If the Miami Heat decide to make a play for Kyrie Irving, what would it take to pull off a deal?

Happier days in the Kyrie Irving, LeBron James relationship, shown here during a game in Miami last March. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Maybe Kyrie Irving was meant to play in Miami.

After all, no state supports his “flat earth” theory more than Florida.

ESPN’s report Friday that Irving wants off a team that has been to three consecutive Finals qualifies as a bombshell. The Cavs have been on the verge of imploding but Irving wasn’t expected to be the one to light the fuse.

So much for everybody wanting to play with LeBron James.

Irving, 25, wants to be The Man on his team. He wants his name at the top of the marquee and not be a player who is always seeing LeBron’s name in neon.

Or maybe Irving got tired of the looks, the eye rolls, the lectures from LeBron. Maybe he got tired of playing the Mario Chalmers role in Cleveland.

So what does that say about Kyrie? What does it say about someone who is not happy with winning because his brand is not the priority?

And is that someone the Heat would pursue?

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Pat Riley made is clear this month when he said the best way to chase down the Warriors is not through the lottery but by acquiring a star, whether it be through free agency or a trade. The Heat were not in position this summer to make a play for Jimmy Butler or Paul George because they didn’t have a wealth of tradeable assets or draft picks.

And that has not changed at the moment with James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Kelly Olynyk not eligible to be traded until Dec. 15 at the earliest.

But that won’t stop Riley from at least kicking the tires on one of the top five points guards in the league. … and it shouldn’t.

We know this, Irving is a ball-dominant point guard. His usage rate last year was 14th in the league, one spot ahead of LeBron’s. He has the handles. He can score (25.2 per game last season, 11th in the league). And we know he has what the Heat have called “irrational confidence” with the game on the line.

It is Irving, not LeBron, who made the biggest shot in Cavs history, the 3-pionter with just under a minute to play in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals that gave Cleveland its lone title.

The criticism of Irving is he is too talented and creative to be averaging just 5.5 assists in his career and 5.8 last season, which was tied for 17th among all points guards.

Irving averaged the sixth-most field goal attempts in the league, 19.7, which was 1½ more shots per game than James. He was eighth in field goal percentage among guards, 47.3 percent.

But the Heat have much more to consider. Namely: The Dion Waiters factor.

The Heat recently invested about $52 million for four years in Waiters. And one reason Waiters needed to rehabilitate his image last season in Miami was because of the rocky 2½ years he spent in Cleveland, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2012.

Waiters and Irving did not get along and that relationship was a big reason why the Cavs sent Waiters to Oklahoma City in a three-way deal that netted Cleveland J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks.

At the height of the drama, Waiters denied reports that he broke Irving’s nose in a fight. Waiters at one time accused Irving and Tristan Thompson of playing ‘buddy ball’ and he reportedly was upset about the special treatment Irving received from the Cavs.

Waiters recently was asked about that period in his career during an appearance on Fox Sport’s 1’s ‘Undisputed.’

“It wasn’t what people made it seem to be,” he said. “Yeah, sometimes you bump heads. Of course. It happens all the time. It’s natural. I know he wanted the best from me I wanted the best from him. At the end of the day just one another pushing each other.”

The Heat would have to overcome long odds to acquire Irving. And even if Miami is one of Irving’s four preferred landing spots, without a no-trade clause the Cavs could ship him anywhere.

Assuming Miami is not parting with Hassan Whiteside, too many other teams have more valuable assets.

The Sixers have a bunch of young players, the Suns have Eric Bledsoe. the Celtics have Isaiah Thomas, the Timberwolves have Andrew Wiggins, the Knicks have Carmelo Anthony and Frank Ntilikina (we all know why Carmelo is in play), the Pelicans have Boogie Cousins, the Hornets have Kemba Walker. And there are more.

Once Bam Adebayo is eligible to be traded on Aug. 1, Miami will have nine players it could deal, if we do not include Whiteside.

Is there a deal to be made with those nine? Would Cleveland settle for Goran Dragic and Justice Winslow plus another player of its choice. Miami’s lack of tradeable draft picks would not hurt as much when dealing with the Cavs because Cleveland still would be in a win-now mode.

Something else to keep in mind: The front office are not exactly BFFs. The chances of Dan Gilbert engaging in any conversation on a trade that would benefit the Heat are pretty slim.

But if it happened, in the end the Heat must determine if a core of Whiteside and Irving is closer to pushing them to the top. Add to that James Johnson and Waiters and whatever young players remain.

It’s something Riley must explore.

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