And as we saw in this past year’s NBA Finals, you can never have too much help. Among those that the Heat are targeting early in this year’s free agency period are Steve Blake, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, Trevor Ariza and Kyle Lowry.
According to sources, among the players the Heat will pursue are veteran Warriors guard Steve Blake, who can play either guard spot, can knock down 3-pointers and is expected to draw interest from other contenders, like the Thunder.
Another pair of graybeards is also on the Heat list: Shawn Marion of the Mavericks and teammate Vince Carter. Both players have expressed interest in the team, and the feeling is said to be mutual.
The Heat would like to add someone in his prime this summer, including Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza or Kyle Lowry. But the fact is, there won’t be much available when it comes to players in their 20s, and the Heat can’t go overboard with spending. DeJuan Blair is a possibility at power forward, while Spencer Hawes and Channing Frye are outside possibilities for the frontcourt.
The first domino will depend on how much money the Big Three are collectively going to leave on the table for the Riley to fill the rest of the roster with. After that, then the Heat can start talking role players, but only after that.