2010 NBA Preseason: Miami Heat Should Sign Brandon Marshall, Upgrade To BIG Four

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2010

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 5: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos arrives at the Coors Light Super Bowl Bash at the Mansion on February 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat made more headlines than any other NBA team this offseason.  They pulled off a seemingly impossible series of transactions that landed them the first, second and fourth most efficient players in the league.  Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have joined forces to form a superteam that looks primed to tear through opponents throughout the 2010-2011 season.

What could this team possibly add to the mix that would make them truly unstoppable?  How about a 6'4", 230 pound shooting guard/enforcer named Brandon Marshall

Does the "big three" really need two other legitimate basketball players to start alongside them?  Probably not.  Spoelstra could slide Dwyane Wade over to point guard and start Marshall at shooting guard, resulting in this super-awesome lineup:


PG  Dwyane Wade6'4"
SGBrandon Marshall     6'4"
SFLebron James6'8"
PFChris Bosh6'10"    
CBig Z7'3"


Back in August Marshall said he would play in the NBA if the NFL experienced a lockout.  He didn't say he'd try, or that he plans to. He just said he would.  "My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the Heat—I'm serious,"  My question to Marshall is: Why wait?

You've already proven that you're an absolute beast on the football field.  Time to "take your talents" to the hardwood.  You're completely unproven as a basketball player on the national level, but you did letter in hoops three times in high school.

The Heat are pretty strapped for cash after landing James, Wade and Bosh.  So, you would have to accept a significant pay cut to play for the Heat.  I figure you'll get some of that back from endorsement contracts and appearances in advertisements, movies and rap videos as a member of the "big four".  Or the "four horsemen", "four leaf clover", "fourtunate four", "four x four".....