If I'm Wade, how would I like my team to be built? Who would I want on it? Assuming Wade stays in Miami, what do we really need?
My team has been lacking in rebounding and interior presence. Insert Brendan Haywood. Let's say he takes a deal like Drew Gooden's: five years, $32 million...first year salary would be roughly $5.5 million. Miami still has $22 million in cap space.
Wade needs another shooter on his roster. Mike Miller can play the three and hit the long ball. Four years, $30 million. First-year salary: $6.5 million. Miami still has $15.5 million in cap space. Roster is five players: Chalmers, Wade, Miller, Beasley, Haywood.
Luke's a guy who can hit the three and play some D. Four years, $18 million (just a little more than Steve Blake). $4 million first year salary. Miami's cap space is $11 million.
I'd prefer Jermaine or Haslem; hopefully one would sign a three-year, $13 million deal(or a one-year deal). If not, either Brad Miller or Shaq may be willing. Only need this player to play about 20 minutes a game. Starting salary $4 million. Miami's cap space is $7 million.
Foye is a combo guard who would be Wade's ideal backup, but also could play alongside him. Sign for three years, $13 million. I doubt he'd take so little, but he may with the title runs this team could take. Miami's cap space: $3 million.
Carney's been playing on minimum contracts the last few years. He can be a piece to this puzzle for the veteran's minimum. $1 million. Cap space: $2 million.
Who are these four? Miami's second-round picks. All of whon will make the roster due to their salary: $474,000 (each). These four players round out Miami's roster.
Here's your roster Pat:
SF: Miller, Carney, Butler, Williams
PF: Beasley, Vernado
C: Haywood, Jermaine O'Neal, Pittman
Note: Jermaine would also backup Beasley (or start over him).