Miami Heat put two title winning stars on trade block

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The Miami Heat, despite meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, haven't been big players in the free agency market this summer.

Instead the South Florida franchise have focussed on securing the talent they already have on their roster, and, with new deals for both Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, they did just that.

Making room

The Heat, though, are planning on being very active in 2016's star-studded free agency and so, with Wade and Dragic's big contracts in place, the team are now reportedly seeking to trade away two title winning stars to clear some salary space. They're available for a bargain price, too.


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ESPN's Zach Lowe is reporting that both Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen are being shopped by Miami at present and, per league sources, "are available for nothing."

With a motivation to increase cap space 12 months early the franchise is also putting out "feelers" about the possibility of trading away 2014 draft pick Shabazz Napier.

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Hard sell?

Chalmers and Andersen have been key cogs in a Miami Heat machine that brought the franchise two titles in recent years but, with both players on the down slope of their careers, the Heat clearly feel now is the time to part ways.

The duo's recent down turn in form, though, may mean Miami find it difficult to find trade partners. Andersen will be 37 by the time the 2015-16 NBA season tips off, whilst Mario Chalmers hasn't looked the same player since the 2013 NBA Finals.


One thing working in the team's favor is the fact that both veterans are on expiring contracts - Anderson $5 million and Chalmers $4.7 million - and so any team taking them on this offseason wouldn't be tied down for multiple years.

Adding Shabazz Napier to any deal would also provide some long-term value to any trade. The guard failed to hit his peak during his rookie season but will be hoping to bounce back from injury in year two, wherever he is playing basketball.

In Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng and Chris Bosh the Miami Heat already have the makings of a very solid starting lineup. If they can move some of the role players on this summer then they will be well on their way to putting their financial house in order by the time the likes of Kevin Durant hit the market in 2016.

Heat fans: How do you rate your team's offseason moves so far? Let us know in the comments below...

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