Heat guard Waiters could be a Warriors trade target

The Heat are expected to explore some trades that involve shooting guard Dion Waiters this summer.

With All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson likely to miss a big chunk, if not all, of next season, the Golden State Warriors will spend the summer on the lookout for help.

And one of their targets may be Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters, according to Kevin Pelton of ESPN.

The Warriors have made five straight appearances in the Finals, winning three titles in that stretch. But things won’t be nearly as sunny heading into next season.

Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and Thompson a torn ACL. If either returns, it will likely be Thompson, and even that would probably be in February or March, given the normal healing range for ACL injuries. And who knows if Durant will ever be the same?

Durant, Thompson and center DeMarcus Cousins could all be lost in free agency, too. (Though Thompson’s father, Mychal Thompson, says Klay will re-sign.)

Along with that, if all three players re-sign, the Warriors will still be without Durant and Thompson — and have no salary left under the cap to sign free agents.

That’s where players such as Waiters may come in. Waiters has two years and around $27 million remaining on his contract. The Heat are supposedly very open to trading him. Some may even say the Heat are hopeful of trading him. Word is, they will explore Waiters deals all summer.

Can a player such as Waiters replace the loss of Durant or Thompson? Certainly not. But Waiters could be a good fit if the Warriors lose one or the other in free agency. Somehow, someway, the Warriors will need to find capable players to put next to Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

Waiters can still fill it up, and while he wouldn’t be the only player the Warriors would want, he could very well be on their radar.