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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  83 responses

Major Changes Coming to Miami Heat Roster?


The Big 3 will likely remain untouched this summer, but there’s no telling what the rest of the Heat roster will look like next season. From the Sun-Sentinel: “In many ways, the mandate to [Pat] Riley and his front-office staff is the same as it was over these past 11 months: Find something that works at point guard and center. Because when it came to those areas of need, 2010-11 turned into a revolving door that continued spinning through Sunday’s season end. Zydrunas Ilgauskas started the playoffs as the Heat’s starting center; Joel Anthony finished in that role. Mike Bibby began the postseason as the starting point guard; Mario Chalmers closed in that role. As Sunday’s 105-95 season-ending loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the best-of-seven NBA Finals showed, the answers weren’t good enough. ‘It’s like a puzzle,’ [Dwyane] Wade said, ‘and their pieces came together a little bit better than ours.’ The Heat’s voids extend beyond mere positional designations. There is a need for a perimeter defender off the bench, someone who can take care of the heavy lifting on that end of the court so James and Wade don’t have to wear themselves down with such efforts, efforts that may have contributed to what appeared to be season-ending fatigue. And there is a need for a speed guard, someone who can match what J.J. Barea, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday threw at the Heat through the four rounds of this season’s playoffs. For all that Chalmers can be, fleet of foot is not one of them. There certainly will be ample roster spots available, with the contracts of Chalmers, Mike Bibby, Erik Dampier, Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire expiring on June 30, with option-year decisions in the hands of Eddie House, James Jones and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who appears to be leaning toward retirement. In fact, the Heat could return as few as seven players from the current roster, when counting [LeBron] James, Wade, [Chris] Bosh, Anthony, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Jones.”

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  • W.Mack

    On the surface, it looks like they’re stuck with what they’ve got. As long as Wade, Bosh, and James make what they do, they’re gonna have to make up their roster with veterans and flash in the pan role players. The money they DID have left over, they spent on Mike Miller and the return on that investment wasn’t nearly what they thought it would be. Unless they can dump his contract, especially with Stern trying to implement a hard cap, it looks like the Heat might have new faces, but the same scenario.

  • http://nba.com gp23

    Yeah, they need Steve Nash at the point, and Dwight Howard at the center.

  • AT33

    GET RID OF BOSH!!!!! HE DOESNT FIT IN THERE!!! #WEAK #SOFT #CANTDEFEND #CANTPOSTUP

  • http://nba.com gp23

    1st

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!!!

  • rob stewart

    @AT33
    Bosh actually played well for Miami. I’m not saying trade LeBron but he’s the one that didn’t fit in when it counted most.

  • Lp

    I wouldn’t get rid of Bosh, a big man who can make a jumper and make a basketball move to the basket, make freethrows, and play average defense? Keep it.

  • Dagger

    They made it to within 2 games of a championship in their first season together, when many of their role players were injured. I don’t see the need for major changes, except in Lebron’s ability to perform in the Finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Bosh just needs to be paired with a good defensive big…Joel Anthony does NOT count…Bosh is a solid player and actually played a pretty good series against Dallas.

  • neaorin

    Everything hangs on the new CBA, the nature of the salary cap, the continued existence of the MLE, and how many ring chasers they can lure to South Beach.

  • RyanT1992

    Does nobody rate chalmers, i saw the heat in the finals and i thought he was decent for them at point guard…good enough for them to keep around to come off the bench at least until he develops

  • David Moore

    Along with LeBron, Dwade, and Bosh, I think Miami should keep Haslem, Miller, Jones, Chalmers, Bibby, and Anthony. Add another great PG, Foward, and Center and you have a championship.

  • cramzy

    Perspective! People talking like James/Wade/Bosh needs to be blown up…they were 2 wins (or a couple 4th quarter collapses) away from being champs! Remember how Orlando panicked and destroyed their team following the loss to LA? The big 3 has to be untouchable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The Big Three aren’t untouchable. All they need are good complementary players.

  • rkirby

    I guarantee you if the Heat have Dwight Howard instead of Lebron James with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh they would have won the chip this year. If I’m Pat Riley, I’m seriously looking into that trade.

  • http://nba.com gp23

    They need to get Steve Nash at the point guard position.
    Make it happen Pat !!!

