The Miami Heat have a big hole to fill at shooting guard after Dwyane Wade decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls. NBA rumors will creep up in Miami as they try to find a replacement and there are available players in free agency.
With Wade gone, the Heat only has Josh Richardson as the remaining shooting guard on their roster. Here are the five best options for Miami to sign in free agency and replace Dwyane Wade.
The newly-crowned NBA champion is arguably the best option for Miami at this point in free agency. There is no buzz surrounding J.R. Smith this summer as he is expected to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, per Chat Sports.
South Beach would be an interesting destination for the 30-year-old shooter. However, the absence of someone like LeBron James or Wade as a leader, he could lose his focus just like he did in New York.
Waiters has the best potential among the remaining shooting guard options in free agency. He is restricted free agent and the Oklahoma City Thunder has the right to match any offers for him. However, Kevin Durant leaving for the Bay Area makes Waiters’ return even more doubtful.
The 24-year-old plays like Wade, minus the high basketball IQ. He has the potential to become a really good player in this league and the Heat can bring out the best in him.
The 32-year-old veteran is not really a shooting guard but he could become the team’s playmaker and shift Goran Dragic to Wade’s old spot. He is coming off a knee injury but he would be ready by training camp. Jack is a low-risk, high reward signing the Heat should make.
One of the riskier options for Miami is Lance Stephenson. He has had a couple of disappointing seasons since leaving the Indiana Pacers in 2014. However, he found his groove back with the Memphis Grizzlies towards the end of the season.
According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN, Johnson has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. With Wade gone, the Heat should match the offer as they have the cap space to keep the 24-year-old guard.
Of course, Dwyane Wade is irreplaceable but the Miami Heat have no choice but to move on. They still have All-Star quality players such as Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. Chris Bosh, if he’s healthy, will be the Heat’s number one option on offense.
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