MIAMI – The Miami Heat have a busy summer ahead. President Pat Riley, GM Andy Elisburg and others will be narrowing down the list of players to add to try to rebuild this team into a contender once again.
And part of process is figuring out who not to bring in, which leads us to one of our questions for this week’s mailbag.
We will be posting our mailbags more regularly and if you weren’t able to ask a question this week, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44).
@ChrisHypeTrain: Should the Heat go after Derrick Rose?
If this were the Derrick Rose of seven years ago, absolutely. Rose was a dynamic player, an MVP, and the best point guard in the league. But Rose’s career started declining amid a mountain of injuries and the Bulls shipped him to the Knicks. Now New York has to deal with a player that, although can show flashes as he did Wednesday against the Celtics, is nothing like his old self. Add to that his decision not to contact anybody in the organization when a family situation took him away from the team, leaving everyone wondering where he was, and the answer is – No. And especially not for the outrageous price tag of $150 million, which is what Rose is seeking.
Of course, what Rose is seeking and what he will get could be much different. But if I am Miami, why would you pay a player, though just 28 but who has dropped to the middle of the pack when it comes to point guards, $30 million a year when you have one that is performing at a higher level in Goran Dragic and is making half that much? And even if the Heat trade Dragic, a good chunk of the $55 million they would have to spend this summer will not go to Rose.
@DutchBeek: Do you think the Heat will go into a full rebuild?
I believe they already are. This team will look dramatically different next season. My guess is we will see, at the most, six players currently on the roster back for the 2017-18 season – the core four of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, along with a few others, most notably Rodney McGruder. Still, that does not rule out Riley making a blockbuster deal that could include one of those players.
But the Heat appear to be on a path in which the major rebuilding will come from the draft with a pick likely in the top 5 and free agency. Miami would like to add three impact players this summer, which should put them back in the playoff pack of the watered down Eastern Conference, and then perhaps add the superstar needed to make them a contender again in the next year.
@JonMolina_: What/who do you think the heat need to add to their roster to become a championship contending team?
Where do we start? The only thing Miami does not need is a center, and that is if Whiteside is not traded and it appears unlikely that he will be moved. But if Dragic is dealt, then we start with a point guard and that probably would come from the draft with either Washington’s Markelle Fultz, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball or NC State’s Dennis Smith. The Heat could use a nice hard-working, rebounding inside presence to help Whiteside with the dirty work. But foremost, they need help on the perimeter.
The Heat are second worst offensive team in the league, only above Dallas, the team it defeated Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena. They are the fifth-worst shooting team from the field and third-worst from behind the arc. And the best available player in free agency to fill that need likely will be Gordon Hayward. But to become a ‘contending team’ shooting is just the start. Miami needs help in a lot of areas.