Houston Rockets: John Wall to Miami Heat Trade #1
The most coveted trade asset the Heat have is Tyler Herro. He rose to national attention for his scoring outbursts in the bubble last season and looked like a future All-Star.
Herro is no doubt talented but his reputation far outstrips his production and in many ways, he has taken a step back from his rookie season. Last year, Herro led the Heat’s bench unit and as a result, he posted his impressive scoring totals against backups.
For a rookie drafted at the end of the lottery that’s fantastic but it doesn’t mean he’s a future All-Star. Herro has a lot of potential but, as this season has shown, he’s a long way from realizing it.
The Heat are built around Jimmy Butler and their window of contention is right now. If they think that John Wall makes them better this year and next then they should seriously consider moving Herro.
The players that get most overrated by the general public, media, and fan bases are score-first players that can hit a variety of difficult shots. While those plays make for awesome entertainment they aren’t what makes for a great player. Great players are able to make things easier for themselves and their teammates, which is something that Herro currently lacks.
Going to Houston, where Herro can lead an offense and the organization can live with the growing pains, is the best place for him to try and reach his potential. The Rockets would love to land a player with this much potential and even if he never becomes an All-Star he’s under contract for two more seasons for a total of $9.7 million.
Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk are included for salary purposes but as noted earlier Dragic has a player option for next season so the Rockets could decide to keep him around. Olynyk is on an expiring deal but losing his $12.2 million salary is something the Rockets would surely relish.
The Miami Heat’s first choice likely isn’t John Wall but if they feel the need to bolster this current roster for one more charge at the Finals then he fits the bill. The Rockets won’t be expecting draft picks and if Miami is willing to part with the necessary salary there is a deal that both sides would relish.