Pat Riley admitted that ‘whale’ he’s always fishing for in free agency may not be out there going forward so it will take more creativity to find the player or players the Miami Heat need to become a championship contender.
Remaking that roster will be a challenge, which leads us to one of our question for today’s mailbag.
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@MResto6: What would you consider a successful offseason for the Heat in terms of roster moves?
So many ways this could happen but the most obvious is bringing back the key pieces to a team that had the second record in the league the final three months of the season and add another rotation player or possibly two. That would mean re-signing Dion Waiters and James Johnson, possibly picking up the team option on Wayne Ellington, hitting on the first-round pick and a low-priced free agent.
But Riley is looking for more than hoping to be a fourth or fifth seed. I believe he still will attempt to land another foundational player to go along with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic, try to keep someone like Johnson and add a solid veteran at a lower cap number, kind of the way he added Johnson and Waiters last season for a combined $7 million.
Who is that player? If it’s through free agency possibly Gordon Hayward or even Blake Griffin. If it’s a trade maybe figure a way to lure Paul George from Indiana or Jimmy Butler from Chicago. But adding any of those names could put the Heat in much better position to challenge the top two or three teams in the East.
@rzapataluyanda: Do you see the possibility of the Heat looking to sign JJ Redick? I think would be a nice fit with Dragic & Whiteside.
I’m not thrilled with the idea of spending $12-$14 million a year on Redick to be the starting shooting guard and I am guessing Redick is down the Heat’s shopping list and certainly behind Waiters.
Redick averaged 15.0 points per game on .445 shooting, including .415 on 3-pointers. The Heat have a similar player in Wayne Ellington in which the team has the option to keep at $6 million, which could be half of what Redick might command.
Ellington averaged 10.5 points in four fewer minutes. Their 36 minute stats: Redick 19.2 points per game, Ellington 15.6. Granted, Redick is a better shooter (Ellington shot 41.6 percent overall, 37.8 on threes) but is he worth twice the price?