Miami Heat 2013 Off-season
The Miami Heat finished the 2012-2013 season as NBA Champions achieving the feat for the second consecutive year. With an amazing season in the books it is already time to start looking into next year and on to the future. The off-season begins with the NBA draft.
The Miami Heat did not have a first round pick, but they were able to pick up a second round pick in which they used to select an athletic wing player in James Ennis. Many fans must be thinking , what is the point of taking a player in the second round? Ennis is a young and athletic wing player in which the Heat can develop over time and can become a valuable role player in the future. With Wade (31), Allen (38), and Battier (34), the Heat have to start developing younger players to play on the wing in the future. Do not be surprised if Ennis spends this season in the D-League, or playing overseas in Europe.
Two positions of need for the Heat this off season are a scoring guard off the bench, and a big man to either start or come off the bench and add some size and rebounding. The Heat have recently resolved one of those problems by signing former #1 overall pick Greg Oden to a two year deal for the veteran minimum.
Greg Oden has had his career plagued by injuries and has only appeared in 82 games in his 6 year career as an NBA pro. He has suffered an absurd amount of knee injuries and seems to be in and out of surgeries and rehabs. Many people see Oden as one of the biggest busts despite the fact that he has never had a chance to really show the NBA what he can do. The Heat are taking a big chance signing Oden seeing as he has the potential of not even stepping foot on a court this season. If everything works out well for Oden injury wise look for him to revitalize his career in Miami as a solid role player as he will not have the pressure to be “The Man” as he formally had being the #1 overall pick.
The Heat still need to add another player to their roster weather it be a shooter/scorer on the wing, or a versatile big with some veteran experience. I am going to break down some available free agents that could possibly land in Miami.
Leandro Barbosa: Barbosa has made a name for himself in the NBA as one of the better bench scorers. Barbosa would make perfect sense for the Heat to add as he thrives in a fast pace offense and could play the point and the two guard position.
Daequan Cook: Cook, a former heat player, could be making his return to Miami. The moves would make sense for both parties as Cook has not developed into the starting shooting guard that the Heat once envisioned. The Heat will also be adding a dead eye shooter who can make an impact on the team in limited minutes. Cook could not replace the size and hustle of Miller but he can be just as effective stretching the floor for the Heat.
Antawan Jamison: Jamison is a versatile forward who can score the ball. Despite his age he has still shown flashes of being an effective scorer who can play the Small or Power Forward position. He could be a solid bench contributor for the Heat and add another veteran presence to the bench. It would make sense for Jamison to finally have a legit chance at a championship.
Lamar Odom: The ex Heat is another versatile forward who is available in free agency. Despite having two dismal years in Dallas and L.A. (Clippers) I feel like Odom could still make an impact for a team looking to make a run. Odom has always been a great rebounder and that is one area in which the Heat struggled last year. Adding a big with his versatility , size, and rebounding ability would make sense for the Heat.
Elliot Williams: This one is my “Wild Card” pick for the Heat. Williams is a former first round pick who never really developed in Portland. Even though Williams will most likely look for a team that he can get more playing time, or head overseas, Williams is a very athletic wing player who thrives in a fast pace offense. This is a kid who could really learn how to develop his perimeter game more from Wade as they both have a similar slashing style of play. It would be very interesting if the Heat would land a player like Williams.
Honorable Mentions: G Roger Mason Jr. , G Daniel “Booby” Gibson, G Keyon Dooling, G/F Sam Young, F Cory Meggatie