Shannon Brown, Reggie Williams and Tyler Johnson: Those are the three names Miami Heat fans are bound to look at with a frown in their brows — mainly because the team seems to be grasping at straws.
With the reliability of Dwyane Wade’s knees in question, everyone is looking towards Pat Riley and the rest of management to find adequate players to ease the pressure. The way they see it, a quality backup could do wonders for the former champs by not only reducing their star shooting guard’s minutes, but providing the proper insurance for the nights where his suits turn into his uniform.
The signing of a little instant offense would have come close to making the Heat complete. Unfortunately the Golden State Warriors took Leandro Barbosa’s career 12 PPG off the board on Thursday while Jordan Crawford holds out for presumably more than the veteran’s minimum, which is all Miami has to offer.
In return, fans are left with the uncertainty of pieces that some would say don’t quite fit. But the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman chooses to look at it in a different way:
“What matters in the NBA is the top eight. So it comes down to whether you believe a player added supplants one of: Chris Bosh, Josh McRoberts, Luol Deng, Dwyane Wade… Otherwise, what you want are specialists, players who do one thing well, whether it is 3-point shooting, rebounding or defending.”
Williams may give you a bit of the shooting, Brown the defense and Johnson likely will be in the D–League, which means the Wade protection may never come — at least not one dependable enough to supplement the team with Ray Allen-like scoring.