The questions never cease. And with everything the Heat has on the line this summer, there's no shortage
of inquiring minds who seek answers.
I'll admit it up front. I don't have all of them. Might not even have half of them. But I'll do my best to give you an educated and slightly-informed opinion on what's going down with Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade and Co. as we approach the start of July 1 free agency.
Below are the results of this week's Heat Q&A, which just wrapped up a few minutes ago. Join the madness next week, by sending in your questions. I might not have the definite answer. But we'll have fun trying to figure it out as you get the next-best thing to an answer.
think Bosh is more than likely somewhere else with a better sign and
trade opportunity as opposed to the Heat. If that is the case, I
personally would prefer a Boozer/Joe Johnson combination than just
getting Amare or Amare with Johnson. What do you think? Also, do we
have the cap space, or can we attain it through a Beasley trade, to get
a Brendan Haywood, Earl Barron, or bring JO back at a discounted rate
to be our center?
Answered 06/17/10 14:33:27 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I'd take Haywood, but I'd rather keep Beasley than let him walk for a
reunion with either Earl Barron or Jermaine O'Neal. And I'm with you on
the Boozer, Johnson pairing, although you'd then certainly need a
center presence, which, I guess, would bring J.O. into the equation
work Mike. Look into your crystal ball and tell me who you see Lebron,
Bosh, Stoudemire, J.Johnson, and Boozer signing with?
Answered 06/17/10 14:31:32 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
Not sure I can afford crystal in this economy. But I'll look into the
knockoff I got from the Opa-Locka flea market last week and tell you
that ... LeBron will be back in Cleveland. Stoudemire will be in Miami
or Chicago. Bosh will be in Chicago or Miami. Joe Johnson will be in
New York. And Boozer will join Johnson in New York. But don't put too
much stock in that ball. It was $2 bucks and doesn't have a return
from Tulsa, Ok
Ricky Williams Smoking Ganja again? Or, just Mr. Ross? They both are
predicting the Dolphins are going to the Super Bowl next season.
Do you think the Dolphins are capable of playing in the Super Bowl next
Answered 06/17/10 14:28:24 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
You've reached the wrong Q&A. Press "0" for Jeff Darlington, Dolphins beat writer.
from Manila, Phils.
Michael, if Lebron and Wade team up and say Bosh decides to go for LAL
who would be a better choice Boozer, Amare (most like not since he
wants max contract) and I think Scola is available? Tnx.
Answered 06/17/10 14:27:13 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
In that scenario, I'd have to go with Boozer because he'd be cheaper
and plus he's a better spot-up shooter than Amare. Playing alongside
attack-the-basket players such as LeBron and Wade would create plenty
of open looks for kick-out, mid-range jumpers. That's Boozer's game, in
addition to his rebounding.
mike when july 1 is here how long do u think it will take before the
fireworks begin and in your expert opinion what do u think is a
realistic scenario for the heat also if we can't build the team with
sign and trade and we have to sign free agent directly which will
prevent us to go over the 56 millions cap this year isn't it better to
keep beasley for one more years and see how it works around 2 stars and
then go all out in the next free agency when mr arisson will be able to
go over the cap and finish to build a championship team cause i don't
know how much over the lakers and celtics are but it doesn't looks like
u can make it to the final round with a cheap salary team by the way
when was the last time that a team won the champs and stayed under
salary cap rule if it ever happen ? thank you for your time
Answered 06/17/10 14:25:37 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I really wish I had the answers. But I don't. I have educated and
slightly-informed opinions. But Pat Riley is better than just about
anyone in the league at keeping things close to the vest, despite being
in on just about every available player. My guess is that Miami will
end up with either Bosh or Stoudemire, make a strong play for Gay, look
for a veteran pg in a trade, use at least two of its four draft picks
to fill out roster spots and convince a proven league vet or two to
come on board for a shot to contend in the East and unseat Boston and a
weakened Orlando/Cleveland/Atlanta for a shot at the Finals.
read somewhere that not only is Amare here but Rudy Gay is here with
him working out this summer. Can you envision the Heat signing Amare
and sign-and-trading Beasley/Cook for Gay? I think Gay, Wade, and Amare
would be a great core if the Heat cannot land LBJ/Bosh.
Answered 06/17/10 14:22:56 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
That certainly would be the most explosive 2, 3, 4 trio in the league
in my opinion. But I'm not sure the Grizzlies will allow Gay to walk
this summer. If Gay doesn't want to be there, which I'm told he doesn't
and wants out, he might have to take the one-year qualifying offer and
then wait for unrestricted free agency next year - or a trade at the
from Auckland, New Zealand
day mate! At least Amare was honest that he is NOT signing any contract
that is not a maximum deal. 1st question is do you think he deserves
one? Because I don't think so, I'd rather have Boozer if Amare's asking
for a max. 2nd question is do you believe what these max-contract
deserving FA's (LbJ, Bosh, etc.) whenever they say that winning is the
most important thing and getting that max isn't that important to them?
Do you really believe they would sign anything under the max?
