Miami Heat: Why Ronny Turiaf Was a Terrible Acquisition for the Heatles to Make

Peter OwenCorrespondent IIApril 1, 2012

The Miami Heat attempted to address probably their biggest problem—a lack of height—at the trade deadline when they picked up veteran center Ronny Turiaf after he left the Washington Wizards.

Now, of course, Turiaf could turn out to be a fantastic pickup for the timing and money involved. He could provide the rebounding and tough interior presence to get the Heat past the Chicago Bulls' strength, their size and see them finally capture an NBA title.

On the flip side, Turiaf could be all wrong.

He is certainly an upgrade over Joel Anthony, and if he plays well it frees up Udonis Haslem to play power forward behind Chris Bosh some as well as playing center.

Turiaf has played very little this season having picked up a fairly serious hand injury.

That may prove to not be a problem.

On the other hand (no pun intended), the Heat took on Turiaf on the basis that not only does he provide much-needed height at the center position, but Turiaf is a decent passing big man and can knock down a handful of jump-shots, which is a truck load more than Joel "No Offense" Anthony, who had nothing but dunks.

If Turiaf's hand injury has any lasting concerns, then the Heat may have just picked up a contract and a player that can't do much for them. If the hand injury lingers and prevents Turiaf from being that good, passing big man, the Heat have made a bad call.

And, of course, there's the chance that Turiaf just might not be of the required standard. He's played quite a few years now, and might not have the ability to keep up with the likes of Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Joakim Noah.

There would be questions over his speed and durability in a regularly paced season, but in a shortened season with no team practice and more game-days than off-days in a week, Turiaf will face an uphill battle to be fit enough to be a worthwhile member of the Miami rotation.

Add to that a comeback from injury not yet complete and there are plenty of reasons for hesitancy before crowning this acquisition as the key piece in a Miami Heat NBA championship.

Not just that, but it really doesn't do much to help the Heat in the long term. Joel Anthony is old. Turiaf, as mentioned, is quite a few years into his prime. Juwan Howard is...Juwan Howard.

Haslem and Bosh are young stars approaching or in their prime.

See what's happening?

The Heat will need to have a look for another center this summer or next, starting the whole process again and likely spending even further into the luxury tax to do so.

As with everything in sports, only time will tell if this is the right move for the Miami Heat, and we will only find out when the curtain closes on the 2012 NBA playoffs, as for the Heat, the regular season doesn't matter.

It's championship or bust.