While the Miami Heat seem to have found themselves a rejuvenated Joe Johnson out on the wing since signing him after the Brooklyn Nets bought out the rest of his albatross of a contract, Miami still may look to upgrade the three in NBA free agency this summer.
Miami’s starting small forward Luol Deng is set to hit free agency as well, so the Heat could end up losing both Deng and Johnson this summer. With center Hassan Whiteside and shooting guard Dwyane Wade also hitting free agency and power forward Chris Bosh’s lingering health issues, the Miami roster could look vastly different come the first game of 2016-17.
Wade will likely stay in South Beach, and Bosh will probably be back in time to start 2016-17 after his unfortunate battle with blood clots. If the Heat lose both Deng and Whiteside, who will executive Pat Riley find in free agency to help the Heat out on the wing to offset those departures?
Riley could look to court native Floridian Chandler Parsons to play small forward for the Heat in 2016-17. He’ll likely give the Heat better production than they are getting from aging veteran in Deng, and would provide the Heat with another player to build around with point guard Goran Dragic once both Wade and Bosh exit their primes.
While most of the logical fits for Parsons in NBA free agency exist in the Western Conference, should cap space become available in Miami, he could wind up playing for the Heat next season for another strong team under head coach Erik Spoelstra.
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