The past couple of days have been an emotional rollercoaster in the world of the Miami Heat. First, they bring in Goran Dragic, giving them one of the premier starting lineups in the NBA. Then, they find out that Chris Bosh has blood clots in his lungs, and while it looks like he’ll be okay with treatment, that means he’s going to miss the rest of the season.
Even with Bosh, the Heat were on the borderline in terms of being an actual contender, but now that he’s out, they’re definitely going to need help in the front court, especially when you consider that they have less depth than most other playoff teams. Because of that, I’ve detailed five likely free agent or buyout candidates that the Heat could snatch up.
Boozer is one of the biggest names in buyout talks right now, and it makes sense. The Lakers don’t want to somehow fall out of the bottom five teams in the league and lose their pick for this season, and despite all the hate he gets, having Boozer in the lineup makes the team better. He’s nowhere near as bad of a player as the haters would want you to believe. He can still gobble rebounds and space the floor. Plus, he lives in Miami, so there’s no reason why he wouldn’t want to go re-team with Luol Deng and get back into the playoffs.
There’s been mixed reports about whether Bass will be bought out over the next week. Most Celtics faithful think he’s a valuable piece for the future of the team, and they would want to keep him around, but there are still whispers of him becoming available. He’s basically a less-talented version of Bosh. He’s athletic and still can shoot. No one the Heat can get will be able to replicate what Bosh does, but Bass will be closer than most other options.
The most talked about option so far, everyone seems to love the idea of Blatche going to Miami. Yes, he can shoot and rebound, but he’s never been the best basketball mind, and the team may be better off just trying to find someone who isn’t going to mess things up too horribly. I’m not sure that Blatche is the right option. That said, he’s available now, so he’s the best option if they can’t rely on a more talented player being bought out.
This is as long of a shot as there’s ever been, but there’s also some really good upside here. Considering Bargnani hasn’t been able to stay healthy and work his way into the Knicks rotation even when he is healthy, on the surface there’s little value here. But talent doesn’t just dissipate overnight. If Bargnani could get back anywhere near what he was doing at his peak, he could be enough to keep the Heat afloat.
I also see this one as a long shot, considering I don’t think the Nuggets would be wise to buy him out. Still, it has been talked about so it’s worth considering. Robinson is long and athletic, and if he’s playing well, pairing him with Whiteside could lead to some crazy shot blocks in the paint. Still, I think Denver holds onto him for his potential and he doesn’t end up available for the Heat.