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Report: Heat trying to add shooting guard, another big but for veteran minimum

Aug 20, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade AP

Right now, the Heat have the older, coming-off-injury Danny Granger backing up the older, his knees still bother him Dwyane Wade at the two guard spot (after that comes Reggie Williams I guess).

Right now the big man rotation for the Heat is likely Josh McRoberts and Chris Bosh starting with Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen coming off the bench.

Understandably, Miami might want to add a little depth along those spots, something reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Of course, the only problem is the money.

The Heat is serious about adding another shooting guard and a big man if it can find two good ones willing to take the veteran’s minimum. After recently working out Jordan Hamilton (who signed with Toronto) and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Heat also has inquired about Leandro Barbosa and Jordan Crawford, who both hold appeal to Miami.

Among power rotation players, the Heat has shown interest in Emeka Okafor and has considered Ekpe Udoh. Preliminary inquiries were made on Andray Blatche and Jason Maxiell. Agent David Falk said he talked to the Heat about Elton Brand but that Brand is unlikely to end up here.

When you pick up a veteran minimum player at this point in the summer, you mostly get what you are paying for. Teams try to find a guy who maybe is poised for a bit of a bounce-back year and roll the dice, but the bottom line is most of the quality guys are off the board. And to add to the fun, most of the veterans still on the board are convinced they are worth more than the minimum they are being offered.

The Heat have a rotation that should solidly land them in the playoffs in the East — with Wade, Bosh and the addition of Luol Deng they can keep playing the small ball, space-and-pace system they have the last few years. It’s not going to be the same, but it can win games because they still have some talent. Don’t see them lasting long in the postseason, but they should comfortably make it.

But they sure could use a little more depth.

  1. 2016olympics - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Okafor would be a solid pickup for Miami.

    • avb300 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Mahinmi would help them a lot too if they could trade for him

      Check out this post on rim protectors:

    • tardyman - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      The Cavs really need a rim protector… however, after missing last season, I don’t think Okafor is completely recovered, probably gonna be a mid-season signing.

  2. cruzan80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    If Okafor is healthy. He’s going to be an absolute steal for whichever team signs him. After dealing with Oden last season the Heat might be a bit weary of going after him though.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Don’t be surprised when the Heat MISS the playoffs.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      In the East? They were in the Finals last year, they lost LeBron but they’ll still make the playoffs, easily.

    • clevelandrox - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      boy this seems like deja vu…

    • marcuspokus - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Name 8 teams in the east that will push the Heat out of a playoff spot.

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        I can’t stand the Heat but c’mon let’s have some respect. The east has improved a little this year and will clearly be in the playoffs and I also expect Chris Bosh to go back to Toronto’s Chris Bosh around 23 or 24 pts per game.

        Only way they don’t make the playoffs if D. Wade misses a chunk of the season again like he has the last 2 seasons

  4. mungman69 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Even though they play in the East.

  5. maf586 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Blatche partying in south beach?! That will be exciting

  6. savvybynature - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    The Heat are planning to play Granger at the two guard spot?
    Sounds kinds crazy to me. They’d be better off bulking him up and turning him into a stretch 4 at this opint in his career.

  7. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Cavs bulls wizards raptors nets hawks hornets ( Knicks pacers and heat will be battling for 8th seed )

    • dablakdrphil - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM


      Hawks, Nets (I doubt D. Wills and Brook Lopez will remain healthy all year) Knicks and bobcats should be the ones battling for the 7th or 8th seed. Miami should be battling trying to be the 4th seed for Homecourt in the 1st round but I can see them being the 5th seed against TOR or WASH

  8. rajbais - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    another big?? Andray Blatche is available.

  9. cantonbound13 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    LeBron is doing a better job than Riley in acquiring talent.

  10. genericcommenter - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    This is why Jason Collins was still able to get a job last year.

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