The Miami Heat are going to undergo some major changes this offseason. After making it to the NBA Finals in the Orlando Bubble and losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Heat were swept out of the first round by the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Adjustments to the roster were most certainly going to be made. Miami has a ton of players entering free agency, so the team will have some new faces for the 2021-22 season.
Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn are both hitting restricted free agency. Both should draw plenty of interest as Robinson is one of the best shooters in the league and Nunn has proven to be a good scoring point guard.
Veterans Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala have expensive $19.4 million and $15 million team options. Depending on what route the Heat take to upgrading the roster, whether it is signing free agents or making trades, will determine if Dragic and Iguodala have their options declined.
The Heat does not have a selection in the 2021 NBA Draft, but they will be prepared should the opportunity arise to nab a pick. Miami is prepared for anything, as they have been linked to some of the biggest names available this season.
What route will Miami eventually take? We know Pat Riley and company will swing for the fences whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Here are three perfect free agency targets for the Heat to consider.
3. Tim Hardaway Jr.
One thing the Miami Heat needs to do this offseason is adding some offensive punch. The team was over-reliant on Jimmy Butler to score and create offense for others. Bam Adebayo’s offensive game is nowhere near as developed as his defense, so adding another bonafide scorer to the group would help.
Tim Haradway Jr. is one player that would fit the bill. Should Miami pursue him, the feeling would be mutual, as Hardaway would reportedly ‘love’ to sign in South Beach. It is an organization he and his family know well as his father, Tim Hardaway Sr. played there for more than five seasons.
While Jr. doesn’t have the same playmaking and passing skills as Sr., he can fill it up. Tim Hardaway Jr. emerged as the Dallas Mavericks’ second most reliable player alongside Luka Doncic, something no one expected to happen when he was traded by the New York Knicks there along with Kristaps Porzingis.
Tim Hardaway Jr. took his 3-point shooting to another level with the Mavericks, knocking down 38.6 percent in his 2.5 seasons there and at least 39.1 percent each of the last two seasons.
That is something Miami could use, as Duncan Robinson was the only true 3-point threat the team had and could leave in free agency this summer.