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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. MagicFan1 - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Yeah but isn’t that all anyone does on a message board? Share opinions? You surely didn’t think it was anything more did you?
    I still say that Miami will need some size and a bench and I don’t think they will be ready their first year. Plus Reilly has been giving away all their draft picks for future years. Then if they lower the cap in the new collective bargaining Miami may find themselves hurting by having 3 almost max players.
    You need depth to win a title.

  2. lakerbob - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Miami will have a good team. I do think they need some bigs however. Rebound = Rings….as proven by the recent NBA finals. Every game was won by the team that dominated the boards.
    Chicago, Boston and Orlando are going to be tough for Miami to get past, even with the 3 allstars that they have. Shaq would be helpful, but only as a backup center.
    They will be fun to watch however, and will roll past lesser teams. If the lakers starting 5 + odom stay healthy, they will 3 peat.

  3. A-Rod 1623 - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    Cmon guys get real.. This team even with Juwan Howard and co to fill up space, will get absolutely rolled by the Lakers – and I dont even like LA..
    Think about it, LA matches up well against them.
    You got Bynum to handle Bosh, Kobe to take Wade out the game, then you can get fancy and put Artest and Odom on Queen James.. Over.Other than Wadr, this is still a team of prima donna B*$%#& anyway

  4. luffy - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    2011 East Finals – Chicago vs. Boston, Celts in 7 games
    2011 Finals – Lakers 3peat…
    2012 East Finals – Chicago vs. Miami/Orlando, Chicago in 7 games
    2012 Finals – Lakers 4peat…
    2013 NBA Finals – OKC-Miami, ? in 6 games…

  5. john - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    weew!! this will gonna be a great team!
    go miami!

  6. Luis - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:16 AM

    Dasean butler played at WV

  7. Jim - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    So Dexter Pittman will be taking his talents to South beach this fall?

  8. Dee - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    AI! Allen should be a good support for the big 3. he still got some years left in him!! Go Allen!!

  9. Ryan - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Your forgeting allen iverson

  10. random - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:46 AM

    Are you dumb. lebron wad bosh and haslem can all get rebounds. Are you a dummy?
    just watch the miami fast break all day on the lakers and celtics. Who is going to stop wade, bosh, AND james. You tell me

  11. Big Papa - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    Rondo, Garnett and Pierce. Haslem and Bosh are going to get embarrassed rebounding. What the hell kind of line up are they going to use, Chalmers, Wade, James, Miller, Bosh? They’re going to get embarrassed down low any way you look at it.

  12. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Random,
    It’s not “dumb” to say the Heat currently lack size. Yes, Lebron, Wade and Bosh can rebound. But a team with size can potentially dominate the boards against the Heat, at least as the Heat roster currently stands.
    This is not “dumb”. It’s a valid, and legitimate argument. Case in point, in this past year’s NBA Finals, the team that won the battle of the boards won every game.
    We still have a long ways to go before the start of the NBA season. What the Heat need to do next is to get some size on their roster to shore up their rebounding and interior defense. If they are unable to get some size, they could run into problems during the playoffs.

  13. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    All you silly people keep on talking about rebounds to win championships. Well have you fools forgotten that James, Wade, and Bosh rarely need people rebounding for them, since they rarely ever miss the hoop?

  14. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Anonymous,
    It would be pointess and a waste of time to continue to debate you back and forth on this subject. All of this is going to be proven one way or another during the course of next season. However, size does matter in the NBA. A team is going to have problems with rebounding and interior defense if they go with a “smaller” lineup (or, unskilled big men in starting positions) against a team with size, with talented big men.
    The cliche is that defense wins championships. Interior defense and rebounding are important components of championship teams.

  15. class5achamps - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:44 AM

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  16. hnirobert - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    I think people are over appreciating the Lakers and the Celt’s size. Kevin Garnett had nothing left in the tank during the last few games of the finals and Kendrick Perkins just had serious knee surgery. Gasol and Odom are good but Bynum? He’s practically on one leg.
    The Heat will be fine. They just need bodies to plug the lanes. This team will have one of the higher shooting percentages, as a team, in the history of the NBA. Let’s not discredit the fact that Dwyane and LeBron are two of the better defenders in the league.

  17. sportsjunky - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    This was the final note for me with the NBA; after watching it for over 30 years I am done. The whole thing is a scam.
    And I will make sure anywhere I am that the TV is not tuned to ANY NBA game!!!!!!!!!!

