The Miami Heat's embarrassing loss to tne Brooklyn Nets, exposed roster flaws which can't be covered over with Heat Culture alone. Talent matters and injuries have taken their toll to the point where Udonis Haslem has seen action in several games lately.
The return of James Johnson and Justise Winslow should help matters, but other injuries might strike the Heat further on down the road during a crucial stretch of the season. Upgrading via a trade or two would help if the Heat had tradeable assets. Lack of draft picks and injured players such as Dion Waiters and Winslow make roster moves difficult.
Since the Miami Heat identity is built on defense first, a look at which G-League players excel in defensive ratings yields some names. One of them is a 6’5”, 190 lbs guard the Nets released by the name of Tahjere McCall. The 23 year-old has a DefRtg of 93.0 and the Long Island Nets won 14 of 21 games with him on the court.
“McCall was the Ohio Valley Conference Defense Player of the Year in both 2016-17 and 2015-16. He earned a spot on the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team, was second on the team with 14.3 points to go with 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game, and broke TSU’s single-season steals record against Eastern Kentucky (2/18/17) after setting the record of 72 a year ago.”
By the way he played college ball in Tennessee like Josh Richardson, but for the Tennessee State University Tigers instead of the University of Tennessee..
Another older prospect is a Frenchman Yannis Morin, who has a DefRtg of 91.2 and assist to turnover ratio of 2.25. Eventhough he's a forward, he brings the defensive identity the Heat are renown for.
Ira Winderman speculated on the possibilities of a upcoming personnel decisions.
"That 45-day limit [of two-way contracts] is pro-rated, so a player signed at the Jan. 15 deadline would be allowed about 23 days of NBA service the balance of the season.
"For example, the Heat could be out of NBA days with Derrick Walton Jr. by then. Do they then make a move for a different two-way player (teams can carry up to two at a time) to get more available days in advance of the Feb. 8 trading deadline?"