With the NBA waiver/playoff eligibility deadline less than a week away, teams across the league have many different agendas in terms of financial strategy. Some will waive deadweight, negotiate buyout deals, and free up cap space for 2014 free agency, while others will feed off the scraps like vultures, hoping to find a tasty tidbit in rotting heap pile of new free agents.
Amongst the vultures is the king bird, the mac-daddy of the scavengers, the Miami Heat. The two-time defending champs have become known for their ability to take leftovers and make it look like a five-star meal. Team President Pat Riley has seen great success for taking risks on players, such as Chris Andersen and Michael Beasley; not to mention Riley’s collection of deteriorating vetetrans.
Well, once again Miami is in the market for a late-season signing. They recently shipped off Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings, in a move that only freed a roster space for the Heat. The move suggests that Riley wants to sign one of the many new free agents that will/should become available this week. As for the names, rumor has it that some attractive players will be up for grabs.
One of those players might just be Ben Gordon. The unhappy veteran is rumored to be in buyout negotiations with the Charlotte Bobcats and should become a free agent fairly soon. Miami has discussed finding an adequate backup for Dwyane Wade and Gordon seems to fit that description. Even though he has had a down year due to some disagreement with the Bobcats, Gordon averages 15.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists for his career. He is a proven shooter, with similarities to Ray Allen.
Now, why wouldn’t Allen work as Wade’s backup? Well, because Allen is approaching 40 years old and Gordon is only 30. It also might be nice to have a bit more insurance in the backcourt, in case an injury occurs. There are also rumors that Danny Granger is it buyout talks with the Philadelphia 76ers. I personally think Granger would be a better signing because of his size, but it may come down to money.
Six days may not seem like a lot of time, but for the general managers, presidents and owners of the league’s teams, it is an eternity. We saw a flurry of deals before the trade deadline and I would expect much of the same for the waiver deadline. I would also expect Miami and Riley to make a big splash, as long as the right players are on the market.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantNBA, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.