We weigh in.
Against common belief, Miami went ahead and re-signed Randolph in a subtle and unexpected manner. It was rumored earlier that both of Miami's remaining 2010 draftees could fill the final two roster voids. Not to mention, Jerry Stackhouse was also thrown into the equation as a veteran option for the Heat.
It is well-documented that Miami is playing with a tight budget when it comes to roster building in the post-"Three Kings" signing era. So it is obvious that their final move will be a cheap one, whether they pursue a rookie, D-Leaguer or NBA veteran. Some of their options are as follows:
- PF - Jarvis Varnado (Rookie)
- SF - Da'Sean Butler (Rookie)
- SF - Jerry Stackhouse (Veteran)
- SG - Michael Finley (Veteran)
- SF - Tracy McGrady (Veteran)
- PG - Kenny Hasbrouck (D-Leaguer)
- PG - John Lucas III (D-Leaguer)
With plenty of experience already on the Heat roster, the most fitting option seems to be going with a rookie. And just by the sake of each rookie's situation, Varnado may be the chosen one as Butler is still under a deep recovery process as a result of his knee surgery. That does not mean Butler is out of the equation though. The front office may see more potential in him than they do in Varnado, hence giving him the edge despite his circumstances.
Either way, Miami has a pair of quality college players on their hands, both of which played four years at their respective universities and have plenty of maturity to go with their games. While the goal may be to compete this season and for many more to come, it won't hurt the Heat to keep a work-in-progress in their hip progress. Heck, they did it with Dorell Wright and he came through in his final season. Why not take that same minimal risk this time around?