  • Yesse

    Not probably any huge changes. I doubt they will get rid off anyone from the big 3. Maybe just balance out the team.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    LeBron for Howard straight up, rkirby?

  • Riggs

    chalmers is hot garbage, and bosh was the only player consistently good in the dallas series that no one in dallas had an answer for. Leave the “big 3″ untouched and find some better role players.

  • lockon

    keep bibby

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I think Dwight would fit the needs of Miami more than LeBron does. Dwade does the same stuff LeBron does except he’s more clutch, and Miami sorely lacks a good interior presence.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I also heard LeBatard and Simmons talk about trade in the BS report. That would be the craziest thing in sports ever. Dwight for LeBron, never going to happen, it’s so unbelievably crazy and it’s even crazier to me, that I actually think that team would be better. Chalmers, Wade, Miller/Jones, Bosh, Howard. You have a clear cut leader with fitting pieces, Bosh doesn’t like to bang down low, Howard is a very capable scorer down there, defensive player of the league, gets major boards, and like rkirby said if I was Riley I would look into it too.

  • ab40

    duh. trade james/mike miller/chalmers for billups and carmelo anthony

  • flimo

    Ship Bosh to LA for Bynum, bring Haslem to the starting lineup, sing a good PG for MLE, and hope that they can win all of their games in the first half.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Are the Heat a better team with Dwight instead of anyone of their players.

  • shuref00t

    Don’t re-sign the knucklehead, Chalmers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Bosh-Howard combo would be pretty sick…easily the best front court in the league. Still, I highly doubt that’s a realistic trade scenario.

  • Marina Medina

    The man who thinks the Miami Heat are a “classless” bunch, was booked on charges of public drunkenness last night. Per TMZ, which has the glorious mugshot (word to the Abe Lincoln tat!): “Law enforcement sources tell us, police received a call about some drunk guy wandering around an apartment comlpex in Irving, TX last night — and when cops showed up, they found Stevenson … who said he was lost. Stevenson — who does not live in the apartment complex — then flunked a field sobriety test … and was arrested for public intoxication. Law enforcement sources tell us, the officers ‘felt he was a danger to himself and others.’”

  • Marina Medina

    What an act of class for a bum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    But wouldn’t someone who is classless be the best judge of who is and is not classless Marina?

  • T-Money

    Nothing major, they just need to throw the 6 mil a year MLE to a guy like Dalembert and re-sign Mario. Mike Miller should be much better next year, injury free. And not to mention that the big 3 will be more comfortable playing together. They still came within 2 games of a championship in year 1. Just get a decent center, and put Joel in his natural role (4th big, 10 mins a game).

    Rio
    Wade
    James
    Bosh
    Dalembert

    Haslem
    Miller
    Joel Anthony
    E. House or James Jones

  • T-Money

    Please stop it with the Dwight rumors. Riles doesn’t do panic moves. Big 3 is staying intact.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    I wouldn’t panic like Orlando two years ago.
    2-3 changes in the lineup (defensively skilled center and PG with average offensive games) would be great.

  • T-Money

    Speedy: I really think Rio can be Miami’s Derek Fisher. There’s something to be said about continuity (he’s as old as Bron or younger I think). He really showed some heart during the playoffs run and he’s not afraid to NOT defer.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T – You realize there will be no mid-level anymore right?

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Big Three needs to be broken up. Easy choice is to ship Bosh out (because he’s soft though, really?), but these Howard-for-LeBron ideas sure do make a lot of sense…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Please don’t get Steve. I couldn’t HATE the HEAT then. Stevey boy is ma boy. Plus then you have 3 possible MVP’s on that team and thats just lame lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Its not gonna happen but why do people think trading James for Howard isn’t a fair trade? Seems pretty equal to me. Along with Blake Griffin and Durant they are the two players I would start a franchise with.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LeBron is a much bigger star then Dwight. Revenue wise it’s not a fair trade at all. But on the court I would actually give the advantage to Miami getting Howard, considering LeBron would be basically entering a worse situation then he left in Cleveland. Either way, the trade never happens, the amount of money that LeBron generates will always be the difference between him and anyone else, regardless of the gap in skill/effectiveness on the court.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The heat can’t afford to sign Nash or Dalembert. They still own the rights to Jarvis Varnado who should be a great defender inside but he’s quite slender.

