The Miami Heat are said to be gearing up for 2016 free agency already, but they still have two seasons ahead of themselves before that time comes. Given that, they need to build a formidable roster and given the return of Chris Bosh and the signing of Luol Deng, they’re on their way to doing so.
However, one thing the team lacks is shooting, especially off the bench. That’s why the Miami Heat have been interested in a variety of shooters this offseason, including Anthony Morrow who recently signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Leaving them few options, it appears the Heat have been digging at the bottom of the bargain barrel as they have reported interest in Brandon Rush.
One name the Heat have explored as a shooting option: Mario Chalmers' former Kansas teammate Brandon Rush
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 14, 2014
Coming off an ACL injury, it’s not known how effective Rush can be. However, there was a point and time in his career where Brandon Rush did put up solid numbers as a member of the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. Of course, it’s been over two seasons since Rush made an on-court impact as he struggled with the Utah Jazz last season in 38 games, though was still not completely back to health during much of that period.
Assuming the Miami Heat don’t commit anything outside of a veteran minimum contract to Rush, it will be a solid deal if the two sides can find a middle ground.
During Brandon Rush’s last ‘full’ season (in which he played 68 games), the former Kansas product (and teammate of Mario Chalmers) shot 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc.