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  • ASK IRA: Do Heat require an overhaul or tinkering?

    ASK IRA: Do Heat require an overhaul or tinkering?
    Q: I wholeheartedly agree with Pat Riley that the best teams in the NBA have rosters completed with developed players. But the developed players brought in must complement the team's identity, on-court philosophy and the skill sets of its core players in order for the team to be fluid, consistent, and, ultimately, successful. Miami now has a core of the emerging Hassan Whiteside, the versatile Chris Bosh, and the still-capable-of-getting-it-done Dwyane Wade. Yet, there are so many decisions to be made due to the many holes that remain in the roster. Obviously, a backup shooting guard and knockdown 3-point shooters must be brought in. Also, I believe the team needs to bring in a younger, athletic power player behind Whiteside/Bosh who has some post moves, a nose for rebounding, and has the lift to finish at the rim (Birdman and Udonis Haslem are actually getting to the "over-developed" stage in their careers, if you will, and along with Josh McRoberts, each has a deficiency in one or two of these categories). Then there are the spots taken by three young or undeveloped prospects on the roster who all showed some promise at one point or another during the season, but that's probably two too many, as the Heat will most likely make a first-round selection in this year's draft.  Finally, there is the upcoming free agency of Goran Dragic and Luol Deng (everyone knows the detriment of potentially losing Dragic after giving up so much to acquire him midseason, so no need to discuss what he brings on the court). I know what Deng brings to any team. He's a stat sheet stuffer and is still one of the league's best wing defenders (he was excellent against Chris Paul in a win over the Clippers in Los Angeles this past season). But, in my opinion, he does not fit offensively with Wade. Wade seemingly will continue to be a shooting guard who can still score 40 points on a given night without making a 3-point shot. Therefore, a small forward with better spot-up consistency would be a better fit. I believe if Deng opts out, Miami would greatly minimize the loss if (and that's a big "if") they could land Jeff Green (and also add Wesley Johnson to come off the bench behind him). Am I too far ahead of things or do you think Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra already have their sleeves rolled up so that they will be ahead of situations instead of being "late to all the parties" this offseason? -- Nikki.
  • Greg Cote: Pat Riley has earned trust that he will fix Miami Heat's woes

    Pat Riley just turned 70. His hair has gone a natural silvery gray. He is at a point, in life and career, when a man begins to hear his mortality clock ever louder, to a point that reminders from elsewhere are neither required nor appreciated. "People...

    Ira Winderman: As LeBron moves on, ex-teammates have moved on

    Ira Winderman: As LeBron moves on, ex-teammates have moved on
    Sunday it became real, hitting home more than the Christmas Day return, the three other regular-season meetings. Sunday, LeBron James was playing on. And the Miami Heat were home for the summer. For all that came after July 11, including the vow...

    Player-by-player: Where Miami Heat stand heading into offseason

    Player-by-player: Where Miami Heat stand heading into offseason
    A look at the status of the 15 players who finished the season on the Miami Heat roster. * * * * * * * Dwyane Wade Age: Turns 34 on Jan. 17. 2015-16 salary status: Holds $16 million player option for next season, on final year of contract, that...

    Heat's No. 1 offseason priority: secure Goran Dragic

    With the season done, with that one final game no one wanted to win finally over, Dwyane Wade walked out of the basketball arena in Philadelphia with his arm around Goran Dragic. Wade was smiling, laughing, pulling Dragic close and whispering in his ear....