While the Miami Heat have had a rather dull offseason with very few eye-catching moments, they have remained in the news. Heat president Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisberg are well underway in their hunt for a superstar-caliber player to pair with incumbent superstar Jimmy Butler.
A chance to nab Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell or their pick of the Brooklyn Nets superstar duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will likely be the main point of focus for the Heat up until the regular season begins. Miami's pursuit of big-name stars does not mean the Heat can afford to ignore their current roster.
Promising rookie Nikola Jovic has been the Heat's lone addition this offseason thus far. The team has opted to improve from within by banking on player development and bringing back key contributors from last year's team, namely, Victor Oladipo and Caleb Martin.
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As a nine-year vet in the NBA, Dedmon is one of the team's older players and brings a ton of experience. His imposing stature and physical play have endured him to the Miami fanbase, who have nicknamed him ‘The Mechanic.'
Last season, Dedmon averaged 6.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. He also shot 56.6% from the field.
He is the team's go-to big man when they need size on the floor. Sadly, in the modern NBA, Dedmon has a dying skill set. He is a decent interior defender but he struggles with foul trouble. His style of play is bearable for the regular season but he is rendered almost unplayable in the playoffs.
Dedmon does not possess the defensive switchability that teams covet in today's NBA. He cannot guard on the perimeter and teams key in on that in the playoffs. Offensively, he has made strides to stay effective such as adding a three-point shot to his repertoire but he is still too limited to count on him as a regular part of an NBA rotation.
Dedmon has served as the primary backup to Bam Adebayo but Adebayo's ideal spot should be at power forward. Dedmon cannot play alongside Adebayo but second-year center Omer Yurtseven has the skillset to be the perfect complement to Adebayo.
Yurtseven is a dominant rebounder with great touch around the basket and out to the perimeter. He just needs to improve his defense.
The resigning of Dedmon could signal that the Heat do not fully trust Yurtseven to take on the primary backup center role. If that is the case, the team had plenty of opportunities to bring in an upgrade over Dedmon this offseason.
Chicago Bulls center Andre Drummond is one name that comes to mind. Drummond signed with the Bulls after a 24-game stint in Brooklyn. Drummond was a younger option, who signed a cheaper deal with Chicago than Dedmon did in Miami.
While Drummond is not the shooter Dedmon is and possesses the same lack of switchability that makes Dedmon undesirable, he is one of the greatest rebounders of all time. He would have also brought the same physicality that makes Dedmon so appealing.
The hope is Yurtseven can show enough improvement that Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has no choice but to relegate Dedmon to the bench and push the Heat toward the future.