In the 2014 NBA finals the Miami Heat were outscored by 70 points over five games. Miami had no answers for the San Antonio Spurs’ offense. Between a lack of size in the middle and speed at the perimeter the Heat were consistently a pass behind.
In this upcoming offseason Miami will have to solve their deficiencies if they hope to win the NBA title in 2015. The Heat’s big three are expected resign for below market value so the team can reload and put some talent around their superstars.
Much of Miami’s reloading will happen in free agency with many marque players hitting the open market. For Miami to be successful this offseason the organization must sign contributors in free agency while also make trades which improve the residual areas of weakness.
One of the most telling measurements of Miami’s offseason will be what they do with their second round pick, number 55. Since the Heat’s big three are in the twilight of their primes, the Heat will have to mortgage this year’s draft pick to acquire players who can mend holes in their roster.
An interesting trade option for the Heat’s second round pick is Toronto Raptors backup point guard Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez is long for his position, standing at 6’6” making him a capable defender of most guards, in the Heat’s defensive scheme. Vasquez is a good passer and would likely start for the Heat by the beginning of the season.
Another player Miami should consider trading a second round pick for is Sacramento King’s center-forward hybrid Jason Thompson. Thompson is a great athlete and versatile enough to play and guard either forward or center.
Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Quincy Pondexter is also a great option for a second round pick. What Pondexter lacks in offensive ability he makes up for in defensive skill. Pondexter’s defense off the bench in key situations would easily recoup the value of the 55th pick.
Jonas Jerebko of the Detroit Pistons would be another great target for Miami’s 55th pick. Jerebko is a good enough athlete with an incredible motor. He’s versatile enough to play both forward positions and would energize the defensive unit off the bench.
By taking a page from the Spurs’ playbook and picking up an international player, the Heat may find an under the radar talent. Kevin Seraphin of France plays for the Washington Wizards and has the youth and athleticism to create defensive and occasionally offensive mismatches. At 6’10” Seraphin is an accomplished player in European basketball leagues, winning the silver medal at the Under 20 European Championship in 2009 and the European Championship with the French National Team in 2011.
Demarre Carroll of the Atlanta Hawks possesses all the defensive skills and intangibles the Heat could ask for in exchange for a second round pick. Carroll is an athletic, good-enough sized forward with an unbelievable motor who plays dominating defense while lacking offensive productivity. If Miami can bring in Carmelo Anthony, Carroll would be an awesome accessory role player for the Heat’s stars.
What will Miami do with its second round pick? Time will tell. One thing is for certain, Miami should not use the pick to draft a player.