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Miami is closer to filling out its roster than you think — and you know these guys

Jul 12, 2010, 11:24 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Heat_logo.gifMike Miller has now agreed to terms with the Miami Heat, according to our man Ira Winderman down in Miami.

That brings the Heat roster up to six signed — Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and now Miller. That’s the top six of a contender.

But how do they fill out the rest of the roster? It’s not that hard.

They have extended a qualifying offer to center Joel Anthony and they will bring him back, because they need centers. Look for Jamaal Magloire and maybe Zydrunas Ilgauskas to join him. Not the best lineup of centers, but they don’t need the best lineup of centers, they just need some big bodies to guard the paint a little.

Other guys you could see with the Heat: Carlos Arroyo, and forward James Jones. Juwan Howard wants to come and there is no reason not to give him a chance. Dexter Pittman is here in Vegas and while he may bounce between the D-League and the NBA, he could be on the roster. They should keep Da’Sean Butler of Wake Forest on the roster — healthy he might have gone in the first round, this is a guy you can be patient with.

There you go. That’s 14. There may be another point like Earl Watson or Jason Williams thrown in. But that’s your roster filled out, all pretty easily.  

116 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Jake - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Would like to see an Eddie House, he’s got 3pt shooting, playoff experience, and swagger.
    Matt Barnes would be nice, sorta of the samething.
    I wouldn’t be if Raja Bell joins up.

  2. Just A Guy - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Well, I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say we’re all in big, big trouble.

  3. Ethan - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    butler went to west virginia

  4. Aminu - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Butler did not go to Wake.

  5. Jake - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    That;s Kurt Helin… he seems to always get facts wrong.

  6. Laker Bill - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Not even worried. Teams with great front lines (Lakers and Celtics) will dominate the boards against this team. Miami will be another jump shooting team with no quality big men. We all know how far that will get you in the playoffs. I still do not see any kind of defensive threat like the Lakers or Boston can cause… we will see…

  7. JeremyM - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    I’m a die hard Lakers fan but I can’t wait to watch the Celtics beat this Miami “dream” team in the playoffs.

  8. GreekFreek - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Heat 3 better average 48 min per game 30 points each because non of those scrubs you mentioned score or play defense.

  9. Randall - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Yep, Miami’s in a world of hurt when it come to their bench. Riley better pray for no injuries to the Threego.

  10. Roley - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Lmao! U cannot sit there and tell me u believe that b***s**t u just said. Boston? Theyre like 50 years old apiece and slow. Lakers? The lakers finnally have a team that can take them on with that money ball they like to play. U think miami BOUGHT there championship? Go look at the lakers! Think about it somebody had to win the championship iys not like theres alot of competition out there in the league. But finnaly another team that has some good pieces together. Whats embarrasing is that the lakers just barely won it against the celtics. U watch what the heat will do to ur lakers ill let my team do the talking for me.

  11. EHouse Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!!! He’d be soooooo awesome as a Heat player again, come on Riles… free Eddie House from his Free Agency! LMAO

  12. loungefly - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Kobe with his 5 rings says “Bring it!” Until someone beats them, the Lakers are the world champs.

  13. MagicFan1 - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Ever since the signing the Heat fans have been flapping their gums like they already won something. I doubt they will even get past Orlando let alone Boston and LA next year. They have no presence in the paint.
    But let the Heat fans chirp away. It will be that much sweeter watching them melt down next year in the playoffs.

  14. Joey Manila Phils. - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Shaq for center and AI for guard…That’s an East All Star Team you got there in Miami. Shaq and AI are affordable..

  15. Joey Manila Phils. - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Shaq for center and AI for guard…That’s an East All Star Team you got there in Miami. Shaq and AI are affordable..

  16. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Roley,
    I think you need to take a deep breath. While I do believe the Heat have the potential to win 3 or 4 championships during the next five or six years, currently the Heat are lacking in size.
    I realize Heat fans are very excited, and they should be. However, I think they a lot of people are getting carried away.
    The Heat have the potential to be killed on the boards next season. Joel Anthony? He’s only 6’9. Jamaal Magloire is 6’11, but he hasn’t played much in recent years. He might be a decent role player. But the Heat still need 7-footers with size to be able to battle under the boards.
    Only time will tell. Currently the Heat are lacking in size.

