Point guard looks like it is still a pressing need for the Miami Heat. Incumbent point guard Mario Chalmers is a free agent and the Miami Heat look like they are content on letting him leave. They drafted Norris Cole in the first round before the lockout this summer. So who are the Heat interested in taking Chalmers spot on the Heat roster?
Enter Chauncey Billups. The New York Knicks have worked out a sign and trade with the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks for center Tyson Chandler. Chandler was a major problem for the Miami Heat in the NBA finals last season. What that acquisition means for the Knicks, I will take a look at that on a later post. To make sure they have the salary cap for Chandler, the Knicks are expected to amnesty cut Billups.
However there is a complex process that it would take for Billups to end up with the Heat. Once the Knicks amnesty cut Billups, a team under the salary cap has first priority to claim Billups. Billups has indicated no desire to play for a rebuilding team. If Billups and his agent are able to combat the mediocre teams interest in him, he could very well make it to the Heat and sign a minimum contract.
A lot has to happen for Billups to end up on the Heat and it is a long shot for it to happen. However, with Pat Riley as the GM of this team, you cannot doubt anything. If the Heat do acquire Billups, the team would be that much better. Billups is the perfect defender and playmaker the Heat are looking for at point guard.
If the Heat do not get Billups, Heat fans can expect to see Mario Chalmers back in Miami. That is not a bad thing either. Chalmers really played well in the Finals and could be a major asset going forward. Either way, Heat fans should not worry too much about the point guard situation this season.