As the NBA buyout dominoes continue to fall, all eyes of the basketball world are slowly rotating to the waters of Biscayne Bay to see whom Pat Riley pulls into the fold.
Reports show that almost every agent is putting it out there that the Miami Heat are on the preferred destinations lists for their newly released clients. And they put it out there as if every scrub to marginal star does not want a shot at trying to secure a spot on a championship team, even if Riley never had them in mind.
However two names have been tied to the team — 30-year-old Danny Granger and 33-year-old Caron Butler. Both are currently working on buyouts from their respective teams, although Granger may choose to stay in Philadelphia and save his contractual rights to earn more money under the “Bird Exception.”
The question is would the Heat sign the small forward just to pry away secrets about the Indiana Pacers team that scorned him? Or is Granger out of luck after rubbing LeBron James the wrong with his tough-guy act in the 2012 playoffs?
Those reasons only may be enough to make Miami focus on bringing in Butler, whose contract buyout should be complete some time today. Plus it surely doesn’t hurt that has always expressed his affection for Riley, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and the organization that only parted ways with their 2002 draft pick to acquire the league’s best big man at the time (Shaquille O’Neal). And according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel the team feels the same way:
“I love Caron,” Haslem said. “It’d be great. He’s a great locker room guy. He’s a professional and a hard worker. It would be great to have an opportunity to play with him again.”
With that being said, the only awkward thing left to do is let Toney Douglas know that his services are no longer needed or break it to DeAndre Liggins that his 10-day vacation from Sioux Falls may end early.