Pat Riley, Miami Heat Plan To Add Veteran Depth Around the Super Trio

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 14, 2010

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28:    Head coach Pat Riley of the Miami Heat gestures during the game with the Los Angeles Lakers on February 28, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 106-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After LeBron, Wade, and Bosh verbally committed to the Miami Heat numerous questions came about regarding to just how Pat Riley would fill up the remaining spots on the teams seemingly empty roster.

Many speculated that the team wouldn't have enough dough to throw around, forcing Miami to either sign players to minimum contracts or the veteran minimum (and their three rookies to rookie-scale contracts).

But with each member of the newly assembled trio taking $2 million less per year and Udonis Haslem opting to take less money (five-year, $20 million contract) just to remain with his hometown team, the Miami Heat have been able to ink Mike Miller to a five-year, $30 million deal, leaving the organization with roughly $5 million to spend on other veterans.

Yesterday Miami and the veteran 7'3" center Zydrunas Ilgauskas agreed to an undisclosed deal in which Big Z will receive the veterans minimum.

Miami now has seven players on their roster (with three rookies that will most likely be signed).

Veterans Jerry Stackhouse and Juwan Howard have expressed interest in joining the exuberant squad and from the looks of things Howard will be signed within the next few days (with Stackhouse to shortly follow).

But will the recruitment of aging veterans be enough to help the Miami Heat win a championship?

Can Big Z and possibly the re-signing of Joel Anthony be enough to help eliminate the likes of Orlando's Dwight Howard and Boston's Kendrick Perkins?Bring on the debate.

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