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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 EST

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. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    WELL U WAIT ON B/C IT WON’T HAPPEN, IF THEY DIDN’T BEAT AN LESS ATLETIC TEAM IN THE LAKERS YOU DEFINITELY CAN FORGET ABOUT AN OLD TEAM LIKE THE C’S BEATING THIS EXPLOSIVE HEAT TEAM. YOU MUST HAD YOUR TV OFF WHEN GASOL WAS GIVING GARNETT AND SHREK THE BUSINESS, WHEN KOBE WAS HAVING HIS WAY, AND WHEN ARTEST WAS PUSHING PIERCE ALL OVER THE COURT GETTING OFFENSISVE REBOUND AFTER REBOUND. HAVE YOU NOT HEARD THEY LOST TONY ALLEN THEIR BEST PERIMETER DEFENSIVE PLAYER?

  2. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    word

  3. Basketball man - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    The Heat do need a bigger frontcourt, but that wont stop them from winning.
    The Celtics are to old and slow to keep up with them, the lakers barely beat the heat last year and could barely beat the celtics (they r done), and when the heat play the magic, dwight howard will have his way but nobody on that team can stop Wade, bosh, and jame
    lookout here the heat come

  4. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Well, apparenty the Heat are going to sign the 37-year-old Juwan Howard:
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-juwan-howard-s071320,0,4121982.story
    Howard could possibly play some spot minutes at center. But, he probably would best be used as a backup PF. As things currently stand, I guess Joel Anthony would be the starting center? I’m not sure who else is out there. I’m assuming the Heat will also attempt to sign Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    finally someone who knows the strategy to beat any team with big men, you run, run, and run just like the okc thunder played the lakers. i yet read a comment about that series and how they gave la all they could handle being under sized and all. rebounding isn’t a big thing to teach you turn your body, find a man and simply box out. rodman, barkey, and oakley were all under sized but when you think of those names you think of rebounding so for all thses people talking about size stop finding excuses to hate on this team b/c that’s a lame 1. if miami play their hand right they would make the bigger teams match up with them by playing lebron at the powerforward spot and bosh at the center this way you’re keeping your better players on the court and they now have to match up with what you have on the court; now to all the celtics and laker fans ask yourself this, who in the world do we have on our bench that we could throw out there to stop bosh at 5, james at 4, mike miller at 3, wade at 2, and yall better hope it’s not that little dude named AI (allen iverson)

  6. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    As Don Nelson has proven time and time again, “small ball” does not win championships. Yes, the old Warriors lineup featuring “Run TMC” was very exciting to watch. However, as exciting as it may be, small ball does not win championships.
    This is not worth debating over because the Heat are not going to play Bosh at center and Lebron at PF for big mintues during the course of the season. Depending on the matchups, they may go small for stretches during games. But small ball will not be the main lineup for the Heat.
    The reason why small ball does not work is because in a seven game series, teams will create and exploit a size disadvantage by going big. Simple as that. The Heat will not attempt to win an NBA championship by playing small ball.

  7. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Agree,
    Lakers barely won on the 7th game and if the starting Center of Boston doesn’t go down who knows!

