5 Remaining Free Agents The Miami Heat Should Sign
5 Remaining Free Agents the Miami Heat Should Sign
After back to back championships it might seem hard for the Miami Heat to improve, especially after having a remarkable 27-game winning streak just a few short months ago. However, they still have a few areas that are weaknesses. The amnestying of knockdown shooting guard Mike Miller has left a hole in the Heat's roster. They now have one less player to help stretch the floor for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
That's not the biggest of their problems, however. Last season, the Heat finished dead last in the league in rebounding. Getting beaten on the boards on a consistent basis is not usually a recipe for winning. If they want to 3-peat they will have to fix this issue. Especially with the great moves the Brooklyn Nets have made this offseason. The additions of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko have made the Nets title contenders. Many are picking them as the Heat's biggest threat in the Eastern Conference. But let's not forget about the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. Both gave the Heat a run for their money, and they each have stars returning next season. These stars of course are Danny Granger and Derrick Rose, respectively.
In order for the Heat to make history and win back-to-back-to-back championships, they will need to make a few signings to strengthen their weaknesses. Here is a list of five players who could help the Heat get back to the NBA Finals and win once again.
No. 5: Greg Oden
Recently, former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden has announced he will make a comeback into the NBA. Since being the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden has played in only 82 games due to injuries. This obviously means that if any team is to sign him, they should be worried about his health and ability to stay on the court. Despite his inability to stay healthy, Oden has had a somewhat productive career in games he was able to play. For his career he has averaged 9.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG in just over 22 minutes apergame. Erik Spoelstra would love to bring productivity like that off his bench.
No. 4: Daequan Cook
With the departure of Miller, the Heat need to replace him with another knockdown three-point shooter. Daequan Cook would be a perfect fit. He previously played with the organization for three seasons from 2007-09. After spending last season splitting time between the Bulls and Houston Rockets, Cook is looking for a place where he can settle. Ray Allen is another year older this upcoming season, and he might not be able to play the same amount of minutes as he had last year. So adding Cook would only make sense. If he could nail a three-pointer or two off the bench each game, that is just what the Heat need.
No. 3: Lamar Odom
Since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 2010 season, Lamar Odom has been nothing close to the sixth man of the year that he once was. Last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, he was only able to score four points per game with 5.9 rebounds per game in slightly less than 20 minutes per game. Still, the lengthy 6-foot-10 forward has lots to give. If Odom can come off the bench and provide six to seven rebounds per game, he could help the Heat fix their problems on the boards.
No. 2: Ronnie Brewer
Ronnie Brewer is a free-agent dark horse. You might ask yourself why the Heat would want to add a small forward because that is the position that James plays. Well, over the last couple of seasons we have seen James play more power forward than ever before. That means there is more minutes available for other players. The team seemed to phase Shane Battier out of the rotation for the majority of the playoffs. Brewer is much the same type of player as Battier, aside from a slightly less efficient three-point shooter. Brewer could fit well in the Spoelstra's and Pat Riley's system.
No. 1: Antawn Jamison
Antawn Jamison spent last season trying to win a championship with the Lakers. Let's just say he was unsuccessful in his attempt. Jamison is exactly the type of player the Heat could use. He can stretch the floor and hit the jump shot, he can board sufficiently, and he knows how to play his roll. With a trio of star players already, the Heat need players that are fine with being a role player and meeting their team's needs game after game. And let's face it, Jamison still wants that ring.