After a surprise run to the NBA Finals in the 2019-20 season, the Miami Heat are brimming with confidence and rightfully so. Led by frontcourt stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Heat are one of the toughest and deepest teams in the league.
However, to return to the NBA Finals in 2021, Miami would have to get better with teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks appearing far more formidable than last season.
Heat Roster Additions
|Precious Achiuwa||Draft (20th)|
|Avery Bradley||Free Agency (LAL)|
|Maurice Harkless||Free Agency (NYK)|
|Max Strus||Free Agency (CHI)|
|Breein Tyree||Free Agency (UDFA)|
|Paul Eboua||Free Agency (UDFA)|
- Precious Achiuwa: Precious Achiuwa could have been a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, as the combo forward is prized for his athleticism and defense. If that sounds like it’s right up Miami’s alley, it’s because it is.
- Avery Bradley: Avery Bradley continues to be one of the league’s better 3-and-D guards, and with his playoff experience, he’s going to provide a veteran presence in the Miami Heat’s locker room.
Heat Roster Subtractions
|Jae Crowder||Free Agency (PHX)|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||Free Agency (POR)|
|Solomon Hill||Free Agency (ATL)|
|Kyle Alexander||Free Agency (INTL)|
- Jae Crowder: Jae Crowder has made a name for himself as a tough and mobile combo guard who can be relied upon as a 3-and-D option. Perhaps the drafting of Precious Achiuwa made him question his future role in Miami but a $30 million contract is an incentive in and of itself.
- Derrick Jones Jr.: The high-flying Derrick Jones Jr. was a decent defender who used his athleticism to sky for rebounds and blocks when in position. Fortunately for Miami, by drafting Achiuwa, they’ll at least be able to replace what Jones provided.