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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. jc1670 - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Typical that Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni had no use for Eddie House. The Knicks will be in the dog house again this season until D’Antoni is fired.

  2. Drew - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Only the uneducated, biased fan analyzes individual matchups across the board in order to determine a winner. Even though the NBA has a lot to do with great individual players, it’s still a team game. Boston was a few bounces away from winning it all this year. If Ray Allen makes even a couple shots in Game 3, Celtics win and maybe close the series out in 5. Then, what would this discussion be?
    The bottom line is Miami is 10-11 players deep with very few weaknesses except for questions of chemistry, which are yet to be determined. On paper, this team should win at least 70 games. The Celtics in ’08 won 66 games in which they let their foot off the gas in a few of them. This Miami team is better. I’m not a Heat fan, I’m just stating the obvious.

  3. wow - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Jobin,
    I agree the Lakers have the depth on the interior, I was just responding to the idea that the addition of Barnes means the Lakers will be able to lock down the heat. It seems some of your fans (Lakers2010, Jaided) believe that playing them both at the same time would shut down the Heat. When you and I both know that Barnes and Artest will rarely be on the court at the same time.
    Sorry for the insults at the Lakers fans expense, but some of your Lakers fans make you look bad, (Jaided not know what a wing is) as I’m sure any successful team has homers who can’t see past there own team. It similar to Celtics fans who say that the Celtics right now have a deep bench, which is a joke as of now since Marquis Daniels is the eight player in there rotation.

  4. TBS - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    So Lebron announced “I’m taking my talents to Souf Beach.”
    He also took his knucklehead posse of childhood friends with him.
    Lebron’s working on his game — at Tao’s in Las Vegas. LeNarcissist is good at celebrating himself. Celebrating championships? Notsomuch.

  5. nresq - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Whoa, there Drew! Why stop at “70+”? Why not say 82? Why don’t we see how the first month goes and go from there, shall we. Geez.

  6. elbows - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    I think the Heat will win, just not next year. It took the Celtics a year to figure out how to play together. I think it will take the Heat a year. Then I think they roll. I think bigs win championships. And Garnett and Howard are better than anyone the Heat have. I frankly don’t see them coming out of the East. I think the Magic come out. Now that Howard knows what it necessary for him to reach elite level (the Celtics treated him like a little kid until he woke up and start knocking people out) I think he will exert himself. Next year Lakers 3-peat over the Magic. Then the Heat win it all.

  7. nresq - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Guess they should just cancel the season and declare the Heat the champs, right Drew? Ever hear of injuries? Infighting between the players? Having an off year? And the comment about matchups? Puhleeze! I bet you get several calls a day from NBA teams asking about your availability to fill their GM spot, right?

  8. alets - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Everyone is wasting time and energy talking about matchups. I’m not a laker fan, nor a heat fan. But i do know basketball, and the basketball players. I find it interesting that not one person has commented on the mental weakness of Miami’s players. Wade is the only sound one. Lebron chokes under pressure, and Bosh simply quits. Just see game 5 of the Clev v. Celtics, and you will see a mentally-defeated Lebron. As for Bosh, he was too scared to play when Toronto’s season was on the line – the Raptors were neck-in-neck with the Bulls for the playoff race, and what does Bosh do? He doesn’t play, even though he was cleared by the doctors. In contrast to Heat players, ALL of the laker players are battle tested and possess the requisite mental toughness. That’s the REAL difference between the two teams.

  9. mike - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    yawwwwnn….wow everyone really has nuttin better to do then to argue about how much better the lakers are, or how the heat are better, I am personally a Heat fan, but I think we should just watch the season playout. Doesn’t that sound a little less childish then the my team is better then your speech, oh and for those who are so upset they’ve became non nba fans, dude get over it, it’s business, you guys make it sound so personal, it’s a free agency people can sign whereever, you sound even more whinier then the stars whos complaning about this invisible rule of honor, maybe you still believe in santa claus and easter bunnies too. Get over your childhood honor crap, it’s business

  10. Daniel - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Artest had phsyce issues prior to LA. Kobe has been known to get hotheaded and shot happy, gasol was soft (mentally and physically), vujacic was well…vujacic, farmar was soft and mentally fragile and lost at times. But all of that changed. So why can’t the heat change? so did boston. garnett was known to be mentally fragile, pierce wasn’t a proven champion, and ray allen was a big question mark. yes lebron and bosh may have tanked, but the same kobe everyone praises for his mental toughness and heart unquesitonably tanked game 7 against the suns. he refused to shot against a horrible suns defense because he was unhappy about comments that he was a ballhog. every star has his flaws. sure it might take a year for the heat, but you can’t compare years or teams. Let’s just wait and see

  11. Hooker Mctitties - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    alets – if you found out your teammate was banging your mom right before a game do you think your head would be in it??? I find it interesting the Cavs dump West and Lebron ditched Cleveland. Either way YOU FOOLS DON’T KNOW ANYTHING. Vegas makes $ for a reason and picking the heat just means they have the best chance. Am I the only one that thinks Wade, Bosh, Lebron is way better than Wade, Shaq, & the gang???
    P.S. Matt Barnes sucks. That guy couldnt hit a three if his life depended on it.

