What to know about tonight’s game: Will Heat have Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside vs. Kings?

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic battles for the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph during the first half Thursday, (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


When: Wednesday, 10 p.m.

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif.

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 36-32, Sacramento 21-47

Line: Heat favored by 6.5 points



F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic


F: Justin Jackson

F: Zach Randolph

C: Kosta Koufos

G: Bogdan Bogdanovic

G: De’Aaron Fox

Scouting report: Miami will be without Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery). Dwyane Wade (mild left hamstring strain) and Hassan Whiteside (left hip pain) have also been ruled out for the Heat, but that could change depending on how Wade and Whiteside react to treatment and shootaround in the morning. … Sacramento will be without Harry Giles (bi-lateral knee rehabilitation) and Iman Shumpert (post-surgical left knee rehabilitation & left plantar fasciitis). … The Kings are 3-7 over their past 10 games. … Sacramento has recorded the league’s worst offensive rating and second-worst defensive rating this season. … Zach Randolph is scoring a team-high 14.8 points per game for the Kings this season, to go with 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. … Heat forward Justise Winslow is averaging 12.2 points on 53.1 percent shooting from the field and 54.2 percent shooting from 3-point range, to go with 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists over his past nine games. … Miami is 21-6 this season when holding opponents to under 100 points. … Dwyane Wade is currently six points short from the 22,000th point of his career. … The Heat’s bench has averaged 53.0 points, 23.7 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 5.2 steals and 2.5 blocks while posting a +32.8 plus/minus per game over the last six contests. … The Heat and Kings have faced off once this season, with Sacramento winning that game — the Kings beat the Heat 89-88 on Jan. 25.

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UPDATED: Tonight’s matchup: Heat expect Goran Dragic to play against struggling Kings; Tyler Johnson out

Heat guard Goran Dragic drives to the basket  during Miami’s victory in Sacramento last season. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 27-20, Sacramento 14-33

Line: Miami favored by 10.5 points.



F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Derrick Jones, Jr.

G: Goran Dragic


F: Bogdan Bogdanovic

F: Skal Labissiere

C: Willie Cauley-Stein

G: Vince Carter

G: De’Aaron Fox

Scouting report: The Heat expect to get back Goran Dragic (left knee bruise), who will warm up with the intention of playing. Tyler Johnson (left ankle sprain) was listed as probable but was ruled out after shootaround. Dragic has missed the last two games, Johnson the last four. … Miami also is without Dion Waiters (left ankle), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery). … The Heat and Kings play for the first time this season. Miami has won six straight in the series and 16-of-17. … The Heat are 16-7 in their last 23 games but are just 3-5 at home against Western Conference teams. … Hassan Whiteside is averaging 20.3 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent in his last four games. … The Kings are tied for the worst record in the NBA along with Atlanta and Orlando. Sacramento is last in the league in scoring, averaging 98.0 points per game and 19th in scoring defense, allowing 106.8 points. … On Tuesday, the Kings defeated Orlando, 105-99, snapping an eight-game losing streak. They have lost 13-of-16. … In 49 career games against the Heat, Vince Carter is averaging 19.4 points. He is in his 20th season and turns 41 on Friday. He has started just four games this season and is averaging 4.6 points. … Leading scorer Zach Randolph (14.5) missed the last game because of left knee soreness. … Rookie De’Aaron Fox, the No. 5 pick last June, is averaging 13.6 points, 6.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds in his last 10 games.

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Could the Heat be in position to add veteran Rudy Gay?

Rudy Gay #8 of the Sacramento Kings during the first half at American Airlines Center on March 3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Rudy Gay #8 of the Sacramento Kings during the first half at American Airlines Center on March 3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Heat are in the process of overhauling their roster, looking for young and athletic players, and it appears that a veteran NBA player wants in.

According to the Miami Herald, Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has expressed interest in joining the Miami Heat via trade. Gay and the Kings have had a turbulent relationship during his three years with the team, and there is plenty of speculation that the Kings have been looking to trade Gay.

The 29-year-old is a career 45 percent shooter, including a respectable 34 percent from beyond the arc, while averaging 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Last season, Gay averaged 17.2 points per contest and rebounded above his career average, grabbing 6.5 boards per game.

While Gay would certainly add a talented scorer and established veteran to the roster, swinging a trade for the forward will be tough for Miami. The Heat made several additions this offseason, and any player signed this month cannot be traded until December, leaving the Heat with only a few assets to work with.

Beyond that, Gay is set to make $13.3 million this season and also holds a $14.2 million player option for next year. That means that if the Heat were to trade for Gay, they would need to send a package of considerable salaries to Sacramento.

According to CBS Sports, possible trade packages that the Heat could craft include a one-for-one trade of Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside or Goran Dragic, and the Heat likely aren’t inclined to trade any of those three. The Heat could also offer a package of Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem and Josh Richardson, but that is a price tag that seems too steep for the Heat to consider.

Miami’s best bet may be to allow Gay to play out his contract with the Kings and pursue the forward in free agency.

Read more at the Miami Herald and CBS Sports.