I think next season it would be extremely difficult. Now, I’m
convinced that Michael Beasley is going to stay on the roster because
they can’t give him away for a ham sandwich. They’re trying to pass him
off on every team in the league, which is a little mind-boggling
considering that two years ago this guy was the No. 2 pick in the draft.
We were arguing about being possibly the No. 1 pick with Derrick Rose.
Their willingness to just give him away is a little baffling.
But you make the point, even if those three guys sign, you’re left
with Mario Chalmers suddenly becomes the Rajon Rondo of the Miami Heat,
where he sort of he’s sort of an unknown commodity and he has to play
exceptionally well for them to succeed. But the other problem is they
don’t have a Kendrick Perkins equivalent. There’s no center down there.
There’s nobody down there. They’re going to have to sign a Mikki Moore
to play center for that position. They’re going to have fill up the rest
of the roster with veteran minimum salary players.
I think come next year, if maybe Beasley proves himself he can be a
trade shipment and you can use that whole mid-level exception to use on
one guy and maybe spread it out over two guys, I think that next year
they’re in a better position. But I’m not convinced guys that even if
those three guys come together — and I’m sure they’re going to win 65 to
70 regular season games — I’m not convinced they’re getting out of the
Eastern Conference. I mean, if Boston can get their act together and
Kendrick Perkins can come back in the second half of the season and give
them something close to what he gave them last year, I think they’re
still going to be considered the favorite. I just think they still have
enough left in the tank to make one more run and chemistry-wise and
talent-wise, I think even though they have all the stock power down
there in Miami, I don’t believe they have enough to get past the Celtics
or even maybe Chicago in the conference finals.
Mannix makes some good points. There is no money left for anybody of significance.
The Celtics Big 3 succeeded because of defense. Will that be the mantra of this Heat team?