The Miami Heat got started on their offseason a lot earlier than anyone in the organization would have liked to. After making a run to the NBA Finals in the Orlando Bubble, Miami was bounced in the first round of the playoffs this season by the Milwaukee Bucks, getting swept 4-0.
While there may not be wholesale changes for the Heat this offseason, such as what is happening with their Eastern Conference foes in the Boston Celtics, there will certainly be some adjustments to help get the team back to contending.
One area of need for the Heat is at the center position. Dewayne Dedmond, who joined the team on April 8th, was getting rotation minutes in the playoffs. That tells you all you need to know about how dire the need is to find help alongside Bam Adebayo in the middle.
Luckily for Miami, this year’s free-agent class does have some centers they can target. One player, in particular, to keep an eye on is Andre Drummond.
According to Ethan Skolnick Drummond is still on the Heat’s radar as we head closer to NBA free agency. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Miami showed interest in the 27-year old former UConn product following his buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Drummond ultimately ended up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Drummond has worked tirelessly to adapt to the current NBA landscape and improve his shooting, but his throwback style will be difficult for any team to consistently win with. While he produces gaudy statistics, they do not always translate to wins.
If they are unable to lock up Andre Drummond, the Miami Heat could also turn their attention to Richaun Holmes or Nerlens Noel, two more centers that should receive nice paydays this summer. Veterans such as Bismack Biyombo and JaVale McGee would also help improve the team’s second unit as defensive anchors.