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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. Houston - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Yeah, sign McGrady, then you can lose any shot at a title!

  2. Balls - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    The play in the east. Golden state would put up decent defensive numbers in the east…

  3. Yosef - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Yes, everyone is wary and uncertain of the Heat because of the pure talent on the roster. No, no one knows how it is going to play out. Yes, the Lakers are the defending champions, and no one has unseated them yet.
    Sometimes I really, really hate the offseason, because I have to listen to all this crap. Bah.

  4. wow - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    wow, just wow. So your going to start Barnes and Artest? Does that mean Kobe will be your pg? Wow there is no offense in that line up. Enjoy getting dominated, with Artest and Barnes as your scoring wings, and Kobe as your point.
    But then again your a lakers fan, so little things like starting two small forwards who are offensive liabilities doesn’t mean anything to you, since you probably show up at half time, check your iphone, spot the celebs, watch the final 4 minutes.

  5. D-X - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    this did not show up how it was supposed to. point was, the lakers are better in each match up except for lebron vs artest and mike miller vs whoever.

  6. Daniel - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Barnes, Kobe, and Artest on the floor at the same time? Where is the pg and where is the shooting. Barnes and Artest will rarely if ever be on the court at the same time with Kobe. Say what you want about Kobe vs wade and individual matchups. The nba is a game of 5 players, Kobe and wade are not going to play one on one. But I’ll take my chances with Wade blowing by Kobe every time as much as I’d trust Kobe burying a tough shot against wade. It’s a wash in the end cuz ill take younger wade (the 2nd most clutch player in the league shooting at 48% over Kobe, the most clutch player shooting at 45.5% over the course of 45 minutes). This isn’t slow old pierce or ray allen. This is Lebron and wade, the 2 of the 3 best wing players and finishers in the game. wont be easy for artest or kobe or fisher. I’m not downplaying the defensive capabilities of barnes or artest. i’m just saying its no lockdown when u have to worry about two elite wings rather than 1

  7. jaided - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    wow is the biggest laker hater. check this out kobe gasol artest fisher odom barnes blake and all others better then last yr and the lakers scored last yr as u can tell they got the hardware to prove it. scoring wings this guy what is this hockey come on now. wow u dont know sports ur just a hater. scoring wings. thats comedy

  8. jaided - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    All u haters like daniel are thinking barnes is gonna start hes coming off the bench haters. lakers are so deep this yr i cant help but say 3peat again in la. no more post for u haters are to dumb and analyze lil things. lakers inside game will win it again. gasol odom bymun ratliff 7 footers to heats bosh. come on now. worry about whos gonna stick the lakers. haters

  9. wow - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    we both we replying to your lakers2010 fan who said that barnes would guard wade, and artest would guard lebron. But then again asking a lakers fan a bball question is like asking snooki about her Italian heritage.
    And let me be honest if Theo Ratliff gets major minutes the Lakers are in trouble because Bynum, not Bymun, got hurt. Also Odom is not 7 foot sorry. But hey don’t let those pesky facts get in the way.

  10. Daniel - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    I hope to God for your sakes and every Laker fan’s sake hope you don’t think Mo Williams is even close to Wade’s level or Jamison to Bosh’s level.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Its true that there happens to be a few egos in the NBA, but playing pro basketball isn’t every young athletic African American males only option. Your comment is pretty offensive. Most of the thugs, “as bob would call them” happen to be very active charity working guys. Basketball is a sport of guts. Most people that play it is aware that you have to have heart, so dont allow the on court personality be the judge of character. Besides how do you know flipping burgers is their next and only option, Jalen Rose was viewed as a thug like player and wow after NBA life he became a ESPN analyst, what a Burger King.

  12. Todd - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    In what universe did Lebron win “70+” games? Not in this one. Cleveland has never had a 70-win season, even with Lebron.

  13. Daniel - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    And you my friend…are the biggest idiot to not know the terms Wing player is a common basketball term among the intelligent and informed bball fan. Why do you think people say MJ and scottie were the best wing/guard combos or wing defenders in nba history. educate yourself. I may be a hater. but at least I am not ignorant

  14. jobin - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    answer me this wow, who on the heat matches up with the lakers? who will guard kobe? gasol? bynum? the lakers have people who can match up well with the heat. lebron owns artest (as he does everyone else for the most part) but the lakers (because of their depth) have people who can help kobe on wade (barnes, fish, sasha… jk about sasha). As for bosh and gasol, there is no question gasol is better than bosh. not even close. so, what i am asking you is how will the heat stop lakers? (if it comes down to them in the finals because the regular season doesnt mean a thing)

  15. corey - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Ok all of you except for maybe a handful know anything about Basketball/NBA and how it works. LeBron is my fav followed by Kobe then Wade, with all judgement aside how can you dispute Either teams talent? Uhh you can’t only the haters can. Kobe showed his age in the playoffs this past season and everybody knows it, if it wasn’t for gasol and artest last second shots it would not have been La in the finals. Bynum will never stay healthy, Gasol is at his peak and will never get better then he was last year. Fish is the man who keeps it all together but is just going to be slower and play less minutes. Artest is getting much slower as well and has no chance in gaurding wade or lebron. They added barnes but he will see maybe 15 mins a game. Brown is gone, farmar is no backup. I mean they are the champs and I love them but this would be there last year at any shot of a championship. Gasol and Z are a good matchup because of Z’s outside shooting he takes gasol out of the lane, but gasol is quicker then him on the inside. Bosh has nobody to gaurd him except rotations. LeBron can only be garded by Kobe but that won’t happen to much wear tair. So what that leaves Barnes or Artest who proved he can’t gaurd him. Wade has to be gaurded by Kobe because Fish is way to old and slow. So that leaves Fish on Aroyyo and Artest on Miller. I don’t see how they can match up honestly yes the heat need a few months to get it together, but them winning 70 no i would say between 58 and 66 is realistic. Now you have House, Haslem, chalmers, jones. LeBron and Wade are 2 of the best defenders in the leage Big Z is good in his own right. Bosh is very smart and wont use as much energy as he normaly would with his surroundings. The heat will be to fast and to big at almost every position for anybody to handle. The reason La might have a chance is because of the chemistry together,Phil,Kobe, and Heart they never give up. Given that it’s still hard to beat 3 young talents in the prime of their career, now there getting all these vets to sign because they know it’s something special. Championship chances: La= 55% Mi=45% only because there defending champs.

