It was rumored that the Miami Heat actually did a sign-and-trade that sent Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers to the Toronto Raptors for Chris Bosh. But that wasn't the case as Bosh flat-out left Toronto and signed by himself with no trades or anything at all. So who will be takers for the power forward draft number two overall in the 2008 NBA Draft? David Kahn! The Minnesota Timberwovles agreed to deal their 2011 second-round draft pick to the Heat for Beasley.
The Heat get a big advantage out of this, as they clear cap space for a player that might not have any success anymore for their franchise. They also get another pick for next year's draft. With this, the Heat can get more people added to their roster. As for the T-Wovles, they have a potential spot filled at small forward along with them using him as a power forward sometimes to help fill in for the undersized Kevin Love.
Earlier yesterday, a trade rumor surfaced that a four-team trade was intact but it later died down. The trade involved Bosh in a sign-and-trade to the Heat while Beasley goes to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Rockets would then trade Jared Jeffries to the Bobcats for Tyson Chandler.
With this, Mario Chalmers is the only other player under contract besides the Superteam group. The Heat have yet to sign Dexter Pittman, Jarvis Varnado, and Da'Sean Butler. I have never yet to discuss the draft picks. I expect Varnado to be a good backup contributor at center. Meanwhile, I could see Pittman being the starting center, otherwise the Heat will sign a center from free agency. Da'Sean Butler was a steal and a great pick-up. I see him being a very valuable backup to LeBron James at small forward.
But the Heat's starting five so far is this:
PG: Chalmers/SG: Wade/SF: James/PF: Bosh/C: Pittman
It's still good and all but I still don't feel very comfortable at the point guard spot, center spot, and the second-team. So with this, I have a few ideas for the Heat and what they should do.
Sign Mike Miller
Mike Miller will be a great signing. It was first reported by FoxSports that the Heat offered Miller a deal. Miller is a great shooter and can run the point guard position well. Although James will be the more of a point forward guy and the person running the team, he can't be playing point guard. Chalmers won't fit well in the starting five. Miller, however, is more experienced and can fit well in the Heat's system. The contract was reportedly a five-year $30M deal.
"Miller needs for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to sign deals before he can slot into available space. Miller's father says he's going to Miami," tweets Adrian Wojnarowski.
In my opinion, the Heat will get Miller. But just in case, get one more point guard and things will be fine and dandy at that position. Miller can play three positions with point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. So he is a great signing to help out the Big Three in Miami. But who is the other player the Heat should go for, you ask?
Sign Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson needs to be the guy to pick-up. With this, he will easily be the starting point guard. What does this mean for Miller? He'll be a great back-up and Chalmers, A.I., and Miller will have good minutes split between each other. This will be the year for A.I. to not be the guy, however, as a role player. At 35, you can't be The Man anymore. But A.I. has a lot left in the tank and can still ball. Even at this point, he is still one of the fastest players in the league. I have the Heat signing him to a two-year $20M deal or something like that. Miller, however, will have a smaller deal than five years for $30M in my opinion.
Iverson will run the system well. I mean, look at it. You now have four deadly players on the court with Iverson, James, Wade, and Bosh. All of them can be open. Iverson can make a lot of tricky moves. I can see him now: doing a sick crossover move to easily find LeBron open for a three. Swish!
Sign Shaquille O'Neal
No, it won't be all that glorious as we saw back in the 2005-06 season, but Shaq can still play. And with this, he should sign a veteran minimum contract with the Heat. At this point, he will be a role player and will get 20-25 minutes a game. He will be the starting center and will be great. I have him signing a two-year deal. Shaq already told several sources that he wants to play for two or three more years in the NBA until he officially calls it quits. I think he will be a great pick-up for the Heat and he will be playing with a new superstar in Bosh. Now he can get his fifth ring and get back at Kobe.
Okay, so these are a bit of the moves I have the Miami Heat considering. And they need to consider this. Pat Riley is a smart guy (I mean, how else did he get this deal done? He's a genius!) and he can make things happen that people can't imagine seeing possible. Hope he makes at least one or two of these possibilities actually come true.