Question of the Day: If the Miami Heat want to win it all, do they need to make a move, or can they stand pat?
Writers from around Tribune Co. weigh in on the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses, and feel free to leave a comment of your own.
K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
News flash: No team is going to help the Heat. So making a trade, particularly with limited assets, will prove difficult. Just look how much former No. 2 pick Michael Beasley fetched last summer. Granted, the Heat were in clear-the-cap mode. But the point is: When you pull off the unprecedented landing of Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in one summer, that's your team for the next season. Frankly, adding the parts Pat Riley did---Mike Miller and the re-signing of Udonis Haslem---was remarkable. Riley knew, at least for this season, he'd sink or swim with this group. It still says here he'll sink---in a thrilling playoff loss to the Celtics. Then, some more maneuvering can follow.
[Updated at 10:47 a.m.
Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been asked this question all season long. When responding, he always gives the same answer: "I think we have enough."
Spoelstra should quit thinking and just say the Heat has enough. The question has resurfaced because Miami has lost four straight games. Never mind that the Heat won 21 of the 22 previous games. This is the Heat, and every stretch of the season is analyzed like college football by fans and media. A few midseason losses won't keep the Heat from playing in a major bowl.
So Miami has hit a few bumps recently. It happens. Just ask the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, yet no one seems to question if those teams need more.
The Heat have plenty right now. They have dealt with chemistry issues since the team was formed. Adding to the roster would only destroy the progress they've already made.]
[Updated at 11:55 a.m.
Mark Heisler, Los Angeles Times
The Heat definitely need a 7-foot, shot-blocking center who hits the occasional shot and takes the occasional rebound, as opposed to Joel Anthony, who blocks shots but doesn't do much else, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who makes shots but doesn't do much else.
Now if they can just find someone to donate one!
With three superduperstars and nine role players, the Heat have no other players anyone wants, so Pat Riley won't able to make big moves via trades.
Finding a free agent to come for less money -- after the season -- is something else. Almost the entire roster took less to be there this season and, with their future assured -- and South Beach too! --the dynamic should remain in place for years.
We've already seen how good this team can be, not because of its offensive prowess, which is all anybody talks about, but because it's so good in its defensive scheme.
Add in one big guy and everyone will really be in trouble. Happily for the rest of the league, that may take a while.]
Photo: Miami Heat players talk during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 27. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire