Did you know that the Miami Heat just re-signed their All-Star Dwyane Wade and traded a few draft picks to Toronto and Cleveland in exchange for two more All-Stars in LeBron James and Chris Bosh? In society nowadays, you cannot be sure that everyone knows everything that's going on.
Now that Miami got their grand prizes (Bosh and LeBron for about $18.3 million per year and Wade for $17.8 million per year), Pat Riley's next challenge is to sign several more players to near-minimum contracts to fill out their "championship-caliber" roster.
Mario Chalmers (starting point guard; under contract and has no reason to leave Miami)
Derek Fisher (backup point guard; reportedly going to have a meeting with Pat Riley about potentially joining the Heat)
Kenny Hasbrouck (third point guard; rookie out of Siena who is under contract)
Dwyane Wade (starting shooting guard; second-best player in Miami now, but he is still the primary scoring option, closer, and team captain)
Mike Miller (backup shooting guard; just recently agreed to terms with the Heat and the Heat need shooters off the bench)
Quentin Richardson (third shooting guard; a great shooter who's always being moved around the league and should take a minimum contract to actually stay in one place for more than one year)
LeBron James (starting small forward; arguably the best player in the NBA and maybe even NBA history—though that's a stretch)
Da'Sean Butler (backup small forward; Miami draft pick out of West Virginia who should sign for the minimum for at least his rookie season)
Sasha Pavlovic (third small forward; spent last season in Minnesota and a great shooter who should sign for a near-minimum contract)
Chris Bosh (starting power forward; best free agent power forward and one of the best in the NBA, fantastic rebounder and post scorer with a mid-range shot)
Jarvis Varnado (backup power forward; Miami draft pick out of Mississippi State who should sign a minimum contract for his rookie season as well)
Brian Scalabrine (third power forward; unrestricted free agent out of Boston who brings some size and can also spread an offense or defense with his perimeter shooting skills, should sign for a minimum contract as he always does)
Brad Miller (starting center; Heat need a fifth man to fill out the starting lineup and Miller is a center that brings rebounding, height, and an outside game who should sign a minimum contract because he is aging and his skill level is decreasing)
Dexter Pittman (backup center; Miami draft pick out of Texas who brings lots of size and scoring ability down low and should sign a minimum contract for his rookie season)
Adonal Foyle (third center; veteran center who brings size and can match up with players like Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard and other big men when it comes to strength)
This should be a roster that Miami could afford for at least this coming season. They will be better because they will be able to afford a mid-level exception contract next summer.
Please comment on this article with your thoughts on my roster here and suggest other players you think could fit well in Miami.
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