  • bmorezbest

    get rid of bibby, house, big Z, dampier, howard,and magloire and replace them with more youthful guys who play D thats where we got killed by back-up pg’s and on the boards the main core is fine thats a chemistry issue only time can fix

  • Red Star

    Spoe needs to go! Spoe needs to go! Spoe needs to go! Spoe needs to go!
    Catchy don’t you think! LMFAO! Lakers 4 Life!!!

  • Chez

    I would definitely look into trading LeBron, he is under control for the next five years for way less than what a max player would make, Pat could probably get any player or combination of players he wanted for him.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lebron for howard is nice…but i just wouldnt do it.. let the big 3 cook. plus orlando doesnt want lebron’s contract i think. maybe. i just don’t think they’d do it. and i dont think riley would do it.

  • boda

    get gary payton to coach LOSER JAMES

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Of course…Changes for the Heat would’ve come had they won too.

  • J-Bird

    Get Nash

  • http://nba.com BadBluue

    kick da spo’!
    keep Wade, LeBron, Bosh, Chalmers & pick up Nene -> starting five is ready
    keep Miller, James Jones, Eddie House, sign 1 or 2 center to the bench.
    get back Riley for coach.
    practice – practice …
    let LeBron play his own game.
    have a good D, but SCORE. Wade, LeBron & maybe Bosh too is here for SCORING!!!! MAN… They are SCORERS!!!

  • jumpman

    If they would have signed Iverson, they might have had a chance of winning since he would be as quick as JJ Barea. But seriously, Bosh is lagging it…

  • k-dubb

    the heat need a new coach why not get charles barkley to coach LBJ lol…. bosh is only good when he has a set shot he cant post up really cant play defense ….

  • T-Money

    Nbk: i know that the owners want to get rid if the mle and put a hard cap. Negotiations have not even begun, why are ppl reporting that its a foregone conclusion that they will get rid of the mle? Thats the owners’ maximum outcome, not their bottom line.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lets be honest, the player if Heat really wanted to win, would be trade Wade to Magic for Orlando. Wade was better this Finals, but Lebron will have the longer career and is a bigger star. Bosh is right for the team. A Chalmers, Lebron, Miller, Bosh, Howard lineup is one of the best teams in NBA. BOOK IT!!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Their bottom like is a hardcap. The players bottom like is a soft cap with revenue sharing. Either way, the chances of a 5.5 Million dollar mid-level exception still existing is slim to none. If there is a mid-level and that is if, then that means there is a soft cap lower then that of today, so logically less then 49 Million. And revenue sharing , which means every team splits costs, which means the Lakers support the Hornets, which means, The Lakers owner will as a competitor, be against anything that allows a team he is paying for to sign a player they can’t really afford. Logically

  • T-Money

    Nbk: by definition a bottom line can’t be an opening position. Otherwise there is no negotiation. I dont know if theres going to be an MLE or not but I find it ridiculous to just state as a fact that there wont be one. Now for Miami ppl need to let this cool down a bit, they would still be a major contender with the same crappy staring pg and center. A few tweaks are obv needed but the big 3 + healthy UD and Miller will still be the core.

  • Ai come back

    tahts all stupid as hell the big 3 togethere were amazing dwight howard is nowhere near lebrons skill level, yea lebron has a terrible series well guess what not everybodys mj or has 7 years with shaq to learn how to do things by themselves, yes he did bad but lebron is way better than dwight will ever be (yes theyre diff. positions but skill wise lebron will always be better an is better) i can see how dwight would work but seriously half of america didnt thinkt he heat could get to the finals alot of people didnt think they could beat the bulls,anybody goin for dalembert or nene etc. in my opinion are on target u basically ahve two pt guards on the team, i think if the heat had tyson chandler theyd be really good, tyson gives u defense boards, and when u give it to him straight hell score too but too bad dallas is gonna hold on to him

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I basically just repeated what David Alrdidge said before game 6. Then someone said what you said, “then how will they negotiate?” Aldridge said something along the lines of ” that is the problem” – why else do you think there will be a lock-out? Just because they enter negotiations they don’t just lock-out lol they have to disagree. And they’re is like an 85% chance of a lock-out according to almost everyone.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    A team with two ball dominate players needs a point guard? That is a funny thing to say. What they need is better rotation players, a center that can score more than 4 points to take some of the pressure off Bosh down low and open the paint up for Lebron/Wade, and they probably could use a new coach too.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And the fact that all this is happening is why I’ve been saying all along the Heat as is are set up better assuming a stricter cap. They will almost certaintly “grandfather-in” current contracts if there is a hard cap. And won’t force teams to break up. And of all the things they are getting rid of, I doubt it’s the veteran minimum. Which the Heat are set up perfectly to use on role players given, championship contention, location, lack of income tax, exposure… I mean seriously they just had to prove the formula works and they did.

