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Heat’s reported free agent targets: Steve Blake, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza, Kyle Lowry, DeJuan Blair, Spencer Hawes, Channing Frye

Jul 1, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

Miami Heat's Forward Shawn Marion (R) vi Miami Heat's Forward Shawn Marion (R) vi

LeBron James might want a max contract.

Or he, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might accept less to allow Pat Riley to upgrade the Heat’s supporting cast.

I believe the uncertainty rests in whom Riley could land. I don’t see the big three taking pay cuts to make room for just anyone.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

According to sources, among the players the Heat will pursue are veteran Warriors guard Steve Blake, who can play either guard spot, can knock down 3-pointers and is expected to draw interest from other contenders, like the Thunder.

Another pair of graybeards is also on the Heat list: Shawn Marion of the Mavericks and teammate Vince Carter. Both players have expressed interest in the team, and the feeling is said to be mutual.

The Heat would like to add someone in his prime this summer, including Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza or Kyle Lowry. But the fact is, there won’t be much available when it comes to players in their 20s, and the Heat can’t go overboard with spending. DeJuan Blair is a possibility at power forward, while Spencer Hawes and Channing Frye are outside possibilities for the frontcourt.

Beyond Lowry – who’s receiving plenty of attention from the Raptors and Rockets – and maaaybe Ariza, those players don’t warrant LeBron, Wade and Bosh relinquishing salary.

Miami needs better support for the big three, and these players could push the Heat over the edge to the championship next season. It’s not as if they were that far off this year, and the won the previous two years.

But most of these players are not exceptional. They’re supporting players, and the mid-level exception, bi-annual exception or minimum salaries – what Miami would have available if the big three seek big deals – should be enough to lure them to a championship-caliber team playing in a tax-free state with great weather.

When Marvin Williams is a longshot, that says something about the Heat’s options.

  1. jadaruler - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    3 Mavs on that list. Just come to Dallas Lebron

  2. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    …so they are targeting every free agent?

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Exactly, a journalists credibility is a thing of the past, it’s all about clicks. And once again, I bite.

  3. dj3garrett - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    They should be going after Gortat, Ariza, and Nelson… In that order… Gortat would slide Bosh Bach to his natural 4 spot… Ariza would back up Lebron and defend the other teams best player… Nelson would start at Pg, hit open 3’s and run the offense when Lebron is sitting. . He could also mentor Cole and Napier… Even go after Alan Anderson and bring Wade off the bench like Giniboli…

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      No no no… they’re only allowed to go after the names reported by Sporting News.

    • bobbybouche305 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      I agree With Gortat, but like Stephenson over Ariza any day,and Livingston from Brooklyn over Nelson….
      Gortat 10 mill
      Bosh 14 mill
      Lebron 17 mill (bird rights last contract signed)
      wade 12 mill/stephenson 8 mill
      Livingston (rios 4.6)/Napier Coles and his 2.2.

      bench: Jesus, UD.Carter, Marion, Williams or Lewis, Ennis

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:47 AM

        Gortat is staying in DC. They have plenty of cap space and they will not let an integral part of their 2013 success walk. And on the flip side, Gortat is not going to take less to go to Miami just because it’s the Heat.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Good job in mentioning Ennis, who has quietly had an excellent season in Australia and will be on at least one of the Heat’s Summer League teams.

      • bougin89 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        That’s absolutely not going to work for salary cap reasons.

  4. SBoy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Who needs Pat Riley when you have “the big three” capable of making all player personal decisions.

  5. gatorfan1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    There is not a combination of any players listed that would have helped Miami beat the Spurs this past Finals! It will now be interesting what Lebron does. For the Lebron nuthuggers who don’t care what team he plays for just as long as he can “win” championships, this is good news. If your an Miami fan (all 6 of you), this spells trouble. Lebron will know ahead of time the list of players that Miami will have a chance to sign – no one earth shattering or game changing. He is on record saying he will only compete for championships – and this won’t get it!

  6. brianjoates - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Don’t forget Steve Blake is a Miami kid, he could be thinking about a final run before he hangs them up with the hometown team.

  7. campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Antoine Walker is out there too.

  8. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    I just don’t see the allure of playing a ‘Big 3’ that is truly no longer a big 3 anymore. It’s LBJ, Bosh on the decline, and Wade minus his knees who is best served as a bench body now. Personally, if I was any one of the high end free agents? I’d rather go play on a perennial contender with a serious infusion of youth than a team with a bunch of 10+ year vets who are all on the downside of their careers just because of the logic “But they have the big 3!” It’s the Big 1. Let’s be honest.

    Look at Gortat for instance: would he take less to go to Miami? Or stay in DC with a young and improving Wiz team along side Beal and Wall who are continuing to grow, a very solid player in NeNe, and plenty of cap space to improve (or possibly bring back Ariza and keep the team intact)? That seems like a much more attractive opportunity to me. Do the Heat have a better chance at a ring in the next year? Absolutely. But beyond that? Not so sure.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      “Do the Heat have a better chance at a ring in the next year? Absolutely. But beyond that? Not so sure.”

      Not so sure myself either, but there is hope. Napier and Ennis could crack the starting line-up. Cole has played well at times and is too young and fits the locker room too well to be written of just yet (and some people can grow tremendously from the rough season end he went through). The summer leagues will show whether Hamilton can help in the middle. Maybe Beasley will turn out to have benefited from LeBron saying what had to be said. Young guys all, those. Nothing certain there, but no reason for despondency either.

    • ss3walkman - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      I personally don’t think Bosh is on the decline. He’s just playing out of position. He’s a PF not a C. A PG isn’t going to be great are SG or SF neither.

      Someone else said no combination of any of these guys would have beat the Spurs. I’m not so sure. Gortat at C and Lowry at the point and that teams already way better than last years team.

      Realistically I don’t see Gortat turning down a huge contract to play in Miami only because he’s still young and needs a nice payday. If they can sign Lowry and Ariza they are MUCH improved

      • genericcommenter - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Yeah, there have even been (somewhat convincing) arguments that Bosh has been a more valuable player the last few years, as he changed his game based on what the team asked him to do. He was trying to fit the role of need. He’s not going to put up 20/10, but he could every night for 25+ teams in the NBA.

  9. crabcakesfootball - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Dump wade. Save money

  10. muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Except for Lowry, Hawes, or DJ Blair…. Garbage, Garbage, Garbage, and Bigger Garbage

    Pat Riley is not the smartest minded GM. He simply lucked out on trying to gain the obvious big 3.

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