The Miami Heat, in a fairly under-the-radar move, signed DeAndre Liggins to a 10-day contract yesterday, trying to add depth to the wing position. This has been something Miami has been discussing since the beginning of the season, especially with both Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade battling injuries (mostly due to age).
Although Miami signed Liggins, they have their sights set on a veteran wing player who is potentially about to be bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks: Caron Butler. If Butler becomes available via buyout, expect Miami to not only bring him onto the roster, but also expect the release of Liggins to clear that space as well.
Butler has had a topsy-turvy season with Milwaukee, averaging just 11 points and 4.6 rebounds on 38 percent shooting from the field, numbers that are all vastly down from his career averages. This is most likely a product of playing for the worst team in the NBA, but the good thing for Butler is that Miami doesn’t care about his production. If Miami signs Butler after his buyout release, it will be for one reason, and that is as an insurance policy.
With both Wade and Allen being so limited, having Butler as another option on the floor expands Miami’s arsenal even more. The Heat are typically looking for sharpshooters out of their wing players, and that is exactly what Butler is. This 12-year veteran is shooting 36 percent this season from beyond the arc, which is the third-highest shooting mark of his entire career.
Butler can still shoot the ball extremely well, and this would benefit Miami’s game plan because he can space the floor with his shot, which is extremely ideal for this squad.
Overall, this would be an ideal signing for Miami: a veteran player (who they can acquire for cheap) who can shoot the ball well, defend moderately, and won’t demand large amounts of playing time. A chance at winning a second championship should be more than enough for Butler at this point in his career.