November 19, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is defended by Houston Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Trade Conjecture: Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade for Utah Jazz Al Jefferson

Nov 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Bucks 113-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

DISCLAIMER:   This is NOT a rumor, nor a report.  

Let’s face it:  the Heat are nearly unstoppable, but teams can always get better.  The glaring hole in Miami’s roster since the formation of the Big Three has been the 5-spot.  They use power forward Chris Bosh at center, who while effective still is not a center.  He’s too thin to body up against Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum…and even the likes of Al Jefferson, Nikola Pekovic and Marc Gasol can give the skinny (almost frail) Bosh a fit.

Utah is rebuilding, to be sure, but Al Jefferson is an expiring contract and is no lock to remain in a Jazz uniform, to say the very least.

Utah also has a shoot-first aging point guard in Mo Williams starting.

How much sense would it make to trade Jefferson for Dwyane Wade?

A lot.

Wade may be 30, but he’s still a big ticket draw and the Utah fans would likely rejoice in being able to obtain a player who still has three or four seasons of very good basketball left in him.

Would it propel Utah to contender status?  Maybe.

They would seek to retain Millsap (who would likely want to stay with Wade coming aboard), be able to slide Enes Kanter into the starting lineup, and be able to find more minutes for Derrick Favors, who is really starting to come on strong—finally.

Quite simply, the move would make both teams better, which is after all the purpose of executing trades to begin with.

Miami fans would likely lament the loss of Wade, who has been a fixture on the team since he was drafted in 2003, but they would get over it when they saw how much of a difference it made on the defensive end to have a (decent) shot blocker like Jefferson manning the paint.

LeBron would also enhance Jefferson’s skill set further with his array of impressive passes and ability to draw double and triple teams.

Miami GM Pat Riley may be gun shy on this one.  The Heat did just win a championship.  But as I said, teams can always get better…even teams that are already the best.

Why not seek to make a team that is nearly unbeatable completely unbeatable?  Why not obtain a legitimate center for an aging superstar?

I can’t think of a single reason not to.

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