Just days after their “win a ring, for the King campaign” came to a close with the winning of the Larry O'Brien trophy, the Miami Heat are already in the works to improve their roster for next season's title run.
Yes, it is true that the “Miami Thrice” headed by three-time MVP Lebron James is the main reason for the Heat's success, but without the contributing efforts of Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier and Mike Miller, the 2012 season could have been an entirely different story.
So with that in mind, team president Pat Riley is at it again, and this time it includes luring a big three member from the arch rival Boston Celtics, Ray Allen.
Rumors began swirling during the Heat's championship parade that Allen already has a deal in place to take his talents to South Beach for the 2013 season. However, the question is where and does Allen fit in Miami's system?
Looking at the roster, the Heat do not have any alarming free agents that need to be signed as the key members are in place for a repeat. However there can be improvements and adding a player with Allen's shooting capability boosts the chances of back to back championships.
Allen has always had the reputation of being a pure shooter since he was drafted 5th overall by Minnesota, and while age has caught up with Allen a bit (36), Allen is still a 45 percent shooter from the field and most importantly a 40 percent shooter from beyond the arc where he would thrive with James' and Dwyane Wade's drive and dish ability.
Allen has the attributes of being a winner that he has incorporated during his 15-year career, and when the big three was formulated in Miami, winning was the only option.
Allen's game play, which would primarily be off the bench, would be a huge asset as Miami has been known to lack depth. Allen is a big time shooter and when the 2012 Heat team looks at their season, they will realize their production from role players like Miller and Battier was crucial in beating Oklahoma City.
I do believe it may be more important to gain size in free agency, but with Allen in the grasp, the opportunity is too hard to pass up.
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