Miami Likely To Pass on Former All-Stars, Unless They Sign for Two Years

July 27th, 2010 by Benny Vargas Leave a reply »

Word coming out of Heat camp is that three former NBA All-Stars have all stated that they would be interested in signing with Miami.

Those figures, of course, being Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Tracy McGrady.

Now, while definitely past their primes, all three can still start on most teams in the league. They can also command more money than a veteran minimum salary.

So then why haven't the Heat jumped on this and offered a deal to any one of them already?

Many would hint that it's because Pat Riley doesn't want to risk bringing in a potential locker room cancer, but that's not it at all.

From what I heard, the Heat were receptive to the overtures except for one thing: all three offered to join the Heat for one season. They all covet a ring, in Shaq's case one more to tie Kobe Bryant. However, none of them wants to sign a multi-year deal.

All three want the publicity that comes form joining this team during the 2010-2011 season—a season in which the Heat will be the biggest thing in sports. Still, after they'd hopefully get thier ring they all want to be able to ...

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