Last week, I threw around a few ideas I had for what options the Heat have in terms of roster moves in order to keep Dwyane Wade happy and in Miami.
One of those options did not include signing Allen Iverson, and by the looks of it, what some thought to be a sure thing, now seems unlikely. Why is that? Well, it's because Iverson is now in "serious talks" with the LA Clippers, who seem to be willing to offer him the $5.8 million mid-level exception, something the Heat aren't offering.
But back to the options I tossed around last week. Since that post went up, Wade has apparently made a push for the team to trade for fellow Olympian Carlos Boozer (option three!)
Trading for Boozer though, probably isn't the best move for the Heat, since it would include trading Michael Beasley (who should be given another year to prove himself despite Wade calling him "slow-footed"). Also, it brings in an injury-prone under-sized PF/C in Boozer, who has been known to bail on a team looking to re-sign him.
So let's forget about making a push for Boozer right now, because Option Two from my little post seems to have some potential. No, not David Lee (not yet, at least). Lamar Odom.
Word out of the LA Times is that the Heat have made offers to Odom, who is a free agent. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he isn't as hopeful about re-signing Odom, citing a feeling he has. Regardless, this opens the door for the Heat to bring Odom back to Miami, which traded him to the Lakers in 2004 in the Shaq deal.
"The Heat has only the midlevel exception of $5.8 million but might be willing to give Odom a five-year, $34-million deal."
I think a potential lineup of Jermaine O'Neal, Odom, Beasley, Wade and Mario Chalmers could be pretty good.
Keep in mind though that nothing is official until contracts are signed, and that likely won't happen until Paul Millsap either ends up signing with Portland or if the Jazz can match the Blazers' offer. So until then, we wait and see what else is going to happen in the crazy world of NBA free agency.