  17. JD - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    6’9 Bosh and 6’7 Haslem expects to handle the 6’10 Perkins and 7 feet Garnett or better yet, 6’10 Lewis and 7 feet Howard? If you manage to get past those, 6’10 Odom, 7 feet Gasol and 7 feet Bynum, with Artest to slow down Queen James and Kobe outplaying Wade?
    Let’s get real folks. Miami is STILL two big man away from seriously competing for a championship.

  18. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    JD,
    My thoughts exactly. Look, I understand that Heat fans are excited. I would be too, if I were them. I think they have the potential to 3 or 4 championships over the next 5 or 6 years. However, nobody seems to be talking about the elephant in the room. As it currently stands, the Heat lack size. The players the Heat are rumored to be signing will not be the difference in preventing them from being killed on the boards.
    In order for the Heat to contend for a title next season they must add size to the roster. If they don’t, they might not make it out of the Eastern Conference.

  19. ItalianArmyGuy - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    I don’t see why the Heat wouldn’t contact Shaq. He should be affordable, he played well the last year-and-a-half for the Suns and Cavs, and can be a good backup center or a limited-minutes starter for a year or two. He clearly wants another shot at a ring. I remember his parting from Miami was probably not on good terms, but that was back when they needed him to produce. This team would just need his big body in the paint, grabbing some rebounds and throwing up some garbage points.

  20. Ben - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Actually, I think the real truth of the matter is, we don’t know how this team will gel yet. Put Haslem and Miller in the top 5 and it looks like one heck of a team, height or not. But those of you saying championships are certain and those saying they are several pieces away from a championship are both just stating opinion, not fact. Lets give it a year and then we will be in a much better position to know. Boston and LA are formidable for anyone. Look for Chicago, Orlando and OKC to only get better too…

  21. shrek the Laker fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    U r a f****king die heat fan r u. The Heat haven’t done anything yet fool. Wait til the season start and then we will see. I believe the 3 queens haven’t played yet with each other since the Olympics. Ooh Ooh I see a crystal ball in the future of the 3 queen oops so call kings. They r going to get swept by the laker 4 – 0 for 2011. Talk sh!t bia*ch. LOL

  22. Tony - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Bosh is 6’10 and averaged 24=10 last year. Haslem is one of the best defence players in the league. Wade and LeBron are two of the best defenders and scorers in the league Miller is a great defender. They are all in there prime! They will run Boston into the ground and L A just squeaked by Boston in the playoff’s. They only have 6 players signed right now and could beat most teams. Wait till they fill out the rest of the team. Everybody wants to sign with them. They have Pittman who is 6-11 and 300 lbs Watch out,they are going to be good.

  23. JD - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Don’t get me wrong. I think with some seasoning the Heat can be VERY formidable. With the Celtics aging the only team that stands in their way will be the Magic and MAYBE the Bulls or Knicks (IF Melo and Parker is really gonna join Amar’e).

  24. JB - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Sounds very familiar, all the expectations and predictions of Heat will do this, will do that (like Cavs fans did last year). Let this team win something first. Wade is a winner, but the other two have not won anything. Great players != Winners. If the Heat wins, then these guys can do something really special. But till they win a championship, take it easy Heat fans (don’t jinx your team’s chances).

  25. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Tony,
    The Heat are going to be very good. However, if they plan on going with the 6’9 Joel Anthony at center, they are going to have trouble on the boards. Simple as that.
    I’m not saying they won’t be a great team. In fact, if they don’t win 3 or 4 championships, it would most likely be considered a great failure.
    Haslem was a great pickup for them. He and Miller should add quality to their bench (I’m assuming Miller will be the 6th man).
    We still have a ways to go until the start of the NBA season, and even after that, there is still the trading deadline.
    I just think Heat fans need to be a bit more realistic. A lot of them are already planning for multiple championships without taking into consideration of any potential weaknesses on the current roster.
    The bottom line is that size (i.e. rebounding and interior defense) could be a problem for the Heat.

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