The Miami Heat signed Greg Oden Friday and now have 13 players with guaranteed contracts heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. It has already been reported that the team would like to add a cheap, veteran wing player to replace Mike Miller.
The Heat have the rights to Jarvis Varnado and James Ennis, but neither are guaranteed to make the roster.
If the Heat add a veteran on the wing, they will want someone that can shoot consistently, be an improvement from James Jones defensively and could alleviate some regular rotation guys during the regular season. Three players currently in free agency fit the bill.
Telfair, 28, would be the third point guard behind Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Many teams in the NBA carry more than two point guards in the regular season. The Heat had just the two last season.
The second is DeShawn Stevenson, who has made public his desire to play in Miami. Stevenson is closer to a replacement for Miller than Telfair is, but of everyone on this list, Telfair is the only one Miami has reportedly shown interest in.
It’s possible the Heat are happy with Jones and Rashard Lewis playing more minutes next season, and surely were prepared to do so.
The third player that fits the bill is Dahntay Jones — someone that Miami Heat reporter Ira Winderman has mentioned multiple times as an apt replacement.
Jones is a lanky guard, like Miller, that shoots well (though not as well as Miller) and plays good defense (better than Miller). Jones is someone that makes sense, and could come cheap.
Some other names to keep an eye on are Lamar Odom, Al Harrington, Mo Williams, Richard Hamilton and, midway through the season, Caron Butler.