Miami Heat: Will There Be A Robust Market For Dewayne Dedmon?

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a shot while being defended by Dewayne Dedmon #21 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a shot while being defended by Dewayne Dedmon #21 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat were in desperate need of help this season in a few areas. While they were able to land the services of Trevor Ariza, via trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, to secure their depth and starting lineup, they struggled with depth in the big positions for much of the year.

Getting mauled on the glass, in the paint, and right at the rim, at times, the Miami Heat were eventually forced to do something. Then it happened.

On April 8th of this past year, the Miami Heat brought in seven-year NBA veteran, Dewayne Dedmon. Though he took a few games worth of time with the team to get his wind and conditioning up to speed, he was immediate energy from the start once he began to receive playing time.

He was an integral part of what the Miami Heat did coming down the stretch, though in short spurts. In just limited minutes, he was very productive, at times being their best player in both regular and postseason appearances.

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The Miami Heat got their money’s worth when they signed Dewayne Dedmon this past season and they should be looking to hand him some more.

In just 13.1 minutes played and across just 16 games with the Miami Heat, Dedmon averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game on over 70 percent shooting from the field. Yes, he only averaged just over four attempts per contest but 70 percent is 70 percent, no matter which way it’s sliced.

When you look at some of the other names that will or could be available this offseason at the big position, you have guys like: Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez, Cody Zeller, Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, Richaun Holmes, Frank Kaminsky, Enes Kanter, Jarrett Allen, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, Kelly Olynyk, Montrezl Harrell, Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis, Blake Griffin and many others.

Here’s the thing though, few of these guys have the motor that Dewayne Dedmon displayed for Miami this season during his time. There are guys on this list who could be better for a particular team, depending on that team’s and player’s style of play, however, if an energy guy is your thing, then there are few there that stack up like Dedmon when he gets going.

The Miami Heat should do all they can to bring him back and with some of the other names on the market, there are two positives to potentially getting it done. The first is that there are a ton of guys available, in general but secondly, there are none that should absolutely break the bank to the point of of over-inflating Dedmon’s value.

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There will be suitors but, again, the Miami Heat should be able to get it done. Hopefully, Dedmon was partial to his short stint and wants to keep it going.