Exit Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson.
Enter Derrick Williams, Wayne Ellington, and James Johnson?
These names are probably not going to excite you. However you better get familiar with them because there are some of the names that the Miami Heat have just added to their roster. After the shocking departure of the most important player in franchise history in Wade, coupled with veterans Deng and Johnson moving on, Miami was left to relatively start over.
I will do my very best to sell you on what is morphing into the 2016-17 Miami Heat.
For starters, out of nowhere the Miami Heat have becoming shockingly young. Add to the fact that the building blocks of the future in Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson remain in tow. The Miami Heat currently have 11 players on the roster who are under the age of 30. Whether you may look at this as a positive or not, this development really sells the notion that Pat Riley and the rest of the Heat front office have begun to open their minds in an effort to prioritize youth.
Derrick Williams, the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to me is a solid pick up for Miami. At 6-8, 240 pounds, he's a tweener that can stretch the floor despite a unimpressive career number 30% shooting from beyond the arc. He's also exciting around the rim and will make for a highlight reel every now and then on SportsCenter (if you still watch that kind of thing). Williams averaged 9.3 points a game during his stint with the New York Knicks last season.
James Johnson has a skill set that in many ways reminds me of what Deng brought to the table in his two seasons in Miami. A slasher that moves well away from the ball, Johnson can also hit from the perimeter shot when left open. He also brings a vey physical defensive disposition to the table.
Wayne Ellington, better known as "HK" or a "Heat Killer" is a 6'4" guard who's played in the league for seven seasons. Ellington is a very solid shooter and averaged 35% from beyond the arc last season with the Brooklyn Nets as part of his 7.7 points a game.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Stand up and make some noise for your 2016-17 Miami Heat!