The Miami Heat has created an identity based around what is termed “small ball” - the use of smaller, quicker, more athletic players. Now that many key players have aged the Heat are not athletic enough to defend bigger players and cannot make up for the deficiency on the offensive end of the court.
To mend this weakness the Miami Heat are likely to revamp most of their roster. One method to improve the weakness is to sign several free agent forwards.
This year’s free agent class has several veteran forwards who will be looking for contenders to sign with. Most notably, Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers. Pau can likely be swayed to joining the Heat for the veteran’s minimum, about $2 million a year. The Spanish star, like Bosh will spread the opponents’ bigs creating space for Lebron James and other slashers to penetrate and get to the rim.
Another veteran who the Heat should pursue is either Thabo Sefolosha from Oklahoma City Thunder or Kris Humphries from the Boston Celtics. Either player would be a rebounding force, one the Heat has needed for a long time. Either player would likely sign for the Heat’s $3.2 million midlevel exception.
Now for the big fish; the Miami Heat has already been implicated in possibly signing Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is one of the league’s premier shooters and is an above average rebounder. Carmelo would pick up the offensive slack of an aging Dwyane Wade and provide the heat some much needed rebounding consistency.
The addition of these 4 forwards with the return of Birdman (Chris Anderson), Chris Bosh and Lebron James would give the Heat the most talented forward collection in the league and a substantial advantage over any “small ball” team in the league.
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