Miami Heat Offseason To-Do List
What The Heat Must Do This Offseason
April 17, 2015
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For the first time since the 2007 season, the Miami Heat failed to make the playoffs. So, with the offseason already underway for the four-time East Conference champs, let’s take a look at what they need to do to get back on top of the NBA world.
Resign Goran Dragic
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Resigning Dragic is by far the biggest task for the Heat this offseason, as they didn’t trade multiple first-round picks and several rotation players for a one-year rental. Dragic is one of the better point guards in the league and makes the Heat offense head and shoulders better than what it was before he arrived. The can’t go back to the days of when Mario Chalmers ran the offense.
There’s word that Dragic really likes Miami and the odds are in the Heat’s favor of him resigning. Still, nothing is official until that contract is signed.
Convince Luol Deng To Opt In
Deng was one of the few bright spots for the Heat this season, as he played in 72 games, averaged 14 points and 5.2 rebounds on 46.9 percent shooting. Deng is one of the better two-way wings in the NBA and is a guy you can count on to log a ton of productive minutes throughout a season.
While paying Deng 10 million dollars next season may sound steep, he’s just now turning 30 years old and is coming off one of his best seasons in recent memory. Considering there aren’t many better options out there on the open market and the Heat will have high expectations with the return of Chris Bosh, getting Deng to stay is a major priority for Miami.
Draft a Shooting Guard
The one bright side to the Heat missing the playoffs is that they’re projected to get a Top 10 pick in this year’s NBA draft. It turns out that this is one of the deeper drafts we’ve seen in a while.
If I’m the Heat, I’m spending my pick on a shooting guard. Dwyane Wade isn’t getting any younger and needs to seriously consider becoming a sixth-man. The Heat also don’t have a true shooting guard to spot Wade minutes when on the bench, as they’re forced to get creative with their lineups.
While it may be reaching from a value standpoint, the Heat could spend their pick on a guy such as Devin Booker, R.J. Hunter or even a Jerian Grant.
Getting a guy who can add a spark offensively off the bench and take pressure off of Wade would make Miami a much better basketball team.
Resign Michael Beasley
The last thing the Heat must do is resign Michael Beasley. After being given another chance with Miami, Beasley averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds on 43.4 percent shooting in limited playing time. Beasley showed that he can be a very productive player off the bench when not having the pressure to be the go-to guy. The Heat don’t have many guys on their bench who can be a firestarter offensively, and Beasley kind of brings that to the table.
At the young age of 26, Beasley still has some productive years left in him. I’d say adding another year or two to Beasley’s contract would be a positive move for the Heat.