  8. Walter Sobchak - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    In reply to much of the above:
    Regarding the comments above on the Big 3:
    o I know James isn’t popular right now after the douchiest display of ego ever, but be fair, it’s hard to fathom just how dominating LBJ (or Wade, or Bosh) will be when not surrounded by an ok-at-best supporting cast. It’s easier to shut down a superstar when no one else on the team can consistently deliver. But, when you surround a player of James’ caliber with 2 other mega-stars where everyone gets single coverage, well, the points should roll in.
    o It’s not fair to criticize James yet for not winning. MJ won his 1st championship in his 7th season at age 27, and it all worked out ok for his legacy. Plus it took that long for Pippen and Grant to fully develop – they joined in Jordan’s 5th season.
    o It’s not fair to criticize Bosh for not winning anything yet either. I mean, he played for the freakin’ Raptors. Actually, no one truly knows yet what Bosh is really made of, good or bad. He could be the question mark in this scenario.
    o Wade is a stud, with championship pedigree. ‘Nuff said.
    o They’ll share the ball just fine – LBJ has always been a willing passer, and that will only improve when playing with guys who can actually score on a consistent basis.
    Regarding the comments above on what’s missing with current Heat – First of all, guys, THERE’S ONLY HALF A TEAM RIGHT NOW. That said…:
    o There’s no point in questioning the Heat’s defense – yet. D is about hustle and desire more than anything, and you have to believe the Big 3 are going to be majorly driven. The world is watching and they have a lot to prove. My money says these guys will run down loose balls, move their feet, and chase down fast breaks. Which, for the record, James and Wade have been doing their whole careers anyway.
    o There’s also no point in questioning the Heat’s lack of size either until the other six bodies are added. Really, do you think Pat Riley is unaware of the fact that he needs bangers? Seriously? He’ll get ‘em, relax.
    o Seconding the 90s Chicago Bulls comments above. The MJ era is a perfect benchmark – aside from the two incarnations of their “Big 3” (Grant, then Rodman), and a few other true NBA players (Kukoc, Harper, Cartright, etc.), the majority of the Bull’s championship teams consisted of guys that were basically non-factors when not playing with MJ. Yes, Kerr, Paxon, Longley, Wennington, etc. were all key components of the winning formula, but the majority of the rosters were filled out with one (or two) dimensional players that would rack up multiple “DNP – Coach’s Decision” on most other teams. The point is, with 3 superstuds on your team, you don’t need 9 other All-stars, you just need complimentary players. And those types of guys come cheap. Speaking of which…
    o Decent quality veterans are going to play for next to nothing to play in Miami (ala Karl Malone joining the Lakers) for two huge reasons: 1. The potential for multiple championship(s), and 2. This will by far be the most televised, watched and talked-about sports circus ever. (Plus the Latina babes, I’m just saying.)
    o No point guard? Who cares? Again, just look back at the Bulls and post-Magic Lakers (it’s not like Fisher is a great ball-handler and distributor) and you’ll see that Wade and James will likely carry that load without a problem. Actually, they already have.
    o In short, the next 6 bodies added will likely be well-chosen role players that will be a combination of defenders, passers, shooters and rebounders, because they sure as hell don’t need another ball hog. (Sorry guys, AI will not be invited to this party).
    o It will take time for the Heat to gel. But, as someone noted above, Celtics pulled it off in the first season. Another reality: the season is nearly 100 games with the playoffs, and this team should get better as the year goes on.
    Final word: Check out the history: the reality is “3 studs = championships”. Maybe they win the East in 2011, maybe they win it all – hard to say, but in years 2 and beyond, watch out. I’m guessing 3 or 4 championships over 6 years, barring serious injuries.
    Sucks, right?

  9. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Heat split with your Lakers with last years team and the game they lost was by one point.THIS TEAM WILL BE NOTHING LIKE LAST YEARS

  10. West Coast Rob - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I have to admit I had to google some of the names that is joining the Heat (outside the top 3). All I can say “remember the 04 Lakers – carl “the mailman” , gary payton… MELT DOWN.
    1. Is there really chemistry with Bosh, Wade and James?
    2. What happen when James wakes up and realizes he is Scotty Pitton 2011?
    3. Injuries? Actually James is the one that might have problem (last season)
    4. How can they have lost Derick Fisher???? Fisher with the Heat and the word “championship” becomes “possible”. Without Fisher, just a bunch of talent with zero leadership.
    I do not believe L James is looking to get the pressure off himself. I view it as looking for a “short cut” to the ring. Even if he wins – James is #2 at best. A traitor or merc out for HIRE at worse.
    The real winner might be Pat R for manipulating Wade into breaking rules and recruiting James and Bosh. All this “stinks”… So if the truth come out. Miami might not have a “team”.
    And did we forget the strike that is coming… dark clouds for the NBA

  11. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Celtics an other year older!

  12. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    I agree with you that the Heat will be a very good team. As I said before, if they don’t end up winning at least 3 or 4 titles, then it will be a great failure. However, the subject of this particular discussion is not whether the Heat will be great team. The discussion centers around the Heat roster for the 2010-2011 NBA season.
    Reports are that Miami will sign Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. I think both could be decent backups and could provide the Heat effective minutes off the bench. However, I don’t think most playoff teams would want either player getting big minutes.
    The Heat are doing the right thing by signing these players. Honestly, they are making the most of what limited cap space they have available. However, the question is whether the Heat will have enough size on their roster to win a title next season?
    The one thing that the Heat have going for them is that Pat Riley is a great GM. If it were up to Heat fans, they would attempt to win a title by playing small ball. I’m not sure what Riley will end up doing. But I bet he knows the roster needs more work.

  13. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    All your big men didn’t do mutch when they played last years team.They split and the loss was by one point.Where was the dominance? That was last years team,i think these three are a little better .

  14. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Tipical West coast sour grapes!