  • Josh

    There must be some ten year olds commenting on this. “Oh just add another great pg, forward and centre and they win a championship”.. Yeah no kidding, you could say that about the Timberwolves and they could compete for a championship.
    The three aren’t going anywhere, Chalmers is your starting point guard, and they will look to add a better centre with the MLE assuming it is there for them to use. Major changes = adding one decent piece and a bunch of crap while letting other crap go.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    I always said the Heat was two, maybe three years away from winning a Championship. I think they overachieved this year and Boston gave them a gift by trading Kendrick Perkins. They need to definitely beef up down low to hopefully get a shot blocker and avoid giving up so many offensive rebounds to the opposition.

  • bill breedley

    Get rid of bron and get a post player.

  • MikeC.

    Throwing out salary cap rules, Bosh and a 1st rounder for Kevin Love.

  • barnabusb

    Dwight for LeBron, straight up. DO IT, RILEY!

  • O

    The Heat are the favorite to make the Finals next year, has everyone forgot that Chicago is literally ONE player away from knocking them out every year? Or that the Celtics played without Perkins and Rondo in the second round? Or that my Knicks might be a huge threat once they get used to each other and build a actual bench? Given, the Heat WILL get a bunch of end of the line talent that will want to get EASY rings, but don’t sleep on the young and the restless talent that want to prove themselves against the “Big Three.”

  • Ronald

    Hmm, one player from knocking Miami out? Did we watch totally different series? Miami didn’t have that much trouble with Chicago.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Guys like Haslem, Mike Miller and Chalmers make great role players around Wade, Bosh and LeBron… just go get a decent defensive centre…..

    Robin Lopez anyone…?

  • rikson

    Can we PLEASE stop hyping perkins…?!

  • KH10

    just change the coach, the bulls managed to win 3 rings with Ron Harper and Luc Longley starting.

  • tomtom

    Preach!!! @rikson!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    By Bob Evans
    When he entered the league he had “The Chosen One” tattooed on his back, he accepted the nickname King James, and he took on the challenge of becoming Cleveland’s savior.

    However, as LeBron sits at home and ponders his big decision, he needs to think of only one thing.

    What exactly have I done in Cleveland?

    No offense to LeBron, but his lack of maturity has taken his mind off of the big picture in competitive sports.

    Winning.

    So it is at this moment that LeBron needs to ask himself, do I want to be the guy who couldn’t get it done in Cleveland?

    If winning a championship is as important as LeBron James says, why be like everyone else and head to New York, Chicago, Miami, or even L.A., to bring another championship to a major city?

    These cities know what it’s like to be a champion, and winning one there would put LeBron on the list of great ones to do it for them.

    Winning a championship in Cleveland would make LeBron an immortal the way that Jordan did it in Chicago. LOL—-HE CAN”T WIN IN MIAMI WITH TWO ALL STARS. SO MAKING CHANGES TO THE ROSTER, DOESN’T CHANGE LEBRON MIND SET—-AND THAT IS THE KEY. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    People are stupid.
    They need a centre who’s 7ft who can score more than 5ppg, & can actually pass from the post.
    Mario Chalmers played well for the Heat in the Finals for the most part. Not great, but well enough.
    I was going to write a long-winded comment on what they can do, but I CBF anymore since the majority of people on this site are… slow.

  • Ali

    Mike Miller was on the cover of Sporting News mag in 2010, the headslines read “If MIA wins a championhip it will be because of him” or something close to that anyways. To me all the role players to include the starting PG & C sucked for MIA this entire year! The only consistentsy came from the Big 3 night in and night out, with a few misteps by Bosh sprinkled in there. I think you have to start there. Yeah GM 6 Bron wasn’t his best, but look at the bench work in GM 6, Dallas 40+ bench point to 20 for MIA. Anthony, Howard, and Miller chalked up minutes and all scored 0 pts. Tell me what team has a chance in win a ball game with that. Then look at GM 5 MIA starting PG & C 4 FREAKING pts for MIA!

