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Miami already has a decent group of players coming off the bench. Cole, Miller, Haslem and Battier showed their worth in the playoffs, quieting many naysayers who said the second unit was weak. However, they lack a true veteran leader. Battier and Haslem are battle-worn warriors, who do all the dirty work. Miller is currently recovering from a number of injuries and Cole is in just his second year in the NBA.
Adding Jason Terry to this mix would no doubt make the Heat almost unstoppable. He is a fantastic scorer—despite his 6’2” frame—and is one of the greatest three-point shooters the league has ever seen. He currently ranks fourth all-time in three-point field goals made; trailing Jason Kidd, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
The latter is also rumoured to be considering the Heat, but management needs to select the Jet over Allen. For my comparison and analysis of the two, click here.
Terry won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2009, and is perfectly suited for Miami’s offensive game. While possessing the ability to create his own shot, he can do so for others as well. Terry is truly a combo-guard, and receiving passes on the perimeter from James and Wade will be a luxury management will no doubt mention as an incentive to sign with Miami.
He averaged 15.1 points and 3.6 assists per game last season while coming off the bench for Dallas in 31.7 minutes per game. Not only will he provide expert scoring and shooting, but he is a renowned clutch shooter.
Adding another weapon to the Heat’s arsenal will only make them a more potent team to deal with down the stretch. Terry has said himself he would like to join the Miami Heat, obviously a good sign for the team. He should receive the full mini mid-level exception to join an already compelling roster.