One of the most glaring holes in the Miami Heat roster is point guard and shooting guard. The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs made the weakness glaringly apparent when they used smaller lineups in the finals.
Good for the Heat there are several quality guards hitting free agency this year. The marque guard in this year’s free agency is Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns. Bledsoe is likely going to command a maximum contract which limits the Heats interest.
Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry is the second most talented. Some writers say he is primed to jump to a contender like the Heat. The dilemma with that assessment is Lowry is reportedly seeking upwards of $10 million a year, a sum the Heat would not provide.
Because there is such a glut of quality guards in this year’s free agency the Heat could find many very good guards in the 4 to 6 million dollar range.
The best option in the 4 to 6 million dollar range for the Heat is Avery Bradley of the Celtics. Bradley has shown enough ball handling and scoring ability to not be an offensive liability while being, at times, a lockdown defender. Grabbing Bradley would upgrade the Heat’s lacking guard defense but push the some of the offensive burden to the Big 3.
Another great option in the 4 to 6 million dollar range is a play who just finished scorching the Heat, San Antonio Spurs point guard Patrick “Patty” Mills. Mills has shown he can hit open threes and can operate a championship quality offensive system. Mills will likely command less money than Bradley, he could be a steal at $4 million a year.
The last guard the Miami Heat should sign is the one who finished the season on the team, Ray Allen. In the press conference after the finals lost Ray seemed to favor retirement to playing another year. If the Heat could convince Allen to play another year, even if that means paying him more than the veteran’s minimum, they can focus on signing defense minded players.
One thing is certain, for Miami to compete for another championship they must upgrade their guards.
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