseason in free agency, signing back Goran Dragic on a near-max deal and coming to an agreement to keep Dwyane Wade as well. The team also brought in Amar'e Stoudemire and Gerald Green on free agent contracts and those players both should get solid minutes off the bench. Miami missed the playoffs last season, but there is a chance that the team makes a run this year, as they have a very strong starting five with Dragic back and if Bosh can stay healthy.
According to Pro Basketball Talk, Miami has been shopping Chalmers and Andersen this offseason and Zach Lowe at Grantland reports that the team also would be willing to trade Napier. The Miami Herald reported earlier in the offseason that the team was looking to "trim cap space" moving into next year, as the team has to sign back Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade and may also look at adding other top of the line free agents.
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The team could consider moving Andersen and/or Chalmers, as both players are making decent chunks of money and are coming into the last years of their contracts. The expiring deals could be attractive to some teams and moving forward Miami may try and push some trades. Marc Stein at ESPN reported that Jamal Crawford could be on the trade block and that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat could be potential landing spots. Andersen is making over $5 million and Chalmers over $4 million and those could be the options for Miami to add Crawford.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Chris Bosh is on his way back from dealing with blood clots and the site reports that he is "around 90 percent" recovered from the condition. Last year Bosh was limited to 44 games with the clot issues, but he played very well in that limited time, making the All-Star game and averaging 21 points and seven rebounds. If Bosh is healthy for next year, the team should be in good position to make the playoffs.
Crawford could be an option for Miami if they trade Napier, Chalmers or Andersen, as he is on an expiring deal and would give the team some bench scoring on the wing. According to the LA Times, Chalmers said he wasn't sure if he would be with the Clippers next season after being asked about it on Twitter. The Clippers have made a number of moves this offseason, including bringing in Paul Pierce on a deal and that could make Crawford expendable.
Winslow was a first round pick for Miami and he is expected to push to be a contributing player this season in the rotation. Winslow has been solid in Summer League play, but according to the Sun-Sentinel, Winslow is dealing with an ankle injury and is questionable to play the next game for Miami. Ira Winderman on Twitter reports that the ankle sprain is "slight" and appears to be only a "minor" injury and not anything serious.