The Heat -- which says it would prefer to trade for a backup point guard than sign one -- spoke to New Jersey about ex-Heat guards Rafer Alston and Keyon Dooling, one of whom could be dealt. Nothing materialized, but the door was left open for further talks.
I like Dooling because of his better & more consistent shooting. I also like his versatility, he can play either PG or SG. His defense is slightly better, and he's 4 years younger and could possibly be part of the Heats future plans. He has a partially guaranteed contract going into 2010.
I like Rafer because he is more of the true sense of a "vet". He has more playoff experience, plays like a true PG and will set up the offense and teammates as well as score, and he's a little more crafty being able to hit the little floater in the lane, etc.. He's also a true expiring deal.
Well it's now official. Rafer is back with the Heat.
Now it will be interesting to see how quickly he advances to starting PG.
MIAMI (AP)—Rafer Alston(notes) got his wish, signing with the Miami Heat for the remainder of the season and getting the chance to play alongside Dwyane Wade(notes) again.
The 33-year-old point guard cleared waivers at 6 p.m. Thursday, and the Heat announced the signing about an hour later. Alston will be with the team when it opens a six-game road trip Friday in Phoenix.