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News » Miami Heat Roster Report 2009-10-19

Miami Heat Roster Report 2009-10-19

Miami Heat Roster Report 2009-10-19The first cuts of camp were a pair of longshot forwards, Andre Brown and Alade Aminu, who had almost no chance to stick from the start. Otherwise, the only player movement has been the signing of point guard Carlos Arroyo to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. The roster currently is at 17, two above the NBA regular-season maximum, although Heat president Pat Riley said because of the luxury tax it is more likely his team carries only 13 or 14 players. That leaves point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Shavlik Randolph and Anthony Tolliver in the greatest jeopardy.


G Dwyane Wade has firmly put himself in the class of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James with his 2009 scoring title and his 2006 championship ring. He not only excelled on offense last season, but also fueled the Heat transition game with his blocked shots and steals. The question now is whether he can sustain such high-level success.

G Mario Chalmers last season became the first Heat rookie to start all 82 regular-season games. Chalmers has proven to be the perfect backcourt complement to Wade, with his ability to hit open shots and step aside with the ball-handling when Wade steps forward. The next challenge is doing a better job keeping his man in front of him on defense.

C Jermaine O'Neal spent two months this summer working with noted Chicago trainer Tim Grover in the hope of regaining his former All-Star form. The Heat needs O'Neal to provide low-post scoring and do more off the glass than he did in his two months with the team last season. Considering he is in a contract year, there is hope for increased productivity.

F Michael Beasley followed up an uneven rookie season by getting himself into a tight spot this summer when it came to the NBA's substance-abuse program. Despite spending more than a month under the league's care in Houston, he was able to spend that time also working with Heat coaches. The question now is whether he settles in at small forward or power forward.

F Udonis Haslem remains a consistent presence on the front line with his rebounding and team defense. Haslem, in fact, might be the lone starter in this lineup with a defense-first approach. His rebounding remains essential, and he could be called upon for perimeter defensive assignments if he plays alongside Beasley.


F James Jones was brought in a year ago to provide three-point shooting and a possible role as the starting small forward. Instead he missed half the season after undergoing wrist surgery during training camp. He still has three more partially guaranteed years on his contract, so the Heat will be seeking to make this work.

G Daequan Cook was arguably the league's hottest three-point shooter over the first half of last season. Then it all went south after he won the three-point contest during All-Star Weekend. The goal in the offseason was to make him more complete, so when the outside shot is off, there will be at least the threat of taking his man off the dribble.

G Quentin Richardson was brought in primarily because it gave the Heat the ability to lose Mark Blount's expiring contract and attitude. But Richardson also is friends with Wade, which makes him a friend of the Heat. He lost a ton of weight in the offseason, but still will find it a tight squeeze in a crowded perimeter rotation.

C Joel Anthony is coming off a strong summer with the Canadian national team. While Jamaal Magloire also is on the roster at center, the Heat believes Anthony's shot-blocking makes him a unique talent and management still has hopes of getting him minutes at power forward.


G Chris Quinn (bruised foot) is in a walking boot for at least a week.

G Dwyane Wade (ribs) still is experiencing stiffness and is expected to limit his minutes.

C Jermaine O'Neal (foot) got kicked in the foot during practice a week ago by Joel Anthony and missed nearly a week of work.

F Dorell Wright (knee) continues to experience swelling, after undergoing procedures in each of the previous two seasons.

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