The Miami Heat are expected to continue their manpower overhaul as they start fresh and surround new franchise star Jimmy Butler with the needed help. At the rate things are going, it seems that team president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra are trying to replace players who were initially given high salaries and take in new and younger players who can help the South Beach team get back on the winning track.

As mentioned in a previous article, four names were expected to be moved before the 2019-20 NBA season gets underway. These were Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and James Johnson. So far, only Whiteside has been dealt off and is now with the Portland Trail Blazers. Dragic would have followed but an alleged deal with the Dallas Mavericks failed to materialize, the New York Times reported. Regardless, this doesn't mean that the Heat are keeping the Slovenian in the roster for long.

One rumor tied up to Dragic is a move to Los Angeles. Seeing how the Lakers need to fill up eight roster spots, adding the 33-year-old guard makes plenty of sense. However, the fact that he is due $19.3 million for the coming season may be a point worth considering with the purple and gold expected to spend their $32 million team salary space on a third superstar to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Dragic could fit into that but may probably be the last option in the event LA fails to land their target, which right now is Kawhi Leonard.

One new name that has been inserted into the mix is Kelly Olynyk. He owns a two-year deal with the Heat worth about $23.8 million before he becomes a free agent in 2021. Along with Waiters and Johnson, there is no doubt that the 28-year-old center-forward could be of use to other teams who need to beef up their frontline next NBA season.

The Heat could consider the idea of engaging the Washington Wizards in a massive deal that would include Bradley Beal and John Wall. The meat of this deal would obviously be Beal, someone who has been linked to several NBA teams. As for Wall, the fact that he is unlikely to see action next season and that he owns a massive four-year $171-million salary raises some questions. This is just one team scenario for the Heat of course - assuming they want to rid themselves of these four players pronto.

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With Chris Bosh now out, the Heat and guard Goran Dragic, left, eye a 2-0 series lead over Toronto in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night. Reuters