2016 NBA free agents: Nic Batum fits Miami Heat needs

Nicolas Batum has many of the skills Miami needs, especially outside shooting. (Getty Images)
Nicolas Batum has many of the skills Miami needs, especially outside shooting. (Getty Images)

Few free agents in this summer’s class look like better pieces for the Heat than Nicolas Batum. Unfortunately for Miami, plenty of other teams will be thinking the same thing.
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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 playoffs: Nic Batum still hopes to play Game 4

Nic Batum hasn't ruled himself out for Game 4. (Getty Images)
Nic Batum hasn’t ruled himself out for Game 4. (Getty Images)

The Heat aren’t necessarily free of Nic Batum yet.
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2016 NBA playoffs: Nic Batum out for Game 3 of Heat-Hornets

Nic Batum sprained his left foot in Game 2 and is out for Game 3 (Getty Images).
Nic Batum sprained his left foot in Game 2 and is out for Game 3 (Getty Images).

As if the Hornets weren’t reeling enough after losing the first two games of this playoff series to the Heat by a combined 44 points, they head toward Saturday’s Game 3 in Charlotte without second-leading scorer Nicolas Batum. He exited Game 2 after a left foot injury early in the fourth quarter when he landed on Justise Winslow’s foot and could not make it to the locker room without help.
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