The Miami Heat’s Point Guard Problem Is Bigger Than This Season

March 10th, 2010 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
Rafer Alston's unexpected departure and suspension last week has drawn speculation that the Miami Heat will target free agent point guard Mike James as his replacement.

James was released from the Washington Wizards on March 1 after averaging 4.5 points and 1.3 assists in the four games he played this season. At 34 and coming off the 10th team of his eight-year career, the journeyman point guard is hardly an appealing option.

But that's just the thing. The Heat haven't had a truly appealing option at point guard since Dwyane Wade had the honor his rookie season in 2003-04.

Damon Jones, Keyon Dooling, Jason Williams, Gary Payton, Smush Parker, Chris Quinn, Marcus Banks, Blake Ahern, Mario Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo, and Alston have all taken the helm for the Heat in the last six seasons since then.

It's been band-aids on gunshot wounds for years.

Heat President Pat Riley attempted to address the situation in 2007 by offering a five-year contract at the full mid-level to Milwaukee Bucks point guard Mo Williams.

After visiting Miami for a couple days and possibly coming to a verbal agreement—as the rumors go&md ...

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