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Eddie House signs with Miami Heat – damn, they just got even better

Jul 29, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

ehouse.jpgThe Miami Heat need shooters. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are two of the very best at getting to the rim, Chris Bosh plays inside. Somebody has to space the floor besides Mike Miller.

That somebody is Eddie House.

House signed a two-year, $2.8 million deal with the Heat, with the second year being a player option, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. This is for the veteran minimum for the 32-year-old.

Pat Riley is a witch. Or warlock, I guess. Either way, he clearly has control over the forces of nature and the human mind. How else does he pull all this together?

This is a great signing for Miami, really filling a need of a floor-spacing guard off the bench. House also is a guy who has won a title, who has been through the wars, something else Miami could use in the locker room. He will make the roster as the fifth guard. Sorry Kenny Hasbrouck, you just became camp fodder.

The Bulls had been thought to be the frontrunners for House, and the Celtics were trying to bring him back as well, all for the same price. But with the money being equal, House decided to take his talents to South Beach. Where he likely will get a lot of looks and plenty of burn.

House can shoot. Very well. He hit 38 percent of his threes last year, 44 percent the year before. He has one of the quickest releases in the game as well, getting his shot off before the help can rotate out.

House is not a very good defender, he is not fast, really all he does is shoot. But that’s all Miami wants him to do.

One other interesting note at the end of Wojnarowski’s piece — the Heat are still toying with the idea of signing Tracy McGrady. Why? Good question. He can still knock down shots, but is not moving very fluidly according to reports out of his Bulls workout last week. What’s more, he brings a pretty big personality into a locker room that already has a lot of big personalities and egos. Not sure why you take that risk, but they are thinking about it.

  1. mas(puto) - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    This guy brings the dagger with him… Good Luck L.A.!!!

  2. Drew - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Not much more Miami could do. They are stacked across the board. If you’re really picking at straws, they are mildly exposed up front. This team should win 70+ games and secure home court throughout the playoffs.

  3. Really - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    70+ games??? That’s crazy talk. Nobody is scared of Eddie House, there is a reason why he plays on a new team every year.

  4. NYG - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    yes really, Lebron won 70+ games with nobody helping him…… definitely not a stretch to think they could win 70 in Miami with Dwade and Bosh. and btw nobody needs to be scared of eddie house he is there to spread the floor and shoot threes, thats it!

  5. Island of Misfit Toys - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Has Iverson signed yet?

  6. Travis w - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Yes…because so many teams want him. Not what you had in mind, I’m sure. But as you notice, three teams were interested: Chicago, Boston, and Miami. This isn’t exactly the Clippers, T-Wolves, and Warriors trying to sign him, you know.

  7. Evan - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    The NBA is such a joke.

  8. CK Dexter Haven - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    On my laptop, it looks like it says, in South Beach, House “will get a lot of looks and plenty of BUM.”
    Makes sense. Jack Donaghy says is true:

  9. Jazaroo - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    So, the ghost of George Steinbrenner is already at work in Miami… but Lakers are already preparing for lock down defense– as is Boston… let’s see if Miami can live with Eddie being their top scorer…

  10. I_will_take_my_sandwich_to_south_BH - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    they are still short on defense and rebounding…
    it will become a shoot out every night… shoot out dont win you a title… just a lot of regular season games…

  11. DCLakerfan - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Yo mas(puto)or whoever you are take note House is only a 3pt shooter no D and is slow as hell and if you rattle him he couldn’t hit the floor with the sole of his shoe! So a throw Kobe on him and then bounce Atest off him then have Fish finish him off and hell House is done for the month..GOOD LUCK HEAT!!!!!

  12. RJV - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    You think Miami is going to have EH as their top scorer!
    Switch to the NFL Page dude!

  13. Daniel - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Lebron and wade are two of the best rebounders in the league from their positions. Haslem per minute rate is a really good rebounder off the bench. Ilgauskas is a good offensive rebounder with his 7’3” height and Bosh is a really good rebounder. Boston was not known for their defense until they bought in with doc rivers. Miami has the offensive talent and scoring (efficient scoring, high FG% with wade and lebron at their positions). Rondo and Perkins were supposed to be liabilities with boston’s big three. I’m sure miller’s shooting, joel anthony’s shot blocking, house’s shooting, James jones shooting, carlos arroyos court savvy and excellent assist/turnover ration, haslem’s experience/mid range/rebounding/toughness will all be great assets. the lakers got better defensively, but their offense and outside shooting took a hit. If the heat become a defensive team (with lebron and wade defending on the wings), they have potential.

  14. Ma! Meatloaf! - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    the finals proved that defense and rebounding win championships. cant believe how stupid this headline is. the lakers have done nothing but get better this off season. they are all ready back to back champs. the heat will be very good and they have a team that no one thought possible, but at the end of the day, the lakers are just better. better team. better coach. better bench. more length. better coach. more titles! you can not argue with winning.

  15. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    LOL. so if kobe, artest, and fisher are lockdown on house who is going to guard wade and lkebron? lol

  16. Lupe - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    LeBron never won 70+ games, what the hell are you talking about?

  17. RED - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM


  18. bob - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    i hope next years lockout last 10 years im through with this circus let these egocentric thugs get a real job then their possee
    can cheer them on when they flip a burger and supersize a coke

  19. Geezus305 - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Hi Haters. I dont even know why Lakers fans are even allowed to speak. DCLakerfan makes me laugh, while you think Phil Jackson is gonna bounce Kobe,Test,and Fish to guard House… who the F..k is gonna be guarding Heat316? your a numbskull.

  20. LAKERS 2010 - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Matt Barnes will defend Wade, Artest on Lebron tha leaves Kobe on the FAST House….. LA will be fine… Oh and we also have 3 seven footers (including Theo Ratliffe)to one for Miami. If Bynum stays healthy watch out for a 3-Peat….

  21. The Intriguer - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    All I can say is “Too many cooks spoil the food”.

  22. Antoine Walker - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Hi Pat
    Hey I can shoot and would gladly sign for the vet min. Hello…hello

  23. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Most of you obviously are not Heat fans. Miami is and will still be a defensive team!!! Look at their roster from last year and you will see they finished second in PPG allowed and in opponents FG %. If you allow the second fewest PPG in the league and hold your opponents to 44% from the field you have a defensive team. They’ve only added more talent why would they perform at a lower level on the defensive end now?

  24. D-X - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    lebron > artest – killed the lakers/ artest this past year
    wade whoever – he will be awesome because of wade and lebrons penetration.
    heat bench

  25. Laker4Life - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    LMAO, the Laker Fans aren’t allowed to speak?? Only the BANDWAGON HEAT fans can talk??? LMAO!! They haven’t even done anything yet but you wanna crown em champs w/ 70+ wins? Just because Lebron and the Cavs that were built around the guy won 60+ games the last 2 years but flopped in the playoffs??? This same Cavs team that everyone was in love w/ the last 2 years but are now saying was a weak cast and that’s why Lewhiner left? I can’t wait to see how this year turns out… Gonna laugh my ass off if the Heat can’t do anything and the Bandwagon fans have to find a new team…LOL

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