2011 NBA Free Agents: 6 Players the Miami Heat Should Target
Following a blockbuster 2010 summer that saw the Miami Heat snatch up stars by the name of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Pat Riley and the rest of the front office find themselves in need of adding some pieces.
Despite reaching the NBA Finals in just their first season together, the vaunted trio was in obvious need of a more potent supporting cast, and you can bet Riley believes the same.
The rehabilitation of key role players Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem, who are both coming off season-long injuries, will prove vital to the 2011-12 team's success. However, so will the addition of some veteran puzzle pieces.
Here are six realistic possibilities the Heat should target this offseason.
Sure, the nearly 33-year-old shooting guard has played just 28 games over the past two seasons.
Sure, he has shot a career-low from beyond the arc, an area he is supposed to shine from over the course of those years.
But Michael Redd is still Michael Redd. No, he's not the sharpshooter who dazzled us all in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Must I add that some of the other key pieces to that gold medal squad are currently wearing Heat colors?
However, for a career shooter looking to resurrect his career—or at least finish it with a bang—what better place to supplant yourself?
Redd's immobility would be a relative non-issue coming off the bench for the Heat, as he would be a lefty, more effective James Jones.
The veteran minimum should get him signed.
What do you know? We have another former Olympian teammate of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Tayshaun Prince brings an element to the game of basketball matched by very few. Despite the extensive tread on his tires, Prince still shows up on the defensive end of the floor every night.
The lanky 6'9" forward would be an ideal complement to James and Bosh on the defensive end. Erik Spoelstra would have a field day drawing up complex schemes utilizing the versatility and athleticism of the trio of forwards.
I guess his 14 or so points on 47 percent shooting wouldn't be too shabby either.
It's nice to dream, isn't it?
Given his superb performance in the NBA Finals and throughout the 2010-11 season it would be difficult to imagine the Dallas Mavericks allowing Tyson Chandler to walk away.
But should he slip from Mark Cuban's greasy fingers I doubt Pat Riley would have much trouble setting up a meeting with the rim-protecting machine.
Talk about a team of playground All-Stars. It will be difficult for the Mavericks to re-sign both Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea given their potential negotiating power.
Unfortunately, the Heat lack the money to spend on an up-and-coming, top-flight point guard.
It would be fun to see Barea and the Heatles in action, though. Barea reminds me of that kid who gets picked last during pick-up games and then torches the other team just to spite them.
Imagine how he would feel when he realizes he's on the most villainized team in the history of sports. Scary.
A name that doesn't rate to high on the sexy-meter, T.J. Ford finds himself in search of a team that will give him the opportunity to vie for a starting spot.
Despite a qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers, the Heat will be looking for some value at the point guard position and Ford could provide some veteran depth.
Ford has the talent to push Chalmers or any other suitors and at the very least will provide sufficient ball skills and defensive intensity off the bench.
I can hear you laughing now. Try to control it for a second while I explain this choice.
Jeff Foster may not bring a lot to the table in terms of talent, athleticism or looks. But, what the 6'11", 12-year veteran does bring is a nasty attitude the Heat could use.
Did you see the tenacity he played with in the playoff series against the Chicago Bulls? It thoroughly impressed me and given the fact he picked up just $6 million last year, there is no reason Riley can't convince him to join the Heat for half that.
What he wouldn't being to the stat sheet he would bring to the win column.