Answered 06/17/10 14:20:30 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I don't think any of the top five free agents (LeBron, Wade, Bosh,
Stoudemire, Dirk) is signing for anything less than the max. I think
there are only about 7 max slots available throughout the league at
this point. Boozer, Johnson, Gay - those guys might have to settle for
less than the max, even though there might be money out there.
seems as if Bosh to Miami is gaining some steam since he and D-Wade had
dinner together. At the end of free agency, do you think Wade convinces
Bosh and Johnson to join the Heat? If they do, would be a be top 2 team
in the east?
Answered 06/17/10 14:17:21 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I'm not sure I'd go that far just because they had dinner together.
Heck, Wade attended a tennis tournament with Star Jones a couple years
back, but that didn't mean they kicked off a commitment. I believe the
Heat would face more competition and difficulties getting Bosh than
they would Stoudemire. As far as Johnson is concerned, it's just a
matter of how much he's willing to win and at what cost in terms of a
less-than-max salary from Miami.
from Miami fl
the New York Times published a article saying that Ray Allen wants to
come to miami. It says that he knows Chris Bosh will sign too. So all
the cap space for Ray Allen, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade? Is it really
worth it to spend it on them? What would be the line up? Would dwayne
wade switch to point guard?
Answered 06/17/10 14:14:31 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
It was the New York Daily News that published the rumor as part of a
weekly NBA gossip column. Here's a tip. Only believe 1 percent of half
of the rumors you hear about NBA free agency.
Q: will stoudemire go with the heat
Answered 06/17/10 14:12:12 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
The fact that Amare is here now working out, has established an
offseason residence here and went as far as to get those MRIs at a
clinic that just happened to service other Heat players certainly leads
one to believe that something is in the works come July 1.
Q: trade Beasley,Jones,Cook with #1 pick to the pacers for Roy Hibbert and T J Ford.
Then trade Ford to the warriors for Correy Maggette.
Sign Steve Blake as the point guard.
Starting 5: Blake,Wade,Maggette,Bosh,Hibbert
bench: Chalmers,Raja Bell,Henry,Haslem,Jerome Jordan,Joel Anthony,other draft picks
Trade Beasley,Jones,Cook and #1 pick to the hornets for Darren Collison and Okafor.
Starting 5: Collison,Wade,D Wright,Bosh,Okafor
bench:Chalmers,Raja Bell,Henry,Haslem,Jerome Jordan,Joel Anthony,other draft picks
Answered 06/17/10 14:10:43 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
There you go. Spin again.
from Your Location (City, State)
Pat-riley! i know that you have been busy to try to improve our team
this summer. but my point view is : whoever at the power foward ,rudy
gay at small forward,wade,whoever at the point guard or mario charmers
and the center spot draft pick or O'Neil. reserve at the bench
wright,haslem,patrick,draft pick at center,richardson,beasley or
another draft pick.
Answered 06/17/10 14:09:45 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
You've got the wrong email if you're trying to reach Pat with another
roster request. Try [email protected]
Mike, another question, is there any chance or way that Riley can bring
Ricky Rubio here? I tend to think that he's not going to play in
Minnesota and Minnesota is not going crazy for him, so can Riley work
out a trade? If so, can he get him out of his European contract to get
him here? I guess I'm asking if a) can this be done, and b) do you
think it is a good PG option? Rubio looks like he's got good vision,
can get the ball in the post and has a nice shot/range if Wade kicks
out to him. What do you think?
Answered 06/17/10 14:07:22 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I won't be sold on Rubio until I see him getting it done in the NBA,
against superior athleticism and quickness on a night in and night out
basis. That's not to disrespect what he's doing overseas, but I need to
see more than a few highlights. I believe Riley would rather go with a
more proven vet at the point guard position. Even though J-Will and
Payton drove Riley crazy with their attitudes and actions at times,
there was a trust factor there that hasn't existed at that position
since the championship team disbanded.
Q: After resigning Wade and Bosh trade Beasley,Cook,Jones to hornets for Collison and Okafor.
Keep Collison and seeing as the pacers are interested in Okafor trade Okafor for Hibbert and Troy Murphy.
Imagine having Murphy to backup Bosh.
starting 5:Collison,Wade,D Wright,Bosh,Hibbert
bench:Chalmers,Raja Bell,Gordan Hayward,Murphy,Jerome Jordan,Joel Anthony,other draft picks
Answered 06/17/10 14:04:39 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I like. I like. But the question you have to ask is this: why would New
Orleans need Beasley, Cook and Jones when they have David West, James
Posey and Peja filling those exact same roles already?
from lille, France
Michael, hope u'r welle this week, as usual, under the florida sun...
i have two questions for you today...
first one : what choice would you do if you were in charge in the
organisation, for the draft(choices which for you, would have the best
second question: admitting bosh wants to come and Pat riley wants bosh
to wear a heat jersey... it looks like a S&T is not so easy to
do... so what is your thought about a three or four team deal to get
every one happy?thanks for all...and take care.
"bonjour de la france!"
Answered 06/17/10 14:03:07 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
If I'm Miami, I simply take the best player available, regardless of
position, with the NO. 18 pick. The Heat has needs at every position,
considering only two players are under guaranteed contract right now
moving forward. Depth was an issue with this team the past few seasons.
Having said that, I'd go with a Big with the first-round pick, either
Whiteside or solomon kid from Florida State.
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