To say these playoffs went horribly is an understatement. Four days ago, the Miami Heat were officially swept by the Milwaukee Bucks after an atrocious 120-103 loss. The offense was nowhere, Jimmy Buckets was missing in action, the game planning was terrible, the defense was off the walls, and so many more instances just went horribly wrong. It pissed off a lot of fans and analysts and it clearly pissed off Udonis Haslem, who threw a chair during a timeout:
The Heat needs to fix themselves, so in this article, I’ll give the essential offseason moves that I think the Heat would follow through with this offseason.
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Players that will stay/re-signed:
To get this out of the way, there are some players the Heat must keep on the roster. Some players are essential to the Heat’s success, and must stick with them next season. These are the players:
A serviceable sixth man for the Heat, Dragic proved to be a vital player for the heat this season. While he had a down season from last year, he did put up serviceable stats, averaging 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 0.7 steals per game in 50 games played with a 43.2% field goal percentage and 37.3% from the arc. Dragic also did well in the playoffs off the bench, averaging 16 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and one steal per game on 42.6% field goal percentage and a 34.6% three-point percentage.
At the moment, Dragic is on a 2021 club option, and the deadline to decide whether he is to stay or not ends on August 1st. It would cost the Heat $19.44 million; I see the Heat picking that up.
One of the premier three-point specialists in the NBA, Duncan Robinson, has solidified himself as a threat, averaging 3.5 three-pointers made per game with a 40.8% percentage from behind the arc. That isn’t half bad, and recall that this was only his third year in the league, and it seems like he’ll get better as time moves along. His main task is to drain threes with ease, and it seems he could draw a nice payday from it. Rumors have speculated that he could land a $15-20 million annual contract this offseason.
I can see the Heat offering him at least $15 million annually, if not a little bit more. A fair share of the players on the roster now definitely won’t be here next season. They’ll make the room necessary to bring him on board.
Dedmon has been a solid role player for the Heat, averaging 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, along with a 70.8 field goal percentage. Dedmon has been solid on defense as well in 16 games, with 58 defensive rebounds, nine steals, and six blocks. At this moment, he’s on a one-year, $580k contract; don’t be surprised if the Heat resigns him for another year with a little pay raise.
These players will be gone by the time next season rolls around to free up cap space; some won’t be forgotten, while others will be. One of these players, sadly, will be Victor Oladipo. To sum it up, he’s too risky to resign after an injury that kept him out for the season. He was making a base salary of $21 million for each of the past four years, and for someone who was bit by the injury bug and for someone that could miss all of next season, $21 mil is way too much money. I see the Heat saving that cash for another free agent or trade.
Here are other players that I think we’ll be saying goodbye to as well:
- Trevor Ariza
- Andre Iguodala (Team Option, saves $15 million)
- Nemanja Bjelica
- Kendric Nunn
The need for another star
It is uncomplicated to see that the Heat needs another star in the rotation. Butler is a solid leader, and Bam is an up-and-coming one, especially on the defensive side. And while they have some good role players, it wasn’t enough to turn the tide. So, who should the Heat target? The answer is obvious:
Where do we begin with Leonard? Hmm, he’s a two-time finals MVP, five-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, six-time All-Defensive team player, and so on. Leonard has been solid, with no signs of slowing down, averaging 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game with a 51.2% field goal percentage and a 39.8% three-point percentage.
He’s the top free agent on the market if he decided to do so as he is on a player option. If the Clippers lose their series against the Mavericks, expect him to test the market. It’ll be a hefty price to pay, but if the Heat let everyone above walk, then the Heat will have ample money to sign him yearly. Also, if they have to, they could restructure Adebayo’s contract if warranted.
So, him being signed falls on him taking the player option or not.
What if he doesn’t go into free agency, or someone else snags him?
Back-up plans are good, aren’t they? Another target they could chase after is Demar DeRozan, who has shown no signs of slowing down at age 31, averaging 21.6 points, 4,2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 0.9 steals per game with a 49.5 percent field goal percentage and a 50.5 eFG%. He would be a star at either forward spot, and would elevate this team to new heights! The Heat coaching staff and players would be ecstatic to have him!
Chris Paul is another player who is on a player option, but judging by how the Suns have been doing this season and in the playoffs, I think he’ll be staying in Phoenix for another year.
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