The newly-crowned NBA Champions are already making moves for next season. With the goal of a repeat in mind, the Heat will be very busy pursuing potential free agents this summer. One player who has shown mutual interest with the organization is Ray Allen.
The 10-time All-Star was a huge part of the Celtics’ success, providing them with clutch shooting, leadership, and good team play. At 37, Allen will be looking to move to a title-contending team, as he will most likely finish his career there. Many teams, including the Knicks and possibly the Celtics, will be interested in picking up the free agent, but Miami seems to be the best fit.
Miami has been very successful managing their three superstars and as a result, role players are able to contribute to the offense. Shooting guard Mike Miller benefited from playing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and posted one of the best three-point field goal percentages in the NBA (.453) this season. Although he provided the Heat with scoring off the bench, Miller has three bulging disks in his back and might require two surgeries this summer.
As a replacement for Miller, Ray Allen could provide the Heat with exactly what they need — scoring from players beyond their All-Stars. Allen is one of the best NBA shooters of all time and for years has been draining three pointers at will. To cover penetration by James and Wade, defenses will be forced to give Allen room on the perimeter. With a number of wide-open shots, Allen has the potential to give Miami the scoring boost they need. Although he could be offered more money elsewhere, Allen has shown interest in Miami, as signing with a team where one can thrive offensively and contend for a title is attractive for any veteran looking to finish his career.
Another player the Heat are targeting is Steve Nash. Like Allen, Nash is a future Hall of Famer looking to end his career on a high note. On paper, a Heat team with Nash at point guard looks unstoppable, but signing him might disrupt the offensive flow that took Miami two years to figure out. When LeBron James is on the floor, he needs to control the offense. If Nash is signed, he would need to let James run the show, thus losing the quality that makes him such a good player. There are plenty of other teams that desperately need Nash's leadership, and it would be a shame to see it wasted in Miami.
The way things are going for the Heat, it seems they will likely pursue Ray Allen over Steve Nash. As if they weren't already good enough, the addition of a future Hall of Famer will only make the champions better. Add a possible steal with the 27th overall draft pick, and Miami is in a very good position to have a repeat season.
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Michael T Carr May 16th
Another good article, Craig Lowell.
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Scott Cohen May 1st
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