NBA Free Agency 2010: Top Remaining Targets for the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat are doing a great job in free agency, signing the top three guys availiable to form a "super team" on South Beach.
Still, every championship team needs role players, and they are doing their best to sign as many talented players as they can.
Reports are that they have already re-signed Udonis Haslem and have Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mike Miller signed as free agents, which is a great start in the role players category.
Still, the Heat have to keep improving their team through free agency. Here are some guys who could help the Big Three out.
Howard would be a good signing for the Heat because he would be a cheap, effective body off the bench.
He is used to playing a good 20 minutes per game and that is what he would bring to a stacked Miami Heat team, playing at power forward and center.
Playing for the Blazers last year, Howard averaged six points and 4.5 rebounds in 22 minutes per game. If he could bring that kind of production to South Beach, he would be a great signing at the minimum.
If it doesn't work out with Juwan Howard, Brad Miller could be a better veteran option, even though he would probably be more expensive.
Miller was a starter on the Chicago Bulls for the last year in a half and was a nice part of their playoff teams these last two seasons.
The seven-foot center averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 23 minutes per game last year, and would provide a nice body off the bench or possibly in a starting role (if Bosh plays at power forward).
It may seem far-fetched for Miami Heat fans for Shaq to reunite with D-Wade in the place where he won his fourth championship, but it is looking more and more likely with each passing day.
The 19-year veteran is probably looking for one last chance to be a champion and Miami is the hot destination for players with that goal.
Even though his offensive production has been declining dramatically in recent years, Shaq can still give you 12-15 points per game with fairly solid defense down low.
The Heat are still looking for a point guard to go with Mario Chalmers. I bet they would prefer a guy with some experience in deep postseason runs, so Jason Williams could be their guy.
The 34-year old has had a quiet back end of his career, most recently getting 21 minutes per game with the Orlando Magic last season. He has also spent time with the Heat during his career.
He had a key role on the 2009-2010 Magic team and is a guy that can handle the pressure of directing an offense, so the Heat should take a long, hard look at signing Williams to be their point guard again.
Nate Robinson isn't going to be a starting point guard on a championship type team, but as he showed on the Celtics last year, he can be a emotional and scoring spark coming off of the bench in key spots.
This move would only be made by the Heat if they are comfortable with Mario Chalmers turning into a legit starting point guard in the NBA, and I don't know if they feel that way.
Still, Robinson would be a good guy to have to keep the scoring pace up when one or two of the big three is off the court.
Ronnie Brewer is only 25 years old and may be a long shot to sign with the Heat, but Miami should at least give him a phone call.
Brewer can play starters minutes but wouldn't be required to on this Miami team, which could scare him away to a better starting opportunity.
Still, the Arkansas product can give anyone solid defense and scoring ability from the shooting guard or small forward position, and looks like he could be a fifth or sixth option on a very good team.
This 30-year old journey man spent last season with the Orlando Magic and continued to develop himself into a really nice role player.
Barnes was a part-time starter with the Magic last year, providing energy, rebounding, and defense to a team that needed it from their guards/forwards.
Last year may have been a career year for Barnes, playing in a career high 81 games (starting 58 of them), so he could cash in with a starting job somewhere else. But I have a feeling he wants to be on a very competitive team like the Heat.
This seems like the perfect fit.
Mason won't require too much of a financial commitment and probably isn't going to be looking for too much time off the bench, but he could be useful in giving LeBron and Wade a breather every once in a while.
Playing between 10 and 20 minutes would be in line with what Mason has done in his career so far, and he could bring a nice shooters touch off the bench when the Big Three need a rest.