There's no secret where I'm going with the discussion. I know some of you guys might be tired of this discussion and others are just as excited to talk about it as me. Our current roster lacks at the center position; with Zydrunas Ilgauskas retired, Erick Dampier and Jamaal Magloire as free agents we have to rely on an undersized Joel Anthony and undeveloped Dexter Pittman and not to appealing Eddy Curry. Don't get me wrong i love Joel as much as any other fan but he's going to struggle against the bigger centers in the league in terms of rebounding and creating offense. Now there's plenty of options at the center position this off season, but getting them is easier said than done especially with the limited cap space the Heat have.
Now we can try to make a move for the 6'11 Samuel Dalembert who would definitely be an upgrade at the position. For his career Dalembert is averaging 8 PPG, 8 RPG and almost two blocks per game. Dalembert has ties to South Florida and has announced his interest in the Heat this off season but would have to take a significant pay cut to join the squad. The $5 million mid-level exception does not appeal to many of the premium free agents in the league especially at the limited center position. Personally picking up Dalembert would be my top priority free agent, with our legendary GM Pat Riley anything can happen, i guarantee you if he tried to sell you something you'd probably buy it.Other options at the center include Greg Oden who hasn't played in nearly two years and has played only 82 games since being drafted in 2007. Oden has a $8.9 million one year deal he can take from the Trail Blazers which would be hard for the Heat to match. If we were to pick up Oden he wouldn't be able to play until January as he is still recovering, but when healthy he is a pretty decent player. In his last he put up 11 PPG, 9 RPG, 2 BPG and was shooting 61%. Then there's Kwame Brown whose coming off his most productive season in a while, averaging 8 PPG and 7 RPG. I personally don't think Kwame is the answer at our center position but at this point even he is an upgrade. Of course there's Nene who in my eyes is a long shot to join the team. Imaging Nene under the rim, it would create more scoring options for the Heat, his 15 PPG (last seaon) would really help our offense and we wouldn't have to worry about defense, Spoelstra can make the worst defense players seem decent (see. Mike Bibby)
A little different approach would be to take Shane Battier who is a defensive specimen and a factor on the perimeter. On twitter Battier stated
"Getting mad love from Grizz nation, Heat nation, Thunder nation and Rocket nation. Let free agency begin!!! Thanks y'all!"
Battier also has strong ties to Nick Arison as both represent Duke Blue Devils. Battier would replace Miller nicely and a triple threat defensive with Wade,James and Battier would be nice to see for us fans and torture for opposing offenses.
My question to you guys, who do you want to see in a Heat uniform this season?