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Friday December 6th, 2013

Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Miami Heat have started trade talks with teams in order to get more backcourt help as guard Dwyane Wade manages his troublesome knee, report ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst.

Wade did not play in the team's 107-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday because of illness. It was the fifth game he has missed this season, and the Heat are 2-3 in those games.

According to the report, center-forward Joel Anthony, may be on the trading block as one of the players who might be available to be moved.

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The Heat have started three different players in Wade's spot when he has been out of the lineup this season. Wade has played in back-to-back games only once in 2013 and then proceeded to miss the next two games because of knee soreness. Over the past three seasons, the Heat are 27-8 when Wade doesn't play.  

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