The Miami Heat are expected to express interest in Dennis Schroder during the offseason.
After an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, the Miami Heat will head into the offseason with plenty of work to be done.
Among the two biggest needs on the roster is an answer at the point guard position and a three-level offensive scorer that would help take some of the pressure off of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
One player that could potentially check off both those boxes is Dennis Schroder. And there are already growing whispers that the Heat could/would be interested.
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Would Dennis Schroder be a fit for the Miami Heat?
Question is, should the Heat be interested in the Schroder route? After missing out on Kyle Lowry, the Heat is expected to pursue him in free agency. It would be surprising if the Heat didn’t also try and secure a free agent meeting with Kawhi Leonard.
After that first slate of big names, if the Heat can’t close on any one of them, that’s when a player such as Schroder could become in play. Schroder is coming off a season in which he averaged 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game on 44 percent shooting from the field while being a key part of the Lakers’ success.
Schroder is also just 27 years old and there’s a very good chance that he still has his best basketball in front of him. And there are clear areas of Schroder’s game that would theoretically help the Heat’s offense.
Schroder is generally a good shooter, has a knack for creating his own shot and scoring oppprtunties, and is a better playnaker than he gets credit for. He’d be able to be the spark for the offense when Jimmy or Bam are off the floor or don’t have their best stuff and could still be a valuable asset off-ball.
On paper, at least, it’s clear why the Heat would be interested in Schroder. He’s a clear fit as to what the Heat needs. I suppose the bigger question is whether or not he’s a big enough of an answer to where Miami would meet his demand in terms of a high-priced contract.
Schroder is going to want to cash-in on a big contract this offseason and there will likely be several teams that will be willing to pay him top dollar. Should the Heat be one of those teams?
I think where it becomes interesting is if/when the Heat strikes out on the likes of Lowry and Kawhi; would the Heat be an option then?
Miami surely can’t start the next season with the same exact roster that the team ended with. After being swept in the first round it’s clear that this team has some catching up to do with the rest of the conference.
Schroder would certainly help the Heat. The big question is whether or not he’ll be a big enough of an upgrade to warrant the big-money deal that he’s likely going to be seeking.