The NBA season is quickly approaching as the calendar turns to September. The Miami Heat are now just over a month away from their first preseason game of the year on October 4 against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Heat have arguably been the most active team in free agency this offseason and not necessarily by choice (thank you LeBron James). After resigning the top guys (Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade) and some of the second-tier players (Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Danny Granger), the Heat then looked to fill out the roster (most notably Shannon Brown and Reggie Williams).
The organization has been linked to Nazr Mohammed, Emeka Okafor and Andray Blatche in the last week or so. The thinking here is that the Heat would would be able to limit Chris Bosh’s minutes as the primary center should they add another big.
Because of age (Mohammed), injury concerns (Okafor), and money (Blatche), I am not sure that any of these three are realistic for the Heat. There is, however, another quality free agent on the market who could help the Heat this season.
Wayne Ellington would be an ideal fit on this Miami Heat roster. The 26-year-old sharpshooting guard would give the Heat more depth behind Dwyane Wade – something they should anticipate needing over the long season.
For his career, Ellington is shooting just under 39% from three. He shot a career-high 42% last season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, appearing in 45 regular season games.
Elliington would provide the Heat with a legitimate shooter from beyond the arc and would help spread the floor when he is on the court. With Shane Battier retiring and Ray Allen likely moving on from the Heat, the team could use a player with his skill set.
The Sacramento Kings waived Ellington on Sunday after acquiring him from the New York Knicks just a few weeks prior. Ellington began his career in Minnesota and has spent time with Memphis, Cleveland, and Dallas over his five-year career.