The Miami Heat‘s backcourt rotation still needs some serious work; there is no arguing this fact. Even with Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade returning to the rotation, the depth behind these two players is pretty ghastly. Pat Riley has done an admirable job this offseason in wake of LeBron James choosing to take his talents back to Cleveland, but adding quality depth to the backcourt has to now become the franchises No. 1 priority.
According to numerous sources around the league, the Heat have been linked to having serious interest in bringing Leandro Barbosa to Miami.
This would be a huge signing for the Heat’s backcourt depth because of what Barbosa can offer. In his 11-year stint in the NBA, he has averaged 11.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 46 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from the arc. Although these numbers might not be the most impressive, Barbosa’s ability to score in bunches is what makes him such an enticing free agent. The Heat bench will desperately need an offensive spark next season, and Barbosa could be that spark.
Riley will have to do a hell of a job convincing Barbosa to sign for the veteran’s minimum, as that’s all the Heat can currently offer, but his interest in Miami has already been reported by several sources around the league as well. The Heat can still contend in the Eastern Conference, despite having to eventually face the new super team in Cleveland led by James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, and Barbosa would receive prime minutes as a direct backup for Wade.
These are just some of the justifications Riley will use t0 convince Heat fans that signing Barbosa is the right choice.