  16. Kobe Bryant - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Everyone jump on the “Three Peat” Train….There’s still plenty of room

  17. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Im not a Lakers Fan, but dont put starting a 6’8″ forward at point past Mr. Jackson, besides the triangle offense doesn’t require a true point guard thats why Ron Harper was able to run the point in L.A. and Chicago under Phil

  18. corey - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Ok all of you except for maybe a handful know anything about Basketball/NBA and how it works. LeBron is my fav followed by Kobe then Wade, with all judgement aside how can you dispute Either teams talent? Uhh you can’t only the haters can. Kobe showed his age in the playoffs this past season and everybody knows it, if it wasn’t for gasol and artest last second shots it would not have been La in the finals. Bynum will never stay healthy, Gasol is at his peak and will never get better then he was last year. Fish is the man who keeps it all together but is just going to be slower and play less minutes. Artest is getting much slower as well and has no chance in gaurding wade or lebron. They added barnes but he will see maybe 15 mins a game. Brown is gone, farmar is no backup. I mean they are the champs and I love them but this would be there last year at any shot of a championship. Gasol and Z are a good matchup because of Z’s outside shooting he takes gasol out of the lane, but gasol is quicker then him on the inside. Bosh has nobody to gaurd him except rotations. LeBron can only be garded by Kobe but that won’t happen to much wear tair. So what that leaves Barnes or Artest who proved he can’t gaurd him. Wade has to be gaurded by Kobe because Fish is way to old and slow. So that leaves Fish on Aroyyo and Artest on Miller. I don’t see how they can match up honestly yes the heat need a few months to get it together, but them winning 70 no i would say between 58 and 66 is realistic. Now you have House, Haslem, chalmers, jones. LeBron and Wade are 2 of the best defenders in the leage Big Z is good in his own right. Bosh is very smart and wont use as much energy as he normaly would with his surroundings. The heat will be to fast and to big at almost every position for anybody to handle. The reason La might have a chance is because of the chemistry together,Phil,Kobe, and Heart they never give up. Given that it’s still hard to beat 3 young talents in the prime of their career, now there getting all these vets to sign because they know it’s something special. Championship chances: La= 55% Mi=45% only because there defending champs.

  19. Brian - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    The Lakers wouldnt know what lock defense was if bit them on there rump. The Celtics do play some lock down defense.

  20. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Im sorry but talent just doesn’t always guarante a win. Look at the Lakers team that lost to the Pistons, or the Portland team that had Rasheed Pippen, Wells, or The Kings team with Webber, I mean you can put a host of talented players on the court together and have a All-Star game but you need chemistry coaching and a willing defense to be a champion.

  21. Daniel - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    I’ll help wow out here. Ray Allen defended Kobe well in a team concept. The heat don’t need individual defenders (of course they help). Team defense is key against the triangle offense. But outside of Bynum and Gasol, the rest of the lakers are inefficient scorers, they shoot low percentages from the field, including Kobe himself. The heat already have more length defensively than the celtics ever had. That helps. You can’t just look at the matchups as 1 on 1. It’s a game of 5, with help defense. I’m not saying by this post the heat beat all the lakers matchups. Laker fans make it sound so one sided. what Im saying is that its not just about the heat being able to matching up with the lakers. Its the lakers matching up with the heat. Can the heat matchup with the laker size (maybe). Can Kobe’s knees and artest’s speed keep up with 2 elite fast explosive finishers in the league? who happen to be in their prime. Remember Lebron and wade are better than anyone in the league getting to the line (foul trouble on artest, odom, bynum, and yes even gasol). how will the lakers fare if theo ratliff has to come innto the game? I’ll take haslem over ratliff. it works both ways

  22. lols - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    did you really just say big z is a good match up against gasol? haha. alos, you realize kobe had a club on his finger and a hurt knee last year right? to say his “age showed” is bs. gasol will match up with bosh as long as bynum is healthy (big if). gasol is much better than bosh. no deying that.
    as for the “they wouldnt have made it without last second shots”. get over it. they did and they won. that is the dumbest argument out there because it does not matter how you win, just how win. i agree the heat create a lot of match up problems, but they truely only do with one player. LBJ. no one shuts him down. let him get his. it worked well for him in cleveland… i know his supporting cast in cleveland was garbage and the talent on the heat is overwhelming, but top to bottom, the lakers have the most talent, depth, and experience. you can not argue with wins.

  23. Tony - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Good Lord, with Bosh, Wade and LeBron, what makes you think they are counting on House to be there top scorer?

  24. jobin - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    fully agree with the team defense analysis. thats why boston remains competitive every year and also a big part of why the lakers have been successful. my point is that the lakers have players to help slow down the heat. if anyone can slow down lebron and wade, they have a shot. those 2 a great, but they cant put up 35+ every night. my biggest argument against the heat is their depth and their interior. thanks for not replying like an idiot and actually posting an intelligent response.

  25. dbromo - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Pat is not a werlock he is a pimp!!! He is the godfather, please refer to him from hence forth as Pat Coreleone.

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