Unfortunately when doubt begins to creep into a fan’s mind, so does panic. That’s the type of feeling that followers of the Miami Heat are starting to get as they watch their team’s top free-agent prospects come close to committing to other teams.
Marcin Gortat verbally agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal with the Washington Wizards, while Kyle Lowry is reportedly taking the next few days to mull over deals from the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. And the one thing that has become evident is rival organizations’ need to eliminate team options, overpay and offer extra years that the Heat cannot — all in an attempt to keep players from even getting into a room with mister persuasive, Pat Riley.
Thus leaving the former champs chasing an option that the South Beach Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman wouldn’t really consider a coup:
“… I’m not as high on Ariza for the Heat, at his price point, as others. Yes, there would be a defensive upgrade, but it’s not as if Ariza has been a stand-alone scorer.”
However Trevor Ariza may be the only person left who can provide a few things the organization needs, like someone who can save LeBron James from being overplayed and having to constantly guard the other team’s best scorer. He would also be the rare Miami player who could actually make something happen for himself off the dribble.
On the flip side, Ariza is not a rebounder or enough of a scorer to make up for Dwyane Wade’s absence when James is on the bench. In other words, things look slim for the Heat’s offseason success, because all the cap space in the world means nothing if they cannot sign quality players to solve their problems.