  12. clos - Jul 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    All of you people are a bunch of idiots… Let’s just play the season and see what happens.. We can speculate all day bout match ups and who has better team chemistry but what happens if in the middle of the season either LeBron or Kobe blow out a knee…All this talk goes right out the window………

  13. alets - Jul 29, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    I agree Clos. Everyones’ comments (except mine) are a waste of time. All the talk about match-ups is a side show, full of speculation and suppositions. The real issue, as i pointed out, is the lack of mental strength of LBJ and CB.

  14. Experteez - Jul 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Barnes to guard Wade.? Really? Does anybody remember Wade droppin 50 on the magic this year.?Barnes is not a stopper and Kobe cant run around and guard Wade and still perform well on O. Defense should be fine. I mean its not like q rich and mike beas were stoppers and the heat were still top 5 in the league. But the lakers front line is still too much. The Heat are expecting too much from Pittman

  15. justin - Jul 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    u took the words right out of my mouth they are just buying everyone , i have to say im gettting annoyed by how they r just buy up people left and right they r the yankees and this is what is gonna make ppl stop watching basketball just like baseball becuz they r gonna be the team everyone is gonna wanna go to

  16. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Lebron never won 70…..60 plus yes but not 70, lets not get carried away.

  17. Drew - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    If you read what I wrote, you would see that I said “on paper” they should win 70+ games. They’re solid – or at the very least respectable – at every position and well coached. I think much like the Celtics veterans didn’t put up with any crap on their teams, the Heat will do the same. Just because I said they SHOULD win 70+ games doesn’t mean they will. You still have to play the game. Even if they win that many games, it’s no guarantee of playoff supremacy. But, do I think it’s LIKELY they steamroll the competition? Yes.
    Your point about injuries is silly. Well, what if Lebron, Wade, and Bosh all go down to injuries? Sure, anything can happen. Does that make my argument illegitimate? No, it’s an extenuating circumstance. With their depth and talent pool, they can absorb injuries and still win.
    The point about matchups is ridiculous. Sure, there are some important ones that count, but did the Lakers expect Big Baby to be a factor at all in the finals? Was J.J. Redick supposed to outplay Vince Carter in the playoffs? Wasn’t Vince Carter supposed to be a matchup problem for teams doubling Dwight Howard and be the breakdown player at the end of games? What if a great player is in a shooting slump? Does the individual matchups theory still hold up? TEAM matchups are what matters.
    Give me your reasons – barring a multitude of major injuries and potential chemistry issues which I already pointed out – why Miami shouldn’t win 70+ games this year.

  18. michael - Jul 29, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Lebron has not won 70+ games. Also I think the significance of the Heat signing House is overstated. He is not a starter, is a role player. He played limited minutes in Boston, and despite shooting a respectable percentage was far from indespensable. He played limited minutes because he is undersized, has porous defense and shows very little offensive versatility. Will he make some shots?… Sure. He wont play enough minutes to make a real impact throuhout the season. He will affect theoutcome of the odd game, but the heat needs a a point guard who can play long minuutes and not be a liability.

  19. heat4ever - Jul 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    cannot wait for the season to start……………………72-10!

  20. Nut - Jul 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    What have you been smokin? Yes, put your top 3 Laker defenders on Eddie house and ignore Wade and Lebron….you must be the next Phil Jackson.

  21. Hoops McCann - Jul 30, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Yeah Brian -
    That’s why the Lakers beat the Celtics and beat them at their own game in the Finals. Because they can’t rebound and play defense. Boston players had foam coming out of their mouths and could do nothing but reach and grab and commit stupid fouls the last 20 minutes of game 7 – but I guess you weren’t watching.

  22. LAKER FAN!! - Jul 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    They have to beat the best to be the best!! All roads go through LA and I’ll take talent and experience over a team that hasn’t won a game yet-just a bunch of hype!!! We’ll see you on Christmas day Miami-Bring santa with u!!!

  23. Drew - Jul 31, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    It’s funny just how bitter Lakers fans are even after winning. The Celtics weren’t “beaten at their own game.” They were oversized for the entire series. The team that won the rebounding battle won every game. Game 7 was no exception. The Celtics were definitely fatigued, which contributed to committing several cheap fouls that ultimately cost them the game. Some of (but not all) the calls were bad, i.e. the Pau Gasol travel which counted as a basket. Would Kendrick Perkins battling some of those bigs made a big difference? I think you could say that. Would it have made a difference in the outcome? Maybe.
    But Lakers fans make it sound as if it was one-sided beatdown. The Celtics were in control of the entire game until the last 8 minutes. It was their game to lose and they lost it. Not to mention they squandered a Game 3 at home they really should’ve won. That’s how the ball bounces. But, don’t try to pretend it was a lopsided series.

  24. Anonymous - Jul 31, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    I SALUTE EDDIE

  25. Dwade County 111 - Jul 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    hahaha Matt Barnes on Dwade I almost fell out my chair is that supposed to be funny.

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