He’s not the force of nature he once was, but Amar’e Stoudemire at age 32 still has a role in the NBA. Last season — split between New York and Dallas — he averaged 11.5 points a game (in the 59 games he played in) and shot 55.7 percent. His PER was a very good 20.3. In a limited role (and with his minutes monitored) he can provide some value.
Pat Riley recognizes this and he’s going after the veteran forward — and Riley wins most of his recruiting battles for Miami.
From Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:
Stoudemire will have other suitors (if DeAndre Jordan decides to return to the Clippers, Zwerling says the Mavs will make a play to retain Stoudemire).
That said, Stoudemire seems a good fit in Miami. The Heat will start Chris Bosh at the four and Hassan Whiteside at center, and then bring Josh McRoberts and Chris Andersen in behind them. You can see Stoudemire getting run in that mix — and doing well.
Miami is going to be a good team next season if they can stay healthy, maybe the top four in the East. Stoudemire would help that along. Plus living in Miami in the winter doesn’t suck. They probably have an entire spa dedicated to red wine baths down there.
The Heat are reportedly looking to trade Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen.
At least their asking price is right.
Zach Lowe of ESPN:
Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen are available for nothing, per several league sources, and the Heat have even put out Shabazz Napier feelers with an eye on carving out extra cap room next summer.
Andersen ($5 million) and Chalmers ($4.3 million) have expiring contracts. There isn’t a long-term obligation for Miami or a team that would take those two.
But the Heat face a large tax bill with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic returning. So, they have incentive to move Andersen and Chalmers this season.
Easier said than done, though.
Andersen turns 37 next month, and he’s declining. Chalmers just had the worst season of his career. Maybe a team left with cap room after most free agents sign would take one or the other, but that’s far from a lock.
The Heat might need to include a sweetener, though they can’t trade any more future first-round picks. Second-rounders could work, or Miami could entice a team with Napier – which would cut payroll even further.
Dragic, Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside give the Heat an impressive and balanced starting lineup. But depth might run too expensive – at least if they can afford the cost of dumping Chalmers and Andersen. Getting nothing in return might not be enough.
UPDATE: Pat Riley and the Miami Heat got their foot in the door — Riley will have a dinner meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge Thursday to try and convince him to come to Miami, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
This is still a crazy longshot — they already have an arguably better version of Aldridge in Bosh — but the Heat are at least going to get to take their swings.
The Spurs are still the team to beat. The Lakers are getting a second chance to make a first impression. The Suns knocked it out of the park in their meeting and moved into contention. The Knicks never even got up to the plate.
And now the Miami Heat want to take a swing.
The Heat are trying to get a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Adriam Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
It seems a real longshot for a couple of reasons. First off, in Chris Bosh the Miami Heat already have a player with a similar skill set and style of play to Aldridge (and Bosh is the better defender).
Second, the Heat do not have nor can they easily create cap space. The only way to make this work is a sign-and-trade. They could sign-and-trade Bosh for Aldridge, but that is basically and even swap. In theory they could sign-and-trade Wade but they would never do that (and Portland doesn’t want him). Or, they could sign-and-trade for Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and other players. Not sure Portland does that either.
But the Heat at least want to get up to the plate. That would put them ahead of the Knicks.