The Miami Heat wasted little time in securing the long-term future of starting point guard Goran Dragic yesterday, tying the Slovenian down to a five-year, $80 million deal.
With Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier still around to step in for Dragic when required next season the South Florida franchise appear set in the point guard position.
So reports today suggesting that yet another point guard could be arriving in Miami in the coming days will have a few Heat fans scratching their heads trying to figure out the team's long-term plan.
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According to David Aldridge of NBA.com J.J. Barea, most recently of the Dallas Mavericks, is looking likely to arrive at American Airlines Arena:
Considering the calibre of the three point guards already in Miami as things stand the addition of the veteran Puerto Rican doesn't quite add up.
One in one out?
With the Heat unlikely to carry four players in the same spot moving into the 2015-16 season - and with cap space a balancing act right now considering Dwyane Wade's likely demands - the Barea speculation suggests that either Chalmers or Napier could be heading for the exit door.
Both players are coming off disappointing campaigns for the Miami Heat. Chalmers, part of the roster since 2008, has failed to hit his 2013 Finals heights whilst Napier saw his rookie year cut short in April due to injury.
With Chalmers on more money, and with the Cavaliers reportedly interested, his departure would be more likely in order to give the franchise more to play with when negotiating with Wade over his new deal.
If Barea does opt to sign with the Miami Heat, as seems likely now, the general consensus is that it will be for around $3 million per season.
A diminutive point guard who is known to Heat fans for his role in the Mavericks' 2011 Finals victory over Miami, Barea would add useful experience of the bench and has proven down the years he has the ability to shoot the ball - even if his numbers have declined in recent seasons.
Heat fans: Would this be a good move, and who should leave to make room? Have your say in the comments section below...
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