As the Heat await a resolution to the Lillard situation, who is the free agent that got away?
Escarpio: With their timetable, it’s Christian Wood or Kelly Oubre Jr. They couldn’t go snag a bigger fish early in the offseason because they had to prepare for Lillard, but letting those two guys sign with other teams, despite being on the market for so long, was questionable.
Sims: Seeing the Kelly Oubre Jr. to Philly notification ruined my day. He’s a gritty player that would fit right in Miami. Spoelstra would’ve gotten the most out of Oubre.
The Miami Heat still have a few roster spots to fill before the season starts, and these free agents should be on their radar.
Masood: I wasn’t terribly beholden to any of the names who were out there in August and early September, but Dario Sarić would’ve been a hand-in-glove fit as a backup big for this roster. Even if he’s no longer playoff-rotation caliber, the Heat badly need 82-game innings-eaters to keep the core of the team fresh.
Coelho: Although Christian Wood and Kelly Oubre Jr. are the most notable ones, I think the Heat could’ve pursued some other veterans like Eric Gordon, Seth Curry and Jae Crowder. With or without Dame, depth might be a problem for Miami this season.