Heat prez Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra flew to NC to meet with Jazz free agent forward Marvin Williams yesterday, a source told Yahoo.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 6, 2014
Granted, the Heat having to go out and recruit Marvin Williams isn't a terrific look, but they've been traveling to recruit free agents all over the country. The Heat are looking to add players around a prospective core of the Big 3, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, except no one really knows exactly how much money they each want, or how much cap space the Heat have in consideration of that.
But they need wings and point guards and centers, and Williams gets them a big-bodied shooter to put on the perimeter, something they put a premium on. Williams averaged 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds last season for the Jazz on 36-percent shooting from the outside. The Heat are also reportedly pursuing Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza, but both are considered, at least at this point, to be outside their price range.
James is set to meet with other teams in Cleveland next week, and there's debate as to whether he's legitimately interested in playing elsewhere or if this is a tactic to apply pressure on Riley to build a better team around him than last year's squad that lost to the Spurs in five games.