Beginning on Monday, August 2, 2021, NBA teams can start negotiating with free agents at 6 p.m. ET and sign players on Friday, August 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET. The 2021 Miami Heat offseason will be interesting, as the Heat only have five players signed for the 2021-22 NBA season: Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, KZ Okpala, and Precious Achiuwa.
With trade talks heating up and free agency only months away, what’s the Heat’s plan to rebuild the roster?
2021 Miami Heat Offseason: Re-Signs
Expect the Heat to keep a few key pieces in this rebuild process. Loyalty pieces like Udonis Haslem and Goran Dragic are expected to stay with Miami in the coming season. Also expect Miami to re-sign sharpshooter, Duncan Robinson. It’s hard to let a shooter as great as Robinson is walk.
One player that is on every Heat fan’s mind is newly acquired Victor Oladipo. Will the Heat extend him an offer despite playing only four games with the team? If so, they should sign him to a small deal with a team option. Oladipo can be a game-changer when healthy, but is that a risk Pat Riley and the organization should take?
Another diamond in the rough Miami should look to re-sign this offseason is Dewayne Dedmon. Dedmon proved his worth in his limited minutes this season, and the Heat should aim to grow this sparkplug as the search for a center continues.
2021 Miami Heat Offseason: Free Agency Targets
Miami’s main objective this offseason should be scorers, centers, and facilitators. Everybody saw the weakness of not having a bonafide bucket in the first round of the 2021 playoffs, so the Heat should aim to sign somebody who will put points on the board. This leads into the targets:
Malik Monk is one of the scorers that the Heat should target once free agency hits. Monk averaged 11.7 PPG on 43.4% from the field and 40.1% from deep. Monk can focus on what he does best without much worry of filling in lesser gaps. He has the potential to explode for big games and can shoot the lights out on any given night.
The next player that the Heat should add to their roster in free agency is 6’6 point guard, Lonzo Ball. The Heat danced around rumors that a package might be set in place to trade for Ball before the deadline. Miami missed having a true playmaking point guard this season. With Dragic aging and Kendrick Nunn likely to walk this free agency, a player like Ball would do wonders for the Heat offense.
Ibaka is everything Heat fans wanted this season, a big that can run the floor, extend the defense, and play big defensive minutes. This would give another defensive threat in the paint to go along with Bam, and could prove to be scary for opponents. Ibaka currently has a player option for the 2021-22 season, so this might be a long-shot depending on how the Los Angeles Clippers end their postseason.
Lowry is an experienced two-way guard that can affect the game in more ways than one. The 6x NBA All-Star and former champion brings scoring, defense, and playmaking to a team that desperately needs it. Though a more expensive option, Lowry can be worth it if other moves are set in place with a “win now” mindset.
2021 Miami Heat Offseason: Trades
There is always going to be trade chatter among fans and reporters, but what are some realistic trade scenarios for Miami? Given, it’s hard to discuss trade scenarios with a team that currently has a roster of five players, but window shopping doesn’t hurt anybody right?
Ingles is playing great basketball in the playoffs, and shooting 49.3% from the field; what more could you want? Ingles has never posted eye-popping numbers, but he shoots the ball well consistently. He knows his role with his team and steps up when needed. Will the Jazz be willing to hear a package with the terrific role player? Who knows, but he’s worth checking out.
Bol Bol is one of those players that has the potential to be something special. He’s 7’2, shoots the ball well, and blocks shots, why wouldn’t you try to develop that talent? The question becomes are the Heat willing to take that leap of faith.
McCollum, often overlooked by superstar counterpart, Damian Lillard, brings prolific scoring to the Blazers; imagine what he could do with Miami. With trade rumors swirling around Lillard, could the Portland Trail Blazers be entering rebuild mode? McCollum tallied his best scoring year this season, averaging 23.1 PPG on 45.8% shooting. A package highlighted by Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa, and picks might be enough to pull this trade off.
Obviously the dream scenario would end in a Lillard-to-Miami deal. Is it doable? Yes. Is it likely? That’s a different story. There could be a three-team package thrown together in a mega-deal for the Trail Blazer superstar, with Herro, Achiuwa, Robinson, and a handful of picks split amongst teams. This would be a dream come true for Heat fans after missing out on James Harden earlier in the 2020 season. Could Lillard be the missing link to Jimmy and Bam? Only time will tell.
The 2021 Miami Heat offseason is crucial to the Heat’s future success. After coming off an incredible finals run, then falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in a sweep, the Heat front office should look to rebuild this summer. Whether that be by making some big offseason signings, or trading up the ladder, something needs to be done.
Who do you want to see the Heat target this offseason?
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