2015 Free Agent Primer: Who Should the Miami Heat Target

Guards

Iman Shumpert (R) (RE-SIGNED WITH CLEVELAND FOR 4 YEARS, 40 MILLION )

Cleveland’s going to have their hands full bringing back LeBron and Kevin Love. Maybe Iman shakes loose? Only a 34% three-point shooter, but an excellent defender that would make for the perfect backup to Wade the Heat desperately need.

Aaron Brooks

Diminutive point guard that can get really hot really quick. Having one of the best seasons of his career with Chicago, averaging 11.6 points on 42% shooting and 3.1 assists, and is hitting 39% from three. Defense is a problem, as is his finishing ability at only 51%.

Alan Anderson

Streaky shooter that has shot less than 35% from three in three consecutive seasons. Plays solid defense, but is inconsistency and poor shot selection what you want right now? Check out his game log last year if you want to talk yourself out of him.

Jeremy Lin

Runs an excellent pick-and-roll and does a great job at finding his teammates. Shooting career-high 37% on threes this year, while averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 assists per 36 minutes. Would make for an excellent backup to Dragic. 60% finisher at the rim. Not bad for someone playing on this Lakers roster.

Marco Belinelli (SIGNED WITH SACRAMENTO FOR 3 YEARS, 19 MILLION)

39% career three-point shooter you can rely to hit threes and mid-range jumpers. Great in catch-and-shoot situations after shooting 38% on 3.7 threes per game. One of the best shooters available.

Wayne Ellington

A great shooter and not much else, but that shouldn’t be an issue to the Heat. He’s shooting 37% from three this year and 38% over his six-year career. Averaging career-high 10 points per game thanks to playing fill-in role for Kobe Bryant.

Danny Green (RE-SIGN WITH SAN ANTONIO SPURS FOR 4 YEARS, 44 MILLION)

Would be perfect for Heat, but would be difficult to see him leaving San Antonio. Extremely underrated defender that also happens to shoot 42% from three in his career. Has shot better than 41% from three in past four years.

Gary Neal (SIGNED WITH WASHINGTON FOR 1 YEAR, 2 MILLION)

Has fallen off the map since leaving the Spurs. After shooting better than 35% from three in each of his first four years, he’s shooting 31% this year in stints with Charlotte and Minnesota. That could be good for Heat, though, as he could come cheap. Stunningly bad finishing at the rim converting 36% this year.

Rodney Stuckey

Having an unbelievable year shooting the ball. He’s a 31% career three-point shooter, but is hovering around 40% this season to go along with 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He’d make for an excellent backup, but might be too expensive after excellent year.

Marcus Thornton

Former Heat draft pick has been bouncing around the league, playing for four different teams in past two years. Has been awful in 9 games with Phoenix (2-for-19 from three), but was hitting 42% of his threes earlier in the year with Boston. He’s a 36% career three-point shooter. Should come cheap after finishing overpaid contract.

Lou Williams

Undersized for a shooting guard at only 6-2, but makes up for it with great isolation play. He’s having a career-year coming off of Toronto’s bench, averaging a career-high 15.3 points per game (22 points per 36 minutes), and is shooting 34% from three. He should be a priority.

Forwards

Gerald Green

Would be ideal for Heat. Solid shooter, 37% from three for his career, and a freak athlete that would make fastbreaks with Goran even more fun than they already are. Has fallen off a little after breakout 2013-14 year with Phoenix when he averaged 15.8 points and shot 40% from three.

Dorell Wright

Bring him home! Minutes in Portland have dipped to only 12 MPG this year, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to pry him away. 38% three-point shooter that would give the Heat a serious spot-up threat. Not versatile at all, though. He’s a spot-up shooter and that’s it.

Brandon Bass

Would be a quality replacement for Udonis. Excellent mid-range threat, shooting 46% in the 18-24 foot range, that can power to the rim. Averaging 10.7 points on 51% shooting to go along with 4.8 rebounds per.

DeMarre Carroll (SIGNED WITH TORONTO RAPTORS FOR 4 YEARS, 60 MILLION)

Would be surprising to see him leave Atlanta, but would definitely be worth going after if Luol Deng doesn’t return. Excellent defender with great lateral quickness that can shoot the ball well, hitting nearly 40% of his 4.3 three-point attempts per game this year.

Thomas Robinson (SIGNED WITH BROOKLYN for 2 years, 2 million)

The 5th pick of the 2012 draft has already played for four different teams. Has played well in 19 games with Philadelphia, averaging 8.7 rebounds and 7.6 in only 18 minutes per game. Great athlete that just turned 24-years-old. Would be a solid third-string power forward behind McRoberts and Bosh.

Mike Dunleavy (RE-SIGN WITH CHICAGO BULLS FOR 3 YEARS, 14 MILLION)

Excellent veteran shooter that provides a much needed, consistent touch from three at the three and four spots. Has shot between 38-43% from three for the past five years and would be ideal off the bench. Turns 35 at the start of the year. Makes up for defensive limitations with physical play. 41% in catch-and-shoot situations last year.

Jared Dudley (EXERCISED PLAYER OPTION TO REMAIN WITH MILWAUKEE BUCKS)

Unathletic and turning 30-years-old by the start of next season, but a great shooter (40% from three over his eight-year career) that would serve nicely as a veteran backup at the two and three positions.

Centers

Joel Anthony

Bring him along with Dorell Wright and you’ll have the 2008-09 Heat but with more experience. Hasn’t been able to receive consistent minutes in Detroit and Boston. Pick-and-roll defense would be hugely appreciated in Miami, as would his shot-blocking prowess backing-up Hassan. Miami hasn’t won a title since he left. COINCIDENCE?

Kosta Koufos

True 7-footer that can score reasonably well around the rim. Solid rebounder averaging 5.2 boards per, 11.2 per 36 minutes, with Memphis. Could shake loose with Memphis likely to invest all their interest in free agent Marc Gasol.

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