Ask yourselves this — when does a 34 year old Shane Battier finally become more of a liability than an asset? What about a 33 year old Rashard Lewis? Or a 37 year old Ray Allen?
If the Miami Heat really want to improve their team next year they should do two things
1. Solidify their front line.
2. Get younger.
I’ve already made cases as to why the Heat should try and acquire Nikola Pekovic in the off-season and/or Al-Farouq Aminu. They bring interior toughness, youth, and athleticism to a team lacking some (if not all) of these characteristics.
The bottom line is, if you’re going to spend money, spend it on 23 or 27-year old talent, and not 34-year old talent, especially considering that you already have enough veterans as it is. (Norris Cole is the only Miami Heat player under the age of 25.)
I also think the Heat should try and trade some of their assets in for some draft picks, or young players with potential.
Why not trade Chris Bosh, or Udonis Haslem, or Mario Chalmers (now that the Heat have signed him)? I think getting young players with potential to learn from the LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra (who’s an underrated coach, in my opinion) will help this team much more than bringing back a surplus of old, injured, veterans that are past their prime.
“Bringing everybody back” does not make this team any better, and it certainly does not address any of the Heat’s weaknesses.