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Who will Heat target in free agency? Just about everyone.

Jun 25, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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The party is still going on in Miami — they will be parading through downtown with the Larry O’Brien trophy on Monday and a whole lot of people are going to be “sick” from work to get down and be part of the festivities.

But in the Miami front office, there is no break. They likely will have five or six roster spots to fill for next season with guys like Ronny Turiaf, Dexter Pittman and others becoming free agents (I do not think Mike Miller is going to retire and leave $13 million on the table). Tweaking the roster starts with the draft on Thursday (No. 27 pick) and then their real work beings when free agency opens on Sunday.

Who are the Heat expected to target in free agency? Just about everyone, especially centers and knockdown shooters.

You know they will approach Ray Allen and Jason Terry. The Heat want a more traditional point guard so Steve Nash and Andre Miller will get a call. They need a big and Chris Kaman and Jermaine O’Neal are out there. They’ll probably even call Grant Hill.

But it comes with a catch — Miami has the mini mid-level of $3 million for one of those guys and after that it’s veteran minimum deals.

So, who wants to take a big pay cut to chase a ring? Shane Battier did that last year and after a lackluster season he stepped up big in the finals.

Nash has talked about wanting a ring, would he go to Miami… where they already have a couple serious ball handlers in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? Would Allen become Public Enemy No. 1 in Boston and jump to the Heat? Not sure I see either of those, and the buzz is Andre Miller wants to get paid. You can question everyone on that list.

But know that Pat Riley is going to use his “come win a ring” sales pitch on everyone he thinks could help. And someone key is going to say yes.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    The thing about Allen and Terry that make them square pegs for round holes is that other than shooting, they don’t fill the roles that the Heat need. Guys like Battier, Miller, and James Jones all are/were threats from 3, but they all play defense, draw charges (Battier and Jones), and bang the boards hard (Miller and Battier). To play for the Heat, yiou have to get down and dirty, and Allen and Terry are a little to squeaky clean for what is necessary down here.

    But if we have to pick one, it’s clearly Ray Allen.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      1972, Ray is a sneaky-good defender too. I think he will re-sign in Boston for 2 years. I honestly think they are keeping this thing going because they think they can get back again, and I agree…. Congrats on your Heat, they stepped up. This Heat team and this title reminds me of the late 80’s when the Pistons overtook the Celtics, but this Celtics team has some pieces that will keep it battlling near the top for awhile, unlike back in the day when the whole team was old (young core literally dropped dead)…another thing- if I’m the Heat, I am looking for another big and sticking with the offense running through Lebron. Chalmers is VERY underrated, so don’t mess w/the pg, and if they add a defensive big, that will significantly improve their team.

      • hwatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        with chalmers, it may be that he really wants to break out and handle the ball and finish like wade and Lebron. Maybe they want a pg that can manage the ball and set up other guys better. Chalmers is a great player, obviously, but Kurt is saying maybe not the best fit at point for the Heat.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Thanks bro. The Heat raised their game, and the Celtics were the reason. Celts are championship quality; and the Heat had to be better, stronger, and tougher than they ever were to beat them this year.

        I like the idea of Kaman too, but Kaman’s going to get a big $ offer elsewhere.

    • snoopy2014 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Does James Jones really play that much better defense than Allen? Allen played solid D within good defensive schemes. Spo likely will know how to use him, so I don’t see it being a problem for you guys.

      And individually speaking, James Jones is a pretty awful defender aside from picking up charges.

  2. barkley4life - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Kaman would be a solid pick up. There are only a handful or Centers in the league that present a legitimate matchup problem so finding someone to combat Dwight and Hibbert is key. Chicago has decisions to make on Corey Brewer and Kyle Korver who can both be waived to stay under the cap and throw money at Asik and Gibson. Korver would fit into Miami perfectly.

    Thunder may release Nazr Mohammed would be a good filler big man off the bench in spots. I can see them trying to move Haslem for an upgrade as I think he on the downside and if he is not hitting the jumper doesn’t provide as much as he did years past.

    One guy who could resurrect his career for 20 25mins a game in Miami would be Rashard Lewis. However his jumper has been missing and his body has a lot of wear and tear on it after 14years.

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    to borrow a line from Mel Brooks…”It’s good to be king”. The Heat are in control and players will come sacrificing $$$ for a title…which is great. I do believe they need to attract “glue guys” as they already have superior firepower from the big 3…not sure if Allen is a fit but at a cheap price tag, heck…why not? Nash on the other hand can still command lots of $$$…not sure how he would be okay taking a drastic paycut.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      i dont think rays gonna take the kind of pay cut it would take for miami to get him. i think ray ends up with paul and griffin in LA

  4. reddolfan66 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    The parade was awesome!!!! Go HEAT!!!

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    If any of you hated the Heat because of the celebration they had BEFORE they won anything; do yourself a favor and don’t watch the celebration AFTER they won.

    I’m guessing it won’t be subtle and understated.

  6. reedme16 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Nash and Miller are out because Chalmers is locked up for 2 years cheap plus Cole will be better. I would like Kaman, but I dont see him coming for the miny mid level. Im thinking more like Jermaine Oneal, who Spo is familiar with and Jason Terry. Terry will take charges, just can’t defend!

    Seems like the Heat should amnesty Miller because of durability! That would free up some cap space!

  7. canehouse - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Hey New York, Indiana, Boston, Oklahoma City… oh yeah almost forgot Chicago, and yes Cleveland too… we’ve been partying down here since Thursday night… and boy does it feel good!!!!

  8. miamatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I think Allen is Miami’s guy- they have the ideal role for him, and he has shown throughout his career that he is a willing defender, a team guy. He won’t need to give the Heat big minutes, yet he can still have an impact by shooting threes and making the right play with or without the ball.

    Can’t see any of the worthwhile big men (love Kaman but he commands so much more on the open market) coming in at 3 mil per, and please for the love of god no Jermaine O’Neal. He was broken when he played for the Heat three years ago. And don’t even get me started on Kwame Brown…

  9. kfiz14 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Hey canehouse, get on your raft and go home.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      What, losing still sting? Get used to it.

  10. myownwerstenmy - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Well just like the post Jordan days till the Kobe/shaq dynasty I will not be watching basketball. I hope you are getting exactly what you wanted David stern. Fack q.

    • ceschatz - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Awwww, why? Because the team you were routing for didnt win? Suck it up and get over it baby.

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