The city of Miami has been partying since Thursday evening and the celebration will continue at least through Monday when the Heat are honored with a championship parade through downtown. The event should serve as further validation for LeBron James and his achievements after enduring a bizarre two years in South Florida since