Although the Miami Heat roster is quite full, Pat Riley is still looking for additions to the roster. After a report that Amar'e Stoudemire will be meeting with Riley, now another free agent is schedule to visit the Heat as well, Marcus Thornton.
Besides PF Amar'e Stoudemire, the Heat also has invited Marcus Thornton to visit team offices. Thornton good candidate for backup SG job.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 9, 2015
Marcus Thornton is a 6'4, six-year veteran shooting guard. He's played for the "Hornets," Kings, Nets, Celtics and Suns. He's a true scorer, and that's all and what you should expect of him. He would be a strong back-up for Dwyane Wade, something the Heat missed last year.
Thornton is a good scorer. You may remember a few seasons ago, he dropped 36 points on the Heat. He can shoot. The only downfall is that he is not a multi-positional player, something Erik Spoelstra covets in his system. But the question will be at what price will Thornton come?
Miami already has guaranteed contracts to Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen, Shabazz Napier, Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic, and Justise Winslow (11). They certainly aren't getting rid of Hassan Whiteside, and they seem like they should keep their hands on James Ennis and Tyler Johnson. They've been impressed with Willie Reed in SL, and Josh Richardson is in the mix as well.
It's full. The ideal situation would be taking Marcus Thornton on a non-guaranteed deal, but that may not be possible. That way they could see how he fits and if he can beat out some of these other guys in training camp. The more names that are floated out there, make it seem more likely that the Heat are indeed shopping the contracts of Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen for nothing in return.