2016 NBA free agents: Al Jefferson could be Heat’s Plan B

Al Jefferson has hurt the Heat for years. Now he could join them. (Getty Images)
Al Jefferson has hurt the Heat for years. Now he could join them. (Getty Images)

Hassan Whiteside’s upcoming free agency is unpredictable, and the Heat can’t possibly know if they’ll be able to bring him back. That’s the goal, Pat Riley says, but other teams are going to hit Whiteside with enticing offers as soon as he becomes available July 1.
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2016 NBA free agents: Top 5 destinations for Hassan Whiteside

If Hassan Whiteside leaves Miami, at least a dozen teams will be interested in signing him. (Getty Images)
If Hassan Whiteside leaves Miami, at least a dozen teams will be interested in signing him. (Getty Images)

The Heat are calling Hassan Whiteside their No. 1 priority in free agency, which starts at the end of the month, but there is no guarantee they’ll be able to re-sign him.

If Whiteside’s asking price is too high or Miami conceives a different free agency plan based on bringing in someone of Kevin Durant’s caliber, Whiteside might be moving on. Here are the five best options for him if he leaves the Heat:
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Five free agents who can improve Miami Heat’s 3-point shooting

Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against the Golden State Warriors in the first quater in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against the Golden State Warriors in the first quater in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

It’s not a coincidence that the two teams – Cleveland and Golden State — that made the most 3-point shots this season are facing off in the 2016 Finals. The NBA has evolved into a league that values the 3-point shot more than ever.

The Heat have some catching up to do in that department, though. Miami finished last season ranked 27th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage at 33.6 percent.

How can the Heat improve their 3-point shooting this offseason? Here are five players set to become free agents in July who can help Miami. Continue reading “Five free agents who can improve Miami Heat’s 3-point shooting”

2016 NBA free agency: Should the Heat look to sign center Joakim Noah?

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) defends during the second half at American Airlines Arena. (Photo from Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY)
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) defends during the second half at American Airlines Arena. (Photo from Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY)

The Heat are very familiar with Bulls center Joakim Noah’s skill set.

Noah has averaged 9.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in 23 games against Miami over his career. But is it now time for the Heat to bring Noah to their side? Continue reading “2016 NBA free agency: Should the Heat look to sign center Joakim Noah?”

2016 NBA free agency: Where will Luol Deng sign?

Would Luol Deng gamble on the up and coming Timberwolves? (Getty Images)
Would Luol Deng gamble on the up and coming Timberwolves? (Getty Images)

It’s hard to predict much about the Heat’s free agency endeavor considering no one knows what Kevin Durant will do and they have complicated situations trying to retain Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade.

Luol Deng looks like he might be more of a contingency than a priority in Miami’s plan, despite him saying his preference is to return and Pat Riley calling him “one of our core people.” If that doesn’t work out, here are the top four destinations for Deng:
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Video: Could LeBron James come back to Miami if Cavs win the title?

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Now that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals, would LeBron James consider returning to Miami if the Cavs win the championship?

Check out the video above.

And would you as a Heat fan welcome him back? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook.

2016 NBA free agents: No guarantee Udonis Haslem returns to Heat

Has Udonis Haslem reached the end of his time in Miami? (Getty Images)
Has Udonis Haslem reached the end of his time in Miami? (Getty Images)

There are few things harder to imagine in Heat world than Udonis Haslem not being on this team. That day might come in a matter of months.

While Haslem wants to play his entire career in Miami, he has received no assurances of that. After 13 years with the franchise, he was uncertain when asked if he will be re-signed this summer.
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2016 free agents Deng, Stoudemire, Johnson unsure of return to Heat

Getting Luol Deng back could be tough for the Heat. (Getty Images)
Getting Luol Deng back could be tough for the Heat. (Getty Images)

The Heat have a bunch of players who might not be back next year, and these are three of the most uncertain ones: Luol Deng, Amar’e Stoudemire and Joe Johnson.
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Hassan Whiteside’s knee injury could derail Heat, free agency

The Heat don't yet know whether Whiteside's knee injury has ended his season. (Getty Images)
The Heat don’t yet know whether Whiteside’s knee injury has ended his season. (Getty Images)

One of the few things — maybe the only thing — that can obstruct Hassan Whiteside from a massive payday this summer is a major injury.

Whiteside’s free agency dreams and the Heat’s chance in this second-round playoff series against Toronto might have taken a big hit Saturday when he hurt his right knee early in Game 3. He was already playing with a strain in that knee and he twisted it badly on this play:
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Q&A: Hassan Whiteside says he trained ‘like Rocky’

Hassan Whiteside is on the brink of cashing in after pulling together an impressive season for the Miami Heat. (Getty Images)
Hassan Whiteside is on the brink of cashing in after pulling together an impressive season for the Miami Heat. (Getty Images)

The Hassan Whiteside YMCA-to-NBA story hasn’t gotten old yet, and he continues to climb higher than anybody but believed was possible. He has turned into one of the Heat’s best players and is set to collect a massive payday in a few months.

Coming off his career-high 27 points against Brooklyn, here’s an interview with Miami’s Defensive Player of the Year candidate:
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