Prince to Miami?

I am among those who thinks Joe Dumars should have traded Prince for Caron Butler and Dallas’ first round pick. Given that there was so little trade buzz about Prince at last year’s deadline, I was anxious to take whatever trade we could get.

Obviously, that did not happen, and it appears tas though Dumars will try for a sign and trade if Prince cannot be re-signed outright.

Color me skeptical.

What does any Playoff team have that it is willing to part with that we would want in return for Prince? I struggle to find an answer to that question. A sign and trade seems very unlikely to me.

Still, Prince is the type of player that one would expect to sign one last large-ish contract, given his age and injury history. Four-five years, $25-30 million with a Playoff team looking to add one more piece to bolster their rotation. Shawn Marion signed that type of contract with Dallas, as a recent and familiar example.

Recent reports suggest Miami might be that team for Tayshaun Prince.

I have no strong preferences about where Prince signs his next contract. I wish him well, as he’s certainly contributed a great deal to the franchise. But Mosi Platt of the Miami Heat Index does have some strong feelings about wthe King doesn’t need a Prince.

As always, it’s a great read from Mosi. And for those who might have thought that this season was Tay’s best season, well, Mosi offers a differing perspective.

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10 thoughts on “Prince to Miami?

  1. Mosi’s article is an example of why “basketball analysis, strictly via WP” is mostly a waste of time.

    If the Heat were to use the following rotation next season:

    1st Unit
    PG – Marion Chalmers; OG – Dwyane Wade; SF – Tayshaun Prince [or Shane Battier, or Grant Hill]; PF – LeBron James; C – Chris Bosh

    2nd Unit
    PG – Eddie House [or, an as-yet-to-be-determined UFA PG-signing]; OG – James Jones; SF – Mike Miller; PF – Joel Anthony [or Dexter Pittman]; C – Zydrunas Ilagauskas [or Joel Anthony, or Juwon Howard, or Jamal Magloire]

    in all likelihood Miami would win the NBA championship, if Erik Spoelstra learn his lessons and does a better job than he did this past season.

    The Heat were the best team in the NBA Playoffs this pas season. Unfortunately, from Miam’s perspective: 1. Erik Spoelstra was “out-coached” by Rick Carlisle, by a WIDE margin; and, 2. Their lack of enough quality [i.e. combining defense, offense & rebounding] guard-forwards in arrears of LeBron James AND Mike Miller [who, unfortunately, was injured during much of the post-season] made it very difficult for them to use James as a PF – i.e. beside Chris Bosh – nearly enough of the time, and still be able to defend adequately against the Mavericks’ smaller line-up[s].

    Tayshaun Prince and Shane Battier and Grant Hill are far superior basketball players, compared to James Jones, as long as you include DEFENSE, Offense, and REBOUNDING into the mix, in the right dosages AND get the individual match-ups right … which, unfortunately, is where Erik Spoelstra came up short this past season.

  2. Sorry … leaving Haslem out of the Heat’s potential rotation was an oversight. Udonis should slide into what I posted before, as the primary back-up PF [i.e. either: A. Pushing Anthony down a rung, or B. Over to the primary back-up C position].

    re: Dalembert

    Samuel would also be a good add for Miami … if they can do it financially by subtracting either Howard or Magliore. Ilgauskas, however, is a perimeter shooting Big who the Heat need to keep on their roster. If Spoestra simply would’ve played Ilgauskas in Games 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals – i.e. in order to pull Chandler away from the basket – then, in all likelihoo, Miami would have beaten Dallas [or, at worst, forced Rick Carlisle into making another adjustment, in order to prevent the Mavs from losing].

    • Financially they don’t have to subtract anyone. They can use the MLE (or whatever the equivalent of that will be under the new CBA) on at least one FA, ideally Dalambert if he’ll sign at that price point.

      They can add up to the roster limit with vet min deals, like the ones Howard and Big Z had last year.

      Prince doesn’t fit their biggest need, so it doesn’t make sense to pursue him unless they can’t fill their C vacancy in free agency.

  3. IMO, Dalembert would not be interested in signing with Miami on a vet min contract. As an UFA, the MLE would not be the best use of the Heat’s resources, either, since he is a fairly unskilled offensive Big who routinely hunts bad shots … that disrupt the chemistry/harmony of a contending team … unlike, say, Tyson Chandler [who is terrific defensively, a good rebounder AND someone who understands his very limited role at the offense end of the floor].

    • Not suggesting that. Dalambert for the MLE or equivalent. He’ll be the best big man available for that price, if he’s not offered more somewhere else.

      Of course Chandler is better, but Chandler’s not signing in Miami for the MLE. Cuban will open the checkbook.

      Vet min deal comment was about players like Big Z… whom the Heat can add over and above the cap, assuming that still exists under the new CBA.

      If the MLE and vet min deals go away, the Heat are in a tough spot next season.

  4. I did not use Chandler as a comparison because I think Miami should sign him instead of Dalembert before next season. I used Chandler as a comparison of a Big Man who was worth adding LAST year, as Dallas did, in an effort to put them over the top.

    IMO, some make the mistake of thinking that Dalembert [money spent poorly] and Chandler [money spent well] are similar players when they are really not.

  5. I was amused by the Heat article featuring nice little tables showing why Prince isn’t up to the standards of “The Heat’s current SFs.” Of course, the Heat’s SF forward position was mostly LEBRON JAMES!!!!! If not being up to that standard is enough reason to avoid signing someone, the Heat are going to have a very small roster.

    The rest of the article makes his point reasonably effectively.

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