With the 2016-17 NBA season and the NBA Draft behind us, it is time to turn focus to free agency. The Miami Heat have a ton of of cap space to play with this offseason to go along with an already serviceable roster. Let’s take a look at the best options for the Heat when free agency begins.
I know what you are probably thinking, why would the Heat want Blake Griffin when they just drafted Bam Adebayo? Griffin could create one of the best backcourts in the league. It looks like Griffin is in the need of a change of scenery and what better fit than with Pat Riley in Miami. Don’t be surprised to see the Heat aggressively pursuit Griffin when free agency begins.
Gordon Hayward is going to be one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. Teams like the Celtics and Heat will be extremely aggressive for the services of Hayward. He had the best season of his career last year with the Utah Jazz, averaging 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He posted a terrific 22.2 PER last season, by far the best of his career. Hayward will not be an easy get for the Heat but he could instantly, with another piece, turn the Heat into serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat should use Millsap as a backup option in the case that they don’t get Griffin. Millsap brings more on the defensive end than Griffin but the Heat need some help with the low post scoring. Millsap would be a nice fit with Whiteside, making the Heat one of the toughest teams in the league to score in the paint on. I don’t think that Millsap could be the difference to turn the Heat into a contender in the Eastern Conference.
There are a lot of people around the league that aren't huge fans of Rudy Gay. Like I said with Millsap, he is sort of a back-up plan in the scenario that the Heat miss out on Gordon Hayward. Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season with the Sacramento Kings. He could bring the Heat exactly what they need on the offensive end of the floor.
With the amount of cap space that the Heat have for next season, they need to make at least one big move in free agency. One of the four players listed above need to be on the roster next season if the Heat want to not only make the playoffs but to make it out of the first round. Comment below with who you think would be the best fit for the Heat in free agency.