  15. jesse - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    I am not a Laker fan but I agree with Reese 100%. Heats keep dreaming it won’t happen. To be a champion like Celtics and Lakers it takes years not overnight. Get real

  16. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Playoff basketball is a lot different in terms of style and effort than the regular season. You can not put much stock into record season performance.
    You can’t make the claim that the 2009-2010 Heat split with the Lakers (1-1), so this means the Heat will defeat the Lakers in 2011 if they play each other in the Finals. Seriously, I am not sure where to begin. There is simply no logic to your statement.
    Playoff basketball is completely different. A seven game series provides ample time for teams to study each other and attempt to exploit mismatches. This is why I have been stressing the lack of size on the current Heat roster. I’m not convinced the likes of Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas will push them over the top.
    Over the course of a seven game series trends resulting from the matchups often emerge. For example, as previously stated, in the 2010 NBA Finals, the team that had the edge in rebounding won every single game. Individual games might not demonstrate such things. But, over the course of a seven game series certain trends usually emerge.

  17. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    I agree with what you are saying but even with Chalmers and Udonis,,Arroyo,Joel Anthony back and addition of Miller this is a much better team from last year and will go deeper into the playoffs.Wade has been there he can carry a team with help.They are much better than a year ago

  18. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas latest to sign on with Miami Heat. Bigs?

  19. LP - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    All you are underestimating Haslem’s ability to get Double-doubles and his defense, Mark Cuban wasn’t just acting out of spite when he offered UD the 30 million dollar contract; Cuban still remembers the job Haslem did on Dirk when we won in 06. We just signed big Z and a sharp shooter in Miller.
    If Joel Anthony is the Heat’s starter at center he is going to lead the NBA in Blocks… yes, I said LEAD the NBA in Blocks… Last year Anthony was 22nd in blocks per game while only playing 16 min. a game.
    Haslem and Miller would likely be starters in any other team.
    The Lakers are the defending Champs, but don’t be naive the Heat with only 7 people under contract are the best in the East on paper. Will they have to prove they are the best YES that’s obvious, but c’mon open your eyes.
    I hope the Lakers come back with a vengeance to defend their title, and i hope Boston, Orlando and the Chicago challenge the Heat otherwise it wouldn’t be fun watching the Heat Steamroll through the NBA.

  20. MIAMI BOY - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    EVRYBODY TALKIN ABOUT HEAT SIZE ,FORGET SIZE U NEED HEART TO REBOUND!DENNIS RODMAN WAS ONLY 6″7 CHARLES BARKLEY ONLY 6″6 CARLOS BOOZER ONLY 6 8″

  21. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    EVERY ONE TALKIN ABOUT REBOUNDS BOSH IS LIKE THIRD IN THE LEAD IN REBOUNDS,AND FIRST IN POWER FORWARDS

  22. MIAMI BOY - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    THERE PERCENTAGE HIGHER THAN KOBE AND ARTEST

  23. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Luckily for the Miami Heat, Pat Riley is running the show, and not some of you that are posting on here. I’m seriously not attempting to talk crap or start an argument/ debate. I’m just attempting to provide my perspective on what the Heat are lacking, which is size.
    All that I am getting from you Heat fans is that size is not an issue and none of you are worried about it, and don’t plan on doing anything about it, and don’t want to do anything about it. It seems as if none of you could care less.
    Again, luckily for the Miami Heat, Pat Riley is running the show, and not any of you. I trust Riley will address the Heat needs. More work needs to be done on the roster, and I trust Riley will do what is necessary. However, all of you are demonstrating a lack of basketball knowledge by proclaiming it doesn’t matter. Trust me, it does matter, and I am confident Riley understands what needs to be fixed.

  24. From Curacao - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    You only need to rebound when you miss shot and that wont be the case with these three Kings. Go Heat!!!

  25. MIAMI BOY - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    YEAH ,THE LAKERS IS THE CHAMPS.MIAMI IS COMING AFTER THEM.AND FOR ALL THE HATERS WE LOST MICHEAL BEASLEY 14.8 POINTS 6.4 REBOUNDS ,CHRIS BOSH 24.0 POINTS 10.8 REBOUNDS ALSO LOST QUENTIN RICHARDS 8.9 POINTS 4.9 REBOUNDS 1.2 ASSIST LEBRON JAMES 29.7 AND 7.3 ASSIST 7.3 REBOUNDS JERMAINE ONEAL 13.6 POINTS 6.9 REBOUNDS Zydrunas Ilgauskas 7.4 POINTS REBOUNDS 5.4 BESIDES ONEAL WHO WE GOING TO MISSS OUR BENCH EVEN GOT BETTER WITH MILLER !!WE LOST DORELL THATATS IT! EVERYBODY WE HAD LAST YEAR COMIN BACK OR BETTER PERSON TAKIN THERE PLACE!!!!!

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