By Jared Doyle @outofboundsjay on June 9, 2014
Even though the Miami Heat are playing in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals and chasing a third straight title, there is still plenty of work to be done this offseason whether they win a title or not. Addressing the role players and key starters outside of the Big Three is just the beginning. Here are five ways to fix the Miami Heat this offseason.
With Norris Cole returning next season due to his contract, the Miami Heat will be looking for a quality third string point guard to back up starter Mario Chalmers (whom the Heat will undoubtedly re-sign this offseason). The Toney Douglas experiment didn’t quite pan out this season, so bringing in a veteran guard might be the Heat’s best solution. Two free agents who come to mind this summer are Shaun Livingston or Ramon Sessions.
Although Oden didn’t contribute much this season, his size is a commodity in the NBA, and if the Miami Heat can manage to re-sign the still young 7-foot center at a minimum salary, it would be a smart move. There are still a select few teams in the league that can punish the Heat with a large frontcourt, so having a player of Oden’s size is a must, even if he can only contribute 10-15 minutes every other game.
The Michael Beasley experiment may not appear to have worked this season, but this was in large part due to the inconsistent minutes and lack of a true role with the Miami Heat. With Shane Battier set to retire this offseason, this could be the perfect opportunity for Beasley to carve a true role in the rotation during the offseason. The Heat should only re=sign Beasley if the price is cheap -- similar to the contract he received this season.
The Miami Heat’s 26th pick might not yield the best in terms of talent, but if the Heat can manage to pick up an aggressive, rebounding frontcourt player, it could really be a boost to a position the Heat haven’t always been the strongest at. Jarnell Strokes from Tennessee or Jerami Grant from Syracuse could be great options at backup power forward for the Heat due to both players largely being outstanding rebounders.
Since Shane Battier is retiring this offseason, the Heat will absolutely need to focus on signing a quality, defensive minded small forward this offseason to back up LeBron James. Trevor Ariza, Shaun Marion or even C.J. Miles (whom are all free agents this summer) would provide quality defense for the Heat at the backup small forward position.
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