Here’s a familiar name the Heat might want to consider as they fill out their roster: Caron Butler.
Butler began his career with Miami as the No. 10 pick of the 2002 draft. He averaged 12.5 points and five assists per game before Pat Riley packaged him in a trade for Shaquille O’Neal in 2004.
Butler remains available and could be had on a minimum contract, though it’s unclear how much he has left at 36 years old. He was a quality contributor off the bench for Oklahoma City in 2014, but hasn’t done much since. He played 17 games for the Kings last year.
What’s the point of looking at Butler if the Heat are in a youth movement? They’re still intent on competing for a playoff berth this year and their depth at small forward is uncertain going into training camp. If Butler is still viable, training camp would be a good time for Miami to find that out, and he might be of service to the team later in the season if there’s an injury situation.
The Heat currently have 17 players on their roster and can carry as many as 20 until cutting it to 15 by opening night.