  • ron

    keeping six players will be just fine. the heats don’t need Bosh. do they?

  • wssss

    they could trade for me, ill be better than lebron ever was an i wont collapse in the finals all i want is a car :]

  • wssss

    u ppl here are idiots, u need to look at the books for both teams to see if the deal works,robin lopez has a 4 year $45 million deal with the nets, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. all yall doin is lookin at one side of the equation not both = FAIL

  • sean vieyra

    the most ridiculous thing ive ever heard.. trade lebron.. yeah right. honestly it obviously dont matter what miami does because theyll most likely be in this same situation next year. lebron basically took a college team to the finals before, no offense to cleveland. and wade and bosh took there d3 talent teams to the playoffs to, not including the 06 heat. what im trying to say is that miami will be back for the ring. now if dwight howard goes to chicago, theyll have problems because i heard thats who chicago wants. but i think a rational person would agree that miami is more than likely going deep next year to. i saw on sports nation that the country voted that the big 3 were going to win 2 rings together… yeah because i really do think theyll unload bosh down the line possibly unless he transforms into a kevin garnett, which i dont see happening.. who has any other ideas ??? i love talking hoops

  • GUTTA GUTTA

    sign IVERSON, he will kill coming off the bench for the heat

  • Smith

    Why is there all this talk of the heat needing a PG? They were surprisingly solid with that unconventional lineup of Miller, Wade, James, Bosh and Haslem which played without a PG and a C. Just give them another year to gel, hire a good psychologist to convince Wade and James to stop playing so much hero ball, and you’re all good.

    P.S. The bulls are one player away. They lost to the Heat due to a couple of frankly flukey shots. Get a SG who can give them 10ppg and they’ll be looking good for the future.

  • HFFL

    a lot of yall just talking out ya azz..trade BOSH? Stfu I’m certain those who are saying trade Bosh didn’t even watch him play until the finals came around…guess yall forgot about those 2 30 point games he had against Chicago…umm the game winner in game 3 of the finals..he’s very productive..if those non fans pay attention..our offense was being broken down by the end of the shot clock which caused a lot of ill advised possessions..that’s why u saw so many desperation shots at the end..we do need a true PG who can really facilitate and let dwade and lbj run the offense around the PG..kinda like Boston. I like what Joell Anthony did, but is rather see him do it off the bench..Haslem didnt even play the season, so the potential for Haslem is high for a entire season..we could still use a center..but I think Bosh mentally will be tougher next year, cause he was hungry if no one else was…he wa a open a lot in the finals and there were opportunities left out on the court..I don’t mind Bosh going for 25-35 a game.

  • Ken

    Lebron James is still the best player in the world and no matter what all you guys say he’s the most important player for miami. If you guys watched the finals you would have realized that wade was being selfish with the ball and was not passing it to lebron so that he could get the finals MVP. The heat is not Wade’s team anymore and he has to learn that there is a plyer who is better than him in that team.

  • alexander james

    Whoa the big three is perfect. . . .don’t give up bosh no way his a pf yeah he can’t really play center but he did his part with defense and rebounds of course came up big with points when they needed it. Its not bosh. . . . .and why go for dwight howard they just need key players off the bench to help that’s all. . . .joell stopped dirk when they needed it but erik spoelstra didn’t keep him in their haslem was undersize against dirk but yeah we need key players off the bench a point and a good center that’s all.

  • sean12

    I think that the heat will be alright, considering what they need. Bibby is getting slow and old, and Chalmers is alright off the bench. Haslem is coming off of injury, as well as Mike Miller. Yes, I’d of loved for them to had won the championship, but they gave it their all. I feel they will get a point guard that has speed and bring Chalmers off the bench. If you really look at it, they have a lot of players for a genious(Rieley)have to work with. He’s going to put it together.

  • Lee S

    whoever said that bosh isn’t good is ridiculous. bosh if used correctly could score 20 a night and is unguardable at times from his height and speed. stop hating

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