One trade rumor down, how many more to go?
The Heat were reportedly one of the teams interested in trading for forward Serge Ibaka. But that rumor became obsolete Tuesday when the Magic decided to trade Ibaka to the Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round draft pick.
But with the Feb. 23 trade deadline approaching, rumors are going to keep coming at the Heat and the rest of the NBA. While Heat coach Erik Spoelstra insists that he doesn’t spend too much time addressing the trade deadline, he does take time to address it quickly with his players.
“We only bring it up just from the standpoint of ‘buckle up,’ Spoelstra said earlier this week. “Try to stay away from all the news outlets and social media and everything because you’ll just get caught in crazy rabbit holes and you don’t need to exhaust yourself from all of that. All they are is distractions. None of us can control it.”
At 24-32 entering Wednesday’s game against the Rockets, the Heat are just two games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But Miami is not expected to make any trade this month at the expense of the long-term plan.
“We have something pretty good going on right now and that’s the focus right now — see if we can continue to play rock solid basketball,” Spoelstra said. “The veteran guys understand that. We try to be transparent and at least just mention [the trade deadline] once just to try and stay away from it. But we don’t belabor it.”