Target: Elton Brand
Experience: 14 Years
Fit: A two-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year, Brand averaged 20-and-10 during his time with the Clippers, but his production waned with Dallas (7.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 47% FG). His defense is still very good, averaging 1.3 blocks last season in addition to his strength defending the post. Brand can play both power forward and center; serving as a upgrade over the Heat’s Joel Anthony. He can rebound better than Anthony and has a decent jumper in the mold of Chris Bosh. Brand could be a very interesting option off the bench.
Likelihood: Brand would be an improvement over Anthony and Rashard Lewis, and he has wanted to play for Miami in the past. However, that pesky salary cap would make it nearly impossible to sign Brand unless he decides to take the veteran’s minimum. The Heat can sign Brand to a mid-level exception contract as well, but doing so would make resigning Chris “Birdman” Andersen unlikely. Brand can definitely contribute more at the minimum than Juwan Howard and Jarvis Varnado did last year, but his age, along with his willingness to take a pay cut, may be a concern moving forward.