There’s no doubt that the biggest concern in NBA Free Agency for the Miami Heat is getting back their core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. As the three stars mull their decision, though, the Heat are faced with the task of using limited cap-room to try and build a roster that the Big Three deem suitable to help them compete for another NBA Championship.
While the Heat missed out on free agent point guard Kyle Lowry who re-signed with the Toronto Raptors and found out that small forward Luol Deng wouldn’t take a pay-cut to sign with the Heat, they haven’t stopped searching for quality pieces. One of those players they’re looking to add in an attempt to entice LeBron and company is veteran Caron Butler, per a report from Sam Amick of USA Today.
Butler tried to keep his head above water through the first half of the season as a member of the drowning Milwaukee Bucks. The 34-year-old was simply asked to do too much with too little help with the Bucks and his performance reflected that. When he was acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder, though, he became a big offensive weapon on the perimeter for them and a key part of their rotation.
When surrounded by a number of stars like he would possibly be in Miami, Butler can still contribute at a high level. He shot 44.1 percent from three with the Thunder in 22 games last season and could fill the void left by likely departing veterans Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, as well as the retiring Shane Battier, for the Heat.
It’s not hard to imagine Butler being a solid contributor if he were flanked by the Heat’s Big Three, he also doesn’t seem like enough of an impact player to make any leeway in luring James, Wade, and Bosh back to South Beach. Considering the role he’d be playing, it feels a lot like a lateral move for the Heat in the sense that there’s no real improvement. Since that’s what LeBron is asking the Heat for, that’s an issue.
If the Heat can get Butler for cheap, then there’s no reason they shouldn’t sign him. However, that can’t be even close to the end of the moves they plan to make this summer. Butler could be a good and valuable piece for the Heat in the near future, but he alone is almost certainly not enough to convince LeBron, Wade, and Bosh to return.