While Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell appear to be the Heat’s main targets, an NBA executive believes Miami could also bring in an experienced free agent this off-season.
Once again, Erik Spoelstra has lead Heat to a deep run in the playoffs last season. Even in a year of injuries, Miami managed to finish on top of the East and reach the Conference Finals.
This season, however, they will have to live up to it the expectations they have aroused last year. The Heat proved they could be contenders, but it looks like they’re still a few miles away from a championship.
Unsurprisingly, they seem interested in adding another star to their roster, with Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell top of their wish list. But Pat Riley could also explore free agency, as one NBA executive reportedly told heavy.com That LaMarcus Aldridge could move to South Beach this summer.
Rumor: LaMarcus Aldridge could land in Miami
“Aldridge is now 37, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he decided to retire” An Eastern Conference executive told Heavy’s NBA Insider Sean Deveney. “But he can still score. He still has some value out there. He’d be a good fit in Boston, like a guy who can take a few shots down and step in when Rob Williams or… [Al] Horford needs a break. [Milwaukee] Bucks and Heat too. Eterribly team in the East, at the top of the East.
“Miami needs that one piece, that one big guy to push them over the top. Aldridge could grab a few minutes from PJ Tucker, although he’s clearly not on the same level as a defender. But he can shoot it. Miami needs depth there. He won’t be a starter but he can help.”
PJ Tucker proved last year how a veteran presence can help Miami. With Tucker in it Philadelphia, the Heat could really use the arrival of another experienced player. Aldridge turned them down last year to join the netsbut now he may reconsider after seeing how far the Heat can go.