One league source said the Miami Heat are expected to make a run at Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins after he becomes a free agent this summer, even though the Heat will be limited with what they can offer.
While Perk would certainly help boost the Heat's sagging front line, they have virtually no money to spend in free agency.
The Heat have $60 million committed to 7 players in 2011-12 (Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Miller, Haslem, Anthony and Pitman).
Miami can offer the MLE ($5-6 million per year), but we think Perk is worth more. Example – If Brendan Haywood can net a 6 year, $55 million deal, then Perkins won't have to settle for MLE money.
The Celtics also have the advantage because they can use Bird rights to pay him whatever they want. Of course the new CBA might change the game significantly.