While the Miami Heat are probably going to be quiet, once again, at the NBA trade deadline, figure them to be one of the loudest when it comes to the March 1 — or the buyout deadline.
According to the Sun Sentinal, it’s likely that the Heat will be interested in a few bought-out players, if they in fact ever get bought out. The Heat’s “wish list” for such players are reportedly Caron Butler, Keith Bogans, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Chris Kaman. Players that are essentially in “no-win” situations, but could play a key role on a contending team like the Heat.
The buyout deadline that could prove most appealing, when players in the final years of contracts might give up money to appease their current teams in order to gain the opportunity to make a playoff run.
Think of veterans getting on in years, receiving minimal playing time, stuck in no-win situations: Caron Butler,Keith Bogans, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Chris Kaman.
And if nothing pans out there, there are the free agents who have slipped through the cracks. The rule for playoff eligibility is that a player must be off another team’s roster by March 1. Such players then can be signed any time and have playoff eligibility up until the final game of the regular season.
So if the buyout list comes up short, there still are the likes of Lamar Odom, Richard Hamilton, Mickael Pietrus, Josh Howard, Tyrus Thomas, Stephen Jackson, DeShawn Stevenson, Drew Gooden, Corey Maggette, Marquis Daniels, Marcus Camby,Dahntay Jones, Jason Collins, Kwame Brown, Ryan Gomes and anyone returning from a season overseas whose rights are not currently held by an NBA team, such as Delonte West, who has been playing in China.
Of course, that’s assuming that said players ever get bought out. The most sense is probably Caron Butler. He’s an added wing player who can fill in for Dwyane Wade if he in fact misses any extended amount time late in the season, or in the playoffs. He played for Miami earlier in his career, during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The connection is there.