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A good portion of Miami’s success on the offensive end is predicated on from beyond the arc, with the Heat’s fluid ball movement creating open looks for sharp shooters like Ray Allen and Shane Battier.
And assuming Miami decides to amnesty Mike Miller this offseason, there’s a chance the Heat would be on the market for someone to step into his role.
Kyle Korver, who’s spent the last couple of years in Atlanta, might be an enticing name to some. He’s widely known as one of the best three-point shooters in the league, and only Detroit’s Jose Calderon had a better percentage from beyond the arc than Korver’s 45.7 percent this past season.
However, there are a couple of reasons why Miami should avoid adding Korver to its arsenal.
First of all, it’s no secret that Korver has struggled on the defensive end throughout his career. And while the Heat rely on creating offense through the three ball, defense lies at the foundation of the team’s culture.
Allen already is sometimes a liability, so adding an additional weak link on defense likely isn’t in the cards for the Heat this summer.
Plus, it should also be noted that Korver is 32 years old and made $5 million last year. Miami, who’s already up there in the age department, will likely be looking to get younger.
A more viable option might be someone like O.J. Mayo. The current Dallas Maverick could test free-agency waters if the team doesn’t elect to exercise his $4.2 million option.
Mayo is just 25 years old and has the potential to bolster Miami’s efforts on both ends of the floor.
However, for Mayo to be a legitimate option for the Heat, the Mavericks do have to exercise that team option, and he would likely have to agree to less money than he might make elsewhere.