Miami Heat Have Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Brandon Roy & Others on Free Agent Radar
The core of the South Beach NWO will of course now stay in tact.
Bron, Wade and Bosh.
But a lot of the role players who help them win a title maybe taking their talents elsewhere (or in Juwan Howard’s case the retirement home).
Here is who is on their radar.
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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be back in Miami, but they may be without some of their teammates. Mike Miller and James Jones are contemplating retirement and Ronny Turiaf, Juwan Howard, Dexter Pittman, Eddy Curry and Terrel Harris can all become unrestricted free agents. If all seven players leave, Miami will only have eight players under contract for next season.
Miami doesn’t have much money to spend, but they’ll attempt to lure a free agent with their mini mid-level exception, just as they were able to do with Shane Battier last summer. The HEAT are hoping to sign a veteran who is willing to take a pay cut in exchange for the opportunity to compete for a title. Miami is looking for a contributor who would prefer a ring to a large contract.
Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, Grant Hill, Andre Miller, Ray Allen and Jermaine O’Neal are among the players who Miami could target with their mini mid-level exception, according to sources close to the situation. Those players can likely make more money elsewhere, but may be willing to take less to join the HEAT.
Another option for Miami is Brandon Roy, who will attempt to make an NBA comeback next season after retiring last December. Roy could be a low-risk, high-reward signing for Miami. If he’s healthy, he could be a significant contributor off of the bench. The HEAT can be patient with Roy, working with him throughout the season just as they did with Eddy Curry this year. Sources close to Roy believe he wants to sign with a contender.