Miami could trade to help fill Wade void

MINNEAPOLIS — The Miami Heat are reaching for solutions amid increasing uncertainty that has Dwyane Wade as a sometimes proposition in the lineup.

In Thursday night's 107-87 road loss to the Chicago Bulls, that meant giving Ray Allen his first start, regular season or playoffs, since he was acquired as a free agent in the 2012 offseason.

It didn't work, as the Heat lost for the second time in as many games without Wade.

So now it's back to the drawing board when it comes to those Plan B nights without Wade, who sat out Tuesday's home loss to the Detroit Pistons due to lingering knee issues and Thursday's loss with flu symptoms.

ESPN reported Friday that the Heat are seeking additional backcourt help, with most of Spoelstra's current fill-in options for Wade primarily spot-up shooters such as Allen and James Jones.

The Heat's most likely trade chips are forward Udonis Haslem and center Joel Anthony, who both have fallen out of the rotation but also carry the drawback of time on their contracts beyond this season.

Among those currently unsigned and available to slip into a vacant roster spot are Stephen Jackson, Shannon Brown, DeShawn Stevenson, Richard Hamilton, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Daniel Gibson and Keyon Dooling.

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