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Heat in talks for $125 million star Big Man

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That intense heat continue to look for the latest additions to their team this offseason. Last year, the team finished first in the Eastern Conference and had a hard-fought playoff run that ended in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. After their playoff run, one thing was clear: the Heat needed to add another superstar in Jimmy Butler. Even rival center Joel Embiid shared that sentiment TwitterShe said, “Miami needs another star.”

Miami’s search for another star has linked them to the Brooklyn Nets for both of them Kevin Durant and even Kyrie Irving on occasion. They were also in talks with the Utah Jazz for Donovan Mitchell, who is known to be coming to Miami. However, there is little traction left on these trade talks and that could lead the Heat to consider contingency plans. One plan involved the live-shooting big man from the Dallas Mavericks, David Bertans, in a trade with Duncan Robinson. However, a recent update from ESPN’s Zach Lowe shares another star the team could be chasing.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe spoke about Miami being in trade talks in the latest episode of “The Lowe Post“Podcast, and some of that might include following John Collins, who has been reported to be on the trading block for the Atlanta Hawks.

“There’s been some talk about Miami, John Collins,” Lowe said. “It’s old. It could be months old. I don’t think it was ever really serious. You might reconsider.”

Collins played 54 games for the Hawks last year. He averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from off the arc.

If they are unable to strike a deal for Durant or Mitchell, Collins brings another scoring option to a Heat team that needs someone to take some pressure off Butler. Collins could be fielded with Adebayo for a highly versatile and athletic frontcourt. Who The Heat would include in potential Collins trades has not been specified, but it would make sense to include Duncan Robinson or Max Strus in the deal.

Robinson could be a good option to replace Danilo Gallinari at Atlanta and Collins would be an excellent young option to make up for the loss of PJ Tucker.

As time goes on, it looks less and less like the Heat can put together a bid strong enough to bring Durant to South Beach. It’s been reported that the networks are less than thrilled with Miami’s current offering.

Corresponding Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of Miami Heraldthe Nets “have shown little interest in the Heat’s offer for the high-scoring superstar, and Miami is moving forward with its current roster for next season.”

Moving away from Durant, could they now look to add another young star in Collins to slip into their forecourt?

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