2018 NBA free agency grades: Heat will re-sign Wayne Ellington

 

by Luke Askew | Fansided

The Miami Heat and Wayne Ellington have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Let’s give Miami a grade for this free agency move.

Per ESPN‘s Chris Haynes, the Miami Heat are reportedly re-signing free agent guard Wayne Ellington to a one-year, $6.2 million deal. This was a necessary step for a Heat squad fighting to remain relevant.

The Heat are in a tricky position. Are they legitimate contenders? No, not even close. However, are they bad enough to warrant tanking? Still no, and it’s still not even close.

The Heat finished last season with a 44-38 record, which was good enough to lock them into the playoffs as the 6-seed in the Eastern Conference. They were forced to match up with a young, up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers squad that went five seasons without seeing the playoffs. The Heat were definitely outmatched in this series. Their only chance at upsetting the Sixers was if their veterans were too savvy in the playoffs for young Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Of course, we now know that wasn’t the case. Talent trumped experience (like it usually does) and the 76ers moved on in five games.

The Heat are now entering the 2018-19 NBA season in an even weaker Eastern Conference than last year due to the departure of LeBron James. Who do they have to lead their team? A 32-year-old Goran Dragic, a 36-year-old Dwyane Wade (if he returns) and … Hassan Whiteside, I guess? Yikes.

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The Heat finished last season with a 44-38 record, which was good enough to lock them into the playoffs as the 6-seed in the Eastern Conference. They were forced to match up with a young, up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers squad that went five seasons without seeing the playoffs. The Heat were definitely outmatched in this series. Their only chance at upsetting the Sixers was if their veterans were too savvy in the playoffs for young Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Of course, we now know that wasn’t the case. Talent trumped experience (like it usually does) and the 76ers moved on in five games.

The Heat are now entering the 2018-19 NBA season in an even weaker Eastern Conference than last year due to the departure of LeBron James. Who do they have to lead their team? A 32-year-old Goran Dragic, a 36-year-old Dwyane Wade (if he returns) and … Hassan Whiteside, I guess? Yikes.

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