It looks like the Miami Heat aren’t content with signing just Josh McRoberts away from the Charlotte Bobcats, because they have now set their sights on combo guard/forward Chris Douglas-Roberts. With the Heat’s roster still depleted in a few positions, the organization is looking to shore up the depth at shooting guard and small forward. These would be supplemental minutes behind Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Danny Granger in the rotation.
If Douglas-Roberts was willing to take a major pay cut in the form of signing a contract at the veteran’s minimum, he could finally play for a franchise that could realistically make it back to the NBA Finals. The 27-year-old swingman is a stellar perimeter defender, which is a characteristic the Heat could have used off the bench last season but rarely got from a depleted second unit. Douglas-Roberts has also steadily improved on offense, averaging 6.9 points on 44 percent shooting from the field and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc last season with the Bobcats.
Douglas-Roberts could be an extremely valuable player off the bench for the Heat next season, largely because he fits the profile for what Miami is looking to infuse into their roster with youth and athleticism. Douglas-Roberts’ three-point shooting ability will also blend quite nicely with the spread offense Coach Erik Spoelstra likes to utilize.
All of this comes down to whether Douglas-Roberts is willing to accept less money to play for a title contending team. Other teams will be after him offering larger contracts and even a more substantial role in the rotation, but the Heat have what not many other franchises in the NBA have — a championship pedigree. That could be the tipping point that lands Douglas-Roberts in Biscayne Bay.