9 Players the Miami Heat gave up on way too early

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7. Patrick Beverley, cut in 2010

In what might’ve been the biggest “what if” during the Miami Heat’s Big Three era (with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh), the team decided to cut Patrick Beverley after a relatively impressive showing in training camp in 2010. The Heat clearly wanted to go with more veteran options and decided to pass on an unproven and somewhat undersized point guard.

Little did the Heat know that Beverley would end up carving out a very nice career for him just a couple of years late? Beverley reemerged with the Houston Rockets a couple of years later in which he catapulted to what has been a long career in the league. Nevertheless, he’s a player that would’ve made a huge difference in Miami. Especially in that first year of the Big Three when the Heat didn’t have many other productive players on the roster.

During the best season of his career, Beverley averaged 12 points and four rebounds on 40 percent shooting from 3-point range. Nearly every stop he’s had in the NBA, Beverley has played an important role for the team. After the Heat cut him in training camp, Beverley has gone on to have a very successful 11-year (and counting) career.