Should the Miami Heat take a look at Tristan Thompson?

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) defends Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) defends Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat need rebounding help. Tristan Thompson is not only a dominant rebounder when he’s right, but he could also end up coming for cheap.

I’m now on day 6 of looking at for potential free agents for the Miami Heat. You might be asking yourself, “good gosh, what’s wrong with this dude?”

I too have had those questions. After almost giving up, a name popped up on my screen.

That name was Tristan Thompson.

After scraping the bottom of the barrel, my mind went to the Cleveland center. Going from anchoring the middle of a Finals team, to playing on a team that couldn’t sniff the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, Tristan could use a change of scenery.

The Miami Heat need help in the middle. Could it come cheap?

At only 29 years old, Thompson could still bring a lot to the table on a new team. A high energy player, the Texas product averaged a double-double last season while only playing 30 minutes per contest.

If Tristan could commit to a reduced bench role, much like Goran did during the regular season, it’s not inconceivable to think he could have a big impact. The big question is his price tag.

Zach Lowe had Bobby Marks on The Lowe Post podcast last week to discuss everything free agency related. Thompson’s name came up and they both speculated that he could sign for as low as the Veteran’s Minimum.

I personally think that’s a little low and with Clutch being his representation, Tristan should be able to swing more than the minimum. If he can’t, then Miami should absolutely sign him.

I would sign one of you for the minimum if you can give me six solid fouls a game! That is the honest truth.

It also doesn’t hurt that Tristan loves the nightlife and his baby mama, Klohe Kardashian spends a good bit of time in Miami. Pat Riley wouldn’t put up with all the nonsense he got away with in Cleveland but if he signs for the minimum, he can just be waived.

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I would absolutely at least take a look at Tristan Thompson. Rebounding hurt this team last season and having an energetic big man coming off the bench could be exactly what Miami needs.