We've talked plenty on potential free agents Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, and Luol Deng while also writing about draft prospects Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and other possible Miami Heat picks during the 2015 NBA Draft, but we've forgot to mention another important part of the off-season: free agents that are interested in coming to Miami.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miami should expect sharpshooter Lou Williams to reach out to the Heat, along with power forward Carlos Boozer.
At the same time, both of these players would only be interested as a result of Miami losing players the team already has. So let's take a look at each of these guys.
For Williams to come to Miami at his market value, the team would only have enough cap room should two among Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade or Luol Deng leaves. If everyone stays, the Heat could only offer its mid-level $5.5 million or $3.4 million exception, as a result of being over the tax.
Williams, 28, has always made $4-6 million a year throughout his entire 10-year career and may be looking for his first big payday. Because of his ability to score, his market value is anywhere between 3-4 years ranging from $27-$35 million. Under the Heat's current roster structure, Williams would be a much-needed backup in Miami's guard rotation that could even play in Wade's place during the games he's out
At the same time, Pat Riley has made it quite evident that his #1 goal is flexibility in 2016. So looking at Williams worth and seeing teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings already being interested, I highly doubt Williams will be in Miami next season.
Jackson also reports that Carlos Boozer could sign with the Heat for the minimum.
First off, when is Boozer NOT interested in the Heat? Just about every time Boozer is a free agent, his name seems to be connected to Miami and that's because of how often he spends his time here in South Florida. While he had a great season as a backup for the Lakers last year, (11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) that could be discounted as solid production on a bad team. Signing the 34-year-old could be an option to provide depth if someone like Josh McRoberts is dealt anytime this off-season. With a frontcourt rotation that already has an aging Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem, the last thing Miami needs is another old man.
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