Heat Trade News: Hornets trade Terry Rozier to Miami for NBA Champion

Published 01/23/2024, 10:34 AM EST

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With the 2024 deadline inching closer every day, the window of roster opportunities for teams is closing. The two highlights so far have been the OG Anunoby trade to the Knicks for RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley and, of course, Pascal Siakam’s transfer move to the Indiana Pacers. Well, amid these blockbuster trades, another one has just unfolded according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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In a new Instagram post Woj states, “The Charlotte Hornets are trading Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat for a 2027 first-round pick and Kyle Lowry, sources tell ESPN.” The six-time NBA All-Star provides a much-needed veteran core to the young Hornets team.

 

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Now, coming to the meat of the story Terry Rozier. The Miami Heat have gotten themselves a steal with Rozier. As a shooting guard, he was averaging a solid 23.2 points, 6.6 assists 1.1 steals and 3.9 rebounds a game. In the aftermath of the trade, even Shannon Sharpe on ESPN’s ‘First Take‘ called the 29-year-old a “Kyle Lowry”, and pointed out that he would fit right into the culture of the Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo-led Heat. Others in that panel, including Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins, and Malika Andrews, all agreed that come playoff time Rozier is going to be a key piece to Miami.

The trade has several positives for both Rozier and the Heat. While Rozier was struggling with Charlotte Hornets due to the team still being in ‘formation mode’ for the last couple of seasons, his talent was being underutilized. This will not be a problem at all in his new team. On the other hand, Stephen A. shared his “condolences” to Lowry for being sent to the Hornets. However, this can be a positive sign to have a player of the caliber of Lowry around Ball. With the inclusion of Rozier, the Heat has become a solid playoff favorite.

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Can the Miami Heat go all the way this time?

Last year, a seventh-seeded Miami Heat took on the one-seed Milwaukee Bucks and blew them out of the water. They breezed past a strong western conference, laying waste to the mighty Boston Celtics who just defeated Harden and freshly crowned MVP Joel Embiid. However, they fell short of the elusive title. With this inclusion, all that might easily change.

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With scoring already available for the Heat at will, with players like Tyler Herro and now a new addition from Charlotte. Butler and Adebayo can lock defense pretty effectively. With the pieces set in place, do you think they can win the ring this time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Akashdeep Banerjee

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Akashdeep Banerjee is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. After Graduating in Journalism and Mass Communication he forayed into visual Media. A fan of the NBA for the better part of a decade.
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