Thursday , Sep , 27 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Miami Heat Chasing Minnesota T-Wolf Ricky Davis, Phoenix Suns’ Shawn Marion, & Utah Jazz’s Andrei Kirilenko

So the Heat has choices. But, in a sense, they don’t have a choice. The club must do something. After all, most Eastern Conference clubs improved during the summer and Pat Riley’s squad failed to keep pace …

The Miami Herald reports that the Heat are interested in Ricky Davis:

The Heat’s interest likely centers on swingmen Ricky Davis and Trenton Hassell, veterans who apparently don’t fit in Minnesota’s plans to rebuild … Davis, 28, averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds last season and is due $6.8 million in the final year of his expiring contract.

The Herald also reports that Pat Riley and Miami are looking at acquiring Shawn Marion or Andrei Kirilenko:

The Heat could also take one more swing at a blockbuster deal and is monitoring the potential availability of disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Shawn Marion and Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko.

My Quick Take: There are two ways can upgrade their roster: the easy way and the hard way.

The easy way would be to take a run at guard . The T’ Wolves are rebuilding around their youngsters and the fear is that Slick Rick could turn into a locker room malcontent. Remember, the Cleveland Cavaliers dealt Davis during LeBron James’ first season for this exact reason. The veteran two-guard, because of his reputation, will be available.

Davis is also cheap. He makes seven million dollars per season, which is a reasonable wage for such a talented player.  And his contract also expires at the end of the season, always a positive. Davis’ athleticism, defense, and scoring could be an asset in South Beach.

The hard way would be to take a run at Marion or Kirilenko. These two forwards are better than Davis, so Phoenix and Utah would want something tangible in return. The Matrix and AK-47 both have expensive contracts and, right now, the Suns and Jazz aren’t even saying if their stars are available. 

So the Heat has choices. But, in a sense, they don’t have a choice. The club must do something. After all, most Eastern Conference clubs improved during the summer and Pat Riley’s squad failed to keep pace.

Who should the Heat acquire: Ricky Davis, Shawn Marion, or Andrei Kirilenko? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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