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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. RareAir - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    I will be very interested to see how the big three mesh together on the court, for instance, who defers to whom, at crunch time?
    The Heat will have serious matchup problems with big teams like the Lakers, no doubt, they just don’t have the size of the the Lakers top 4 forwards (Gasol, Bynum, Artest and Odom) regardless of whether Bynum is 100% healthy or not. However I think people are forgettng that the Heat will also present serious matchup problems for most, if not all teams. Who do you double on the perimeter, James or Wade? If you double either one, they’re good enough teams players that they’re just going to pass out of the double team, giving other players open shots (I bet Bosh shoots a high percentage this year). Either one is also good enough to take a very high percentage of man to man defenders off the dribble, and either get their own shot or pass to an open man. Who do the Lakers have other than Kobe and Artest who can defend either player? And the Lakers are about the only team that has 2 defenders like that. So, I think barring something unforeseen, the Heat are going to the Finals, where they’ll lose to the Lakers in 7 :-)

  2. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Bosh is 6″11 230

  3. jaxjazzy - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Whether y’all know what you are talking about or not…I wish you would learn how to spell and use proper grammar. These comments are pitiful to read!

  4. ocgunslinger - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Laker Bill has a point. And you should let your “Team” do the talking for you….even if they won’t be talking in the finals.

  5. jimbob - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Closer than I/we think? How do you know what I think?

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

    Has anyone watched the summer league games?
    I’ve been impressed with Shavlik Randolf, he’s matured, put on some weight and can score. And, he’s 6-11. Could be a good back-up with scoring potential. The Heat also drafted Jarvis Varnado. Not much offense, but he can rebound and block shots. Could be okay for spot use and he’s 6-10.
    I would take Ilgauskus over Shaq because of age. Ilgauskus does have some offense and will rebound and take up space.
    If the Heat get a Raja Bell, then I believe the missing pieces will be in place. And, if Howard will take a minimum offer, that gives the Heat a good back-up power forward.
    Should be interesting next year and I don’t even like to watch NBA games, but I might this coming year.

  7. Ugot2beKidding - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Wade is the only true leader in Miami now…what has Lebron done; choke in the NBA Finals and playoffs.
    Bosh…has he even made the playoffs?
    What they need is Lebron and Bosh to follow D-Wade’s lead; he can
    take them to the promise land.
    I’m not a Heat Fan; just a Basketball Fan. Miami needs a strong coach; if they have that they will succeed. If they don’t, Pat Riley is going to coach and will it help? He’s too old-school for these guys now. It worked once w/ Wade and Shaq, but will it work again. Your guess is as good as mine. Good Luck Miami, you’re going to need it.

  8. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    People are you forgetting the fact that the Heat will now have three very good defenders in Bosh, James and Wade. They are all very good rebounders and leapers.
    If you box out properly, no height can jump over your head to rebound. Besides the ball bounces everywhere, I don’t see a problem with the Heat’s rebounding. Plus speed also has a lot to do with rebounding. Getting to the ball when on the rim and then converting into a fast break.
    If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Lebron, Bosh and Wade the leading rebounders on their respective teams? I’m not sure of Wade, but I’ve seen him pull down a lot of rebounds when he plays.
    Don’t feel sorry for these guys due to height, they will be fine. They just need some fill in pieces to their team. I am surprised they got rid of Beasley, he’s still young and could develop over the next few years with schooling from Bosh and James.

  9. Odogg - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Please!! Some of you fans are freakin delusional! Lebron and the Lebronnettes won 60+ games this year. Now you switch out Mo freakin Williams and Anderson Varejou with Dwayne Wade AND Chris Bosh?! Are you kidding me?! This team will easily, EASILY take the #1 seed in the East. The Celtics? With all their players running on fumes BEFORE the next 82 game season starts? They are done. If you don’t think so, rewatch game 7 fourth quarter. That was their last salvo, and they blew it. The Magic? Wade and Lebron slasing to the rim the 1st 5 min of the 1st quarter will have him fouled out. Then What? Without home cookin, the Lakers will suffer the same fate in the Finals. Bynum will have 6 fouls in under 10 minutes of playing time. Odom/Gasol will get raped by James/Wade/Bosh in the paint. Lebron James is 6 freakin 8 250 lbs people!! Thicker than Gasol and Odom combined!! Who’s stoppin him going to the rim? LMAO!! Stop hating. I’m a Knicks fan so no homerism here. But I cant deny that this team is going to B*tchslap ANYBODY as teams stand currently constructed today.

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

    Eddie House is freakin slow and his defence sucks!!! He can’t even play a full quarter cause he starts walking down the court after a few mins… yes he has good 3 pointer and free throws… but that’s it… he’s not even good with assists…
    “Great Point Guard” Hell no…..

  11. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    lakers look out

  12. loungefly - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    wow…all credibility thrown out the window with that statement.

  13. terry - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    While he was in Cleveland James’ posse got the good parking places in the team parking lot – over immediate families of other players, they got to travel with the team, they got jobs with the team, and apparently Riley said that would be ok in Miami – Bosh and especially Wade will love that.
    I have to give Riley credit for accomplishing what he accomplished, and I hope it blows up in his face.
    Bread and circuses

  14. Frank - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller. Chump, chump, and half chump. And those are the best guys who will be filling out your supporting cast. My God if the Cavaliers around LeBron James were considered to suck, then these guys may as well be shooting into the opponent’s basket. If the exceptions stay around maybe in four years this team will have what it takes to win a final, if they are tossed in the lockout negotiations forget it. Although four years of not winning a title is going to be more strain than LeBron can handle. Watch for this whole wonderful mess to implode.