  18. jay - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    C’mon guys Like i Said b4 The Lakers Are The Champs And will be until somebody Takes it From them… but Now ppl Sayn The Celtics And Magic Are Better Is Crazy.. first Off both Wade,Bosh,And James are All Good Rebounders for their position, Second, 2 out of 3 of em are leaders in foul shots, so wat are other teams gonna do wen their bigs are in foul trouble? and all u celtics fans Perkins is Out Till like January maybe later.. soo U feel Comfortable with j O’neal as ya starting frontline? as much as i luv garnett that means you have to guys on ya frontline with bad knees and cant jump , and how will teams rest there starters? because wat happens wen in second and end of the third quarters wen every team is giving their starting players a rest and 1 of Wade,Bosh, or James are playin wit the Bench? Everybody says the HEAT will have to play all these minutes but actually this is gonna make other teams starters have to play alot more minutes than they wud want to.. onli team that has the talent/depth to Beat them is the Lakers… If they dont.. Then The Heat are even scarier than ppl thought they wud be

  19. john j pileggi - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    How long before Riley steps in to coach?

  20. Reese - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    The Heat will not come out of the East this year. Give them a couples years to jell. It don’t matter who comes out of the East. The Lakers will rule for the next couples years. The Lakers got two draft picks who are the real deal, who would have been lottery picks next year. The Lakers bench is better-blake is a great pick-up we will add either bell or barnes-the lakers have gotten younger and quicker. Question for you heats fans-game on the line-Lebron and Wade are terrible at the free-threw line-these boys better stay out of South beach clubs and hit the gym-cause you better believe Kobe and the boys will be ready-expect Kobe to have the best season of his career and Artest to have a ton of confidence and game shape ready to defense their title. Bynum, Gasol, Artest, Kobe, Fisher, the heat can’t touch that line-up. You guys forget defensive wins championships. Lebron can’t guard Bynum or Gasol and Halem at 6’7 can’t guard any of the Lakers big men, neither can Howard, Or any old veterans of the league.

  21. mike - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    jordan and pippen (the last multi-title team)had horace grant at pf. bosh beats him. they had wennington at c. they can find a wennington trust me. amd they had kerr at 3pt shooting white guy. better 3 pt%, but less defense than miller.
    and rebounding is important, but offensive rebounding should be much less of a priority the way they’re gonna score. also, wade and lebron rebound very very well for their positions.
    and you cant have it both ways. either lebron had no chance with that wnba team they had him on in cleveland, or they’re the best team with wade and bosh. if you can really say he should have brought a championship to cleve, than theres no way he shouldnt with these guys. pick one or the other but you cant argue both sides of the same argument. if you can say he wont win with wade and bosh cuz of a lack of rebounding, then you cant say he should’ve won it with 40 yr old shaq and past his prime jamison

  22. Drew - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    The Celtics Big 3 in ’08 didn’t need time to gel and everyone thought that team was three great players and no supporting cast. Nobody even knew who Kendrick Perkins was and Rajon Rondo was considered an average point guard at best. They went on to win 66 games and a championship.
    This Heat roster will fill out. They will add a few big bodies for cheap who need to do nothing but rebound and defend. Bosh and Haslem are tenacious on the glass too. I think people are also underestimating how good rebounding guards Lebron and Wade are as well. They’ll be fine on the glass.

  23. joe - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    I would think that Pat Riley knows his team needs some size in the middle. You Celtics and Lakers fans are already in denial. The only thing that’ll keep the Heat from the championship is injuries to their core players.

  24. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Mike,
    I’m not saying the Heat won’t win. In fact, you will discover if you reread my comments, if they don’t win 3 or 4 championships, it would most likely be considered a great failure.
    fyi, Bill Wennington was not a starter for the Chicago Bulls. Bill Cartwright started at center for the Bulls during their first 3-peat, with Horace Grant (as you mentioned) at PF. Luc Longley was the starting center on the second 3-peat, with Dennis Rodman at PF. The Bulls also brought decent players with size off the bench such as Brian Williams (aka Bison Dele).
    What I am saying is that the Heat roster as it currently stands lacks size. Perhaps the Heat will correct this problem. If they don’t, then interior defense and rebounding will be a potential problem for them come playoff time next season.
    Yes, the Heat will score a lot of points. However, interior defense and rebounding are crucial for playoff victories.

  25. Joel - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Height isn’t everything. Bosh is considered a top 5 number 4 in a league stacked with them.

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