5 Players The Miami Heat Should Sign Before Waiver Deadline
Some Last Minute Changes
Now that the NBA All-Star Game and weekend competitions are a part of forgettable history, we can turn our attention to more important matters, like the looming trade and waiver deadlines. Teams and general managers have until the afternoon of Feb. 20 to complete any trades. Not many trades have been executed thus far this season, but with rumors filling up the airways we should expect this week to be a bit busy.
After the trade deadline, teams than have roughly a week and a half to waive any bad contracts or disgruntled players. Teams must also sign any free agents before the Mar. 1 deadline if the player wants to be eligible for the postseason.
With roughly two weeks for transactions to take place the final push to the playoffs is set to begin, and you can bet the phones, emails and text messages will be nonstop. GMs will be in search of that one missing piece that their franchise needs. Amongst those GMs and team presidents will be Pat Riley.
The mastermind behind the “Big 3” and the Miami Heat has been known to make some late season changes to the roster. Last season Riley signed Chris Andersen, who became a crucial role player in the 2013 championship run. Once again, Riley appears to be interested in what is available on the market.
Rumor has it that the Los Angeles Lakers want to waive grumpy Chris Kaman who has been publicly frustrated with the team and coach Mike D’Antoni. The rumor goes that once Kaman is waived Miami wants to scoop him up. There is also the rumor that the champs are interested in Charlie Villanueva, but that might be a bit more of a long shot.
Kaman is only one of a handful of possible players the Heat could obtain, and if you look through the current free agent pool, there are some notable names that Miami could get for dirt-cheap. I would love to be a fly on the wall in either Riley’s office or the conference room, but since we can’t listen in behind closed doors, I will make some suggestions. Here are five players the Heat should think about signing.
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5. Marcus Camby
If anyone is going to take a risk on a 39-year-old Marcus Camby, it's Pat Riley. After all, the guy has taken a risk with Michael Beasley, Greg Oden and Andersen. So far, all three have proven to be successes (knock on wood). I’ll admit that Camby is a bit of a stretch and he is currently still rehabbing an injury.
The center is interested in making an NBA comeback, but his usefulness is uncertain, especially considering his age and injuries. The reason I wouldn’t mind Riley taking on chance on Camby is because he will play for next to nothing and he will rebound the basketball. Miami needs a true rebounder, someone whose only job is to grab broads. Camby could be that guy since he averaged 9.8 rebounds for his career and has been a double-double player for most of it.
Of course age is the factor here, and 39 years is a lot of wear and tear. I highly doubt that Riley and the Heat will sign Camby, but he’s out there and is a better option than many others.
4. Daniel Gibson
There have been rumors that Daniel Gibson is/has/will retire from the NBA. Well, that isn’t actually the case for the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard, who has hit a recent bad stretch of injuries. Gibson fully intends to play in the Association again, but it is a question of who he will play for.
Having played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, Gibson might not be a bad fit in South Beach. Known for his ability to shoot the deep ball, Gibson would add another scoring threat and help spread the floor. My problem with Gibson is that he is a one-dimensional player, but that is fine when you are James’ teammate. Not that Miami really needs another guard, but Gibson is young and available for cheap. It might be smart to put a little youth behind the ever aging Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen.
3. Richard Hamilton
Herein lies a very interesting player in Richard Hamilton. At the ripe-old age of 36, Hamilton currently resides on the free agency market and could be a steal for any team that picks him up. This could be a great addition for the Heat since Hamilton loves to catch and shoot. That is a perfect fit with James and Wade who both need the ball in order to make plays.
Hamilton doesn’t need the ball to make plays but instead runs around like a mad man until he is open for the shot. He is very similar to Allen but is more of a mid-range shooter. Miami should take a long and hard look at Hamilton, because he could be a solid addition as long as his age cooperates.
2. Josh Howard
Believe it or not, Josh Howard currently plays in the NBA Development League for about $25,000 a season. Seems that Howard is a bit removed from his heyday with the Dallas Mavericks, but he is determined to make it back to the spotlight.
Some of you might be a bit surprised by Howard’s demise, but between his open talk about marijuana and an ACL injury, it is easy to see how he has fallen so far. All things aside, that was the past and Howard has never been known as a trouble maker. At the age of 33, he can still provide a team with adequate play. Who knows, he might even still be able to produce some big numbers.
That being said, Riley and the Heat should seriously consider Howard. He is a larger small forward who is relatively young compared to some of the names on the Miami roster. Howard can provide a scoring threat as well as another rebounder for the team. And, once again, the Heat can get him for next to nothing.
1. Chris Kaman
This could be the golden deal, for not only Miami, but also for Chris Kaman. The disgruntled big man has expressed his lack of patience with the Lakers, and it is believed that the team is ready to waive him before the Mar. 1 deadline. Amongst the first teams ready to pounce is the Heat.
Obviously this is the best scenario for Miami. Kaman is a consistent center/power forward whose only game is the low post. Unlike Bosh, Kaman will get down and dirty in the paint. That is exactly what the Heat need -- someone who will be the garbage man and knock heads in the frontcourt.
Of course money might come down to being an issue. Kaman is only 31-years-old and is having a strong season, averaging around 10 points and six rebounds. He might want to go after a bit more than Miami will be willing to offer, but the opportunity to play alongside James and win a championship only comes around once in a lifetime. Kaman may just be the piece that guides the Heat to a third consecutive championship.
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