  15. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    LOL. You want to stop watching basketball because a player exercised his right to take less money and sign with another team? You know this has happened several times before over the past 30 years.
    Personally i think that the ridiculous number of “touch” shooting fouls, successful flops, and inconsistency of referees, not to mention the ridiculousness of “home court advantage” calls, would be the thing to make you stop watching the NBA. Are you by chance a Cleveland fan?

  16. Json - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    News flash… IT’s over for the Lakers!!! Someone else will take it next year. The lakers barely bet Celtics!

  17. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    well i can relate to this but the nba is all about match ups now and although they may appear to be small they do have a player on their roster that’s capable of playing 4 positions and that being lebron james; so ask yourself, how would the other team counter if they put bosh at 5, bron at 4, mike miller at 3, wade at 2, and chalmers or who ever at the point? in my opinion there’s only 1 team out there who’s built and ready for whoever the heat put on the floor and that’s the world champion (lakers)

  18. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    yea, e. house would be a decent player for them but what they really need to do is sign defensive players who would compete on the other end also. i think their best bet is to bring in the diesel (shaq) he may be old but he’s still a big body in there that would bang with howard, perkins, and bynum and keep teams like these off the offensive boards and not to mention he’s somewhat a player u still have to respect that if not careful, he could put your starting 5 into early foul trouble.

  19. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    my man, you’re right on! the only thing i disagree with is the lewis in orlando b/c he’s not someone who will bang or look to crash boards; however they would be in a terrible amount of trouble if they don’t beef up with some height and weight if they expect to beat the lakers when like u said, artest locking up bron, kobe locking up wade and bosh looking at different looks in gasol,odom, and bynum. all i know, it’s going to be a game everybody is going to talk about when they meet in the off season, 4get about the finals.

  20. jonnymac - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    1st time you’ll hear this from a Lakers Fan: LET’S GO CELTICS!!!!!!
    Yeah I can’t wait for boston or orlando to whoop these suckas… they need to be whooped! Nasty jokas tryin to force getting a ring. I can’t wait for the press and the rest of the sports world to laugh when they loose in the finals!
    And by the way for those that think this team will ever beat the Lakers in a Best out of 7…..Child Please! – Artest will lock up LeChoke James, Kobe will keep Dwayne under control, and Gasol/Bynum or Gasol/Odom will dominate both defensively and offensively Chris Bosh (or the Predator as I call him when he has his dreads). Throw in a generous helping of 3’s from new acquisition Steve Blake and the proven Fisher, and a couple of steals from the Ariza-like new acquisition Devin Ebanks…..Lakers in 6!….LOL. (okay maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myslelf here) :)

  21. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    u really think the bulls r gonna get that far?
    they r the same team with just booker and korver added and korver makes up for heinrich.
    they will be good but not great

  22. john oluwasanmi - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    You very right Tony, One thing people will discover is the focus on Bosh and James, the championship. We will see basketball in another fashion. These three are in the right place at the right time for a showcase to America and the world.

  23. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    man at ease, it’s very clear to see that you’re a sportscenter watcher snd not a game watcher. if any of you think this team is not going to gel 2gether than you must need some medical help b/c rather you’re a heat fan or not in which most people aren’t they’re just bandwagoners, you would know that there’s no way the celtics could gaurd this team and couldn’t stay in front of less explosive players like farmer,artest,fisher and odom; get real!!! i do mean GET REAL!!!!!!!! Orlando better worry about signing jj b/c barnes left. the only team out east that probably worry this team are the new and improved chicago bulls. SMART PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO USE PROFANITY TO VALIDATE POINTS!

  24. Steve - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    I guess it’s part of our American media, but it still cracks me up how much we engage in non-news. Until next season starts, talking about who will win is sooo stupid. This Heat team hasn’t won one game yet. Between them they have one, count ’em one ring (Wade). They don’t know how to play together (yeah they played together, but then they had some big men), and they really don’t know how to win it all. Write your articles all you want. I’ll wait until the saeson starts and then we’ll see where everything lines up. If LBJ had accomplished anything like his marketing machine has, he’d have 5 rings. He’s a great player, but he is nothing compared to what he thinks he is.

  25. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Depending on matchups, Bosh may get some playing time at center during games. However, two important points need to considered. First, he has stated he does not want to play center, so don’t expect big minutes from Bosh at the center position. Second, while Bosh is one of the best PF in the NBA, he can not physically take on most centers.
    Overall, putting Bosh at center and Lebron at PF would be a very small lineup. This is not a video game. The lineup would not work for long stretches. The simple reason is this lineup is too small. Yes, Don Nelson has used small lineups during his entire coaching career. But, how many NBA championships has Nelson won has a head coach with his small lineups? Small ball may work for stretches during an NBA game. It won’t work for big minutes on a championship team.
    I realize some Heat fans may be unwilling to accept this, but the Heat need more size to win an NBA championship. This does not mean the Heat won’t fill this need. All I am saying as of right now the Heat are lacking in size. I’m not sure who is currently available. However, Pat Riley needs to bring in more size on the roster.

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