MIAMI — With the NBA trade deadline set for 3 p.m. today, the clock is ticking.
The Heat have made a deal at the deadline in each of the past four seasons, but no deal has been made yet this year. However, The Vertical is reporting that Miami is shopping a package that includes guard Wayne Ellington and forward Josh McRoberts in an attempt to unload contracts.
But just because the Heat are offering Ellington and McRoberts doesn’t mean other teams are going to take it.
McRoberts, who has been out since late December with a stress fracture in his left foot, is on a contract that will scare most teams away. The 29-year-old is due $5.8 million this season and his contract includes a player option worth $6 million — that he’s expected to exercise — for the 2017-18 season.
Unloading McRoberts’ contract would help free up cap space for the Heat this upcoming summer.
Ellington’s contract is not as likely to scare teams away. He’s due $6 million this season, and the Heat hold a $6.3 million team option on Ellington for the 2017-18 season.
Aside from taking McRoberts’ contract off the books, the Ellington/McRoberts package would also help make room for Josh Richardson in the rotation. Ellington is expected to see less playing time with Richardson expected to return this week from a sprained left foot.
Miami begins its post All-Star break schedule Friday in Atlanta against the Hawks.