HEAT Best Off-Season Moves

Presented By Tony Fiorentino

A lot can happen over the course of the off-season, and no one knows that better than the Miami HEAT. The HEAT has regularly used the off-season to change the dynamic of the team, and this off-season, The Summer of 2010, will be no different. HEAT TV/Sun Sports Analyst Tony Fiorentino’s analyzes some of the top off-season moves in HEAT history.

(In Chronological Order)


NO. 1
HEAT ACQUIRES MOURNING
NOV. 3, 1995

ACQUIRED: From Charlotte along with Pete Myers, and LeRon Ellis for Glen Rice, Khalid Reeves, Matt Geiger and a first-round draft pick.

TONY’S TAKE: Zo epitomized the grit and tenacity of the HEAT in that era, especially on defense. A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Zo was the unquestioned leader both on and off the court.


NO. 2
HEAT ADDS BROWN, MAJERLE
JULY 18 & AUG. 22 1996

ACQUIRE: Free Agency

TONY’S TAKE: PJ Brown and Dan Majerle were the perfect compliment to Zo and Hardaway. Brown’s tenacious defense, coupled with Majerle’s dead-eye shooting helped the HEAT see instant results, guiding the team to a franchise record 61 wins and the franchise’s first-ever trip to the Conference Finals during the 1996-97 season.


NO. 3
HEAT LANDS JONES, MASON
AUG. 1, 2000

ACQUIRED: From Charlotte along with Ricky Davis and Dale Ellis for PJ Brown, Jamal Mashburn, Tim James, Otis Thorpe and Rodney Buford.

TONY’S TAKE: Eddie Jones was the consummate professional during his five-and-a-half-year stint with Miami, providing timely scoring and tough D. While Zo was out with a kidney ailment, Anthony Mason stepped up nicely for the HEAT, earning All-Star honors and becoming just the second HEAT Player to start an All-Star Game.


NO. 4
HEAT DRAFTS WADE
JUNE 26, 2003

ACQUIRED: Selected with the fifth pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.

TONY’S TAKE: Dwyane Wade is the best player in HEAT history, and one of the best players in the world. He is a future Hall of Famer, who was a significant player in the HEAT’s World Championship in 2006. Wade earned Finals MVP honors in one of the best performances in NBA history.


NO. 5
HEAT DRAFTS CARON BUTLER
JUNE 26, 2002

ACQUIRED: Selected with the 10th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft.

TONY’S TAKE: Caron Butler is the only HEAT rookie to be named rookie of the month, an award he won three times.


NO. 6
HEAT SIGNS ODOM
AUG. 27, 2003

ACQUIRED: Free Agency

TONY’S TAKE: One of the best free-agent pick-ups in HEAT history. Odom revitalized his career with the HEAT, helping a young HEAT team to a surprising 42-win season and a trip to the second round of playoffs.


NO. 7
HEAT ACQUIRES SHAQ
JULY 14, 2004

ACQUIRED: From the Lakers for Caron Butler, Brian Grant, and Lamar Odom and a future first-round draft pick.

TONY’S TAKE: The trade for Shaquille O’Neal in 2004 brought new life to the city and instantly turned Miami into championship contenders. Shaq was edged out for league MVP honors in 2005 and was a major player in the HEAT’s only World Championship in 2006.


NO. 8
HEAT ACQUIRES POSEY, WILLIAMS, AND WALKER
AUG. 2, 2005

ACQUIRED: HEAT acquired James Posey, Jason Williams and Andre Emmett from Memphis and Antoine Walker from Boston. The HEAT sent Eddie Jones to Memphis, Rasual Butler to New Orleans, and Qyntel Woods to Boston.

TONY’S TAKE: In the largest trade in NBA history, a five-team, 13-player deal, the HEAT got a host of talented veteran players that help guide the team to its first NBA title.