The Miami Heat may have recovered nicely after losing out to LeBron James this summer by re-signing Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and making a few additional underrated signings such as Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts.
One thing the Heat are still missing, however, is a solid backup two-guard to play behind Dwyane Wade and still are pretty thin up front behind McRoberts and Bosh.
Thus, Pat Riley still has some work to do in what’s left of this summer.
The Heat is serious about adding another shooting guard and a big man if it can find two good ones willing to take the veteran’s minimum. After recently working out Jordan Hamilton (who signed with Toronto) and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Heat also has inquired about Leandro Barbosa and Jordan Crawford, who both hold appeal to Miami.
Among power rotation players, the Heat has shown interest in Emeka Okafor and has considered Ekpe Udoh. Preliminary inquiries were made on Andray Blatche and Jason Maxiell. Agent David Falk said he talked to the Heat about Elton Brand but that Brand is unlikely to end up here.
Miami has been linked to Barbosa since last week. Though, the Heat is waiting until after the FIBA World Cup to seriously discuss the potential of actually going through with signing the 31-year-old Brazilian.