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Battier Heads To South Beach

In Free Agency on December 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The Associated Press reports

Shane Battier said at this point in his career, he only wants “a winning role.”

He figures his best chance of that is with the Miami Heat.

Battier said Thursday morning that he would sign with the Eastern Conference champion Heat, the club that let him know as soon as the free-agency shopping window formally opened this week that he was their top signing priority — even though it has some question marks at the point guard and center spots.

Shane Battier adding

Battier wrote on Twitter that “after much deliberation, I would like to quote the great poet Jimmy Buffett and take my chances ‘Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.'” He soon added: “Down … In … Miami.

First Reaction

Good signing but their needs at point guard and center where greater.

Contract Details

Word is that Battier accepted the mini-MLE worth $9.4 million over three years. Bargain.

Furthermore, Battier accepting the mini-MLE frees Miami up to re-sign Mario Chalmers. If it had of been a full-MLE offer, the Heat could have been limited in what they could have offered Chalmers. Which means it is now very likely that Chalmers stays in Miami also. Very good news for Heat fans.

Mike Miller and the Amnesty Clause

The rumblings around the net are that the Miami Heat will amnesty Mike Miller next summer in an effort to control costs.

In the meantime, I have to believe that Miami will be shopping Mike Miller hard in an effort to provide an upgrade at center, or more likely, at point guard.

There was some noise about the Heat using the amnesty on Miller this offseason but I think the ship has sailed on that front. The only incentive to do so would be to enable the Heat to use the full MLE ($22mil, four years) instead of the mini-MLE ($9.4mil, three years). Since Battier accepted the mini-MLE, there is no incentive.

More on Battier’s Contract

After thinking about it some more, I imagine that Miami discovered they couldn’t acquire any centertalented enough to warrant the mini-MLE and decided to go with the best available player instead.

Which was in this year’s free agency, given the sparse pickings at PG (and no need at PF), going to be a wing player (SG or SF) … and they selected Shane Battier from that bunch.

In that case, Shane Battier was excellent signing. A very talented role player on a bargain contract.

Shane Battier’s Game

  • Low mistake player. Almost every action he takes adds a net positive value to his team … and when you add that up at the end of the day, you have a very productive role player despite his minimal basic statistical production.
  • Very good three point shooter. Has a solid low post game against smaller wings. Not a threat off the dribble or as a cutter. Average passer.
  • Still a high level defender. No longer one of the league’s finest but still in the top 20% at his respective position.
  • A solid rebounder

Miami’s Vaunted Wing Rotation

I read this question elsewhere and thought it deserved to be repeated – Is Miami’s wing rotation the greatest of All-Time

SG – Dwyane Wade and Mike Miller
SF – LeBron James and Shane Battier

To have two MVP caliber starting wings in Wade and LeBron. And then to have one of the best sixth men in the league in Shane Battier and a very talented backup wing in Mike Miller (very good passer, ball-handler, excellent rebounder and shooter) behind is simply incredible.

What an exceptionally gifted wing rotation / depth chart.

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