Miami Heat: 5 Veteran Point Guards Who Should Take Their Talents to South Beach
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Now that the Miami Heat are the reigning NBA Champions, there should be plenty of players this offseason who will be interested in packing their bags for South Beach.
While interest will be aplenty in almost all positions, the Heat could definitely use some veteran leadership at the point guard spot to complement their big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The current starting point guard, Mario Chalmers, is somewhat of a little brother for the other starters on the Heat, as he is often chastised for his mistakes on the court.
With that being said, here are five possible veteran point guards who should consider taking their talents to South Beach.
5. Kirk Hinrich
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Captain Kirk has been battling injuries for the past few seasons, but that doesn't mean he still can't produce.
While he's not exactly a monster on the stat sheet, Hinrich is still a decent point guard whom Miami can afford. He shoots the ball pretty well from the perimeter, and he could be suited for either a starting spot or even off of the bench.
Hinrich has never been considered a passing guru by any standards, but he might be able to rack up some assists and make more plays when his teammates are LeBron, Wade and Bosh instead of Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams.
Hinrich should be able to generate interest from other teams, but if Miami takes a look at him, he should certainly make them his number one priority.
4. Chauncey Billups
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Though he seems happy to be in LA with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Big Shot Billups is now an unrestricted free agent, so he should at least explore his options.
One thing to consider is that Billups could be chasing another ring after only getting one out of a successful string of seasons in Detroit.
Though he is coming off a torn Achilles tendon from last season, Billups could become the instant starting point guard for the Heat over Chalmers.
An appealing part for Billups on the Heat's side of the table is that he is a proven clutch player that can get it done in crunch time, so if LeBron James is looking to pass out of big moments, he has more options.
3. Jason Kidd
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Jason Kidd has certainly slowed down a bit in his playing career, but he can still show flashes of his younger self with his veteran savvy and playmaking ability on the court.
He is a great point guard to facilitate the three stars in Miami, and I'm sure he wouldn't mind the chance of adding another ring to his collection.
The Heat don't need another scorer on the court, which is why Kidd's pass-first playing style would fit in nicely to their loaded starting lineup.
2. Andre Miller
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Miller certainly didn't look like a 36-year-old player in his playoff series against the Lakers this past season.
He lead a young Nuggets team that pushed the Lakers all the way to seven games in the first round of the playoffs and did so with veteran poise.
Though he's not the dynamic scorer that he once was in his heyday, Miller showed in the playoffs that he can still play productively.
If he was to be on a Miami team with other veteran players, Miller could thrive on their shared experience and would certainly enjoy the thought of being in the second round of the playoffs at the very least, something he has yet to accomplish in his career.
Miami could most likely afford Miller, and his years of experience and sage wisdom could be a great asset to the reigning champs.
1. Steve Nash
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If you are talking about free agent veteran point guards, you can't leave out the two-time MVP Steve Nash.
Nash has made it clear that he wants to go to a winning team with a chance for his first NBA title. What better place for Nash to compete than South Beach?
He is a great team player known for making players around him better and is a prolific passer and playmaker. Nash is going to be heavily pursued by just about every team in need of a point guard, and the Heat should be no different.
Though he is already 37 years old, Nash has seemingly found a fountain of youth at this stage in his career, as he averaged a solid 12.5 points per game to go with 10.7 assists. He also shot a career high 53.2 percent from the field.
Teams will be willing to throw a good amount of money into a multi-year contract for Nash. However, with the team the Heat already has on its roster, Nash should be hard-pressed to find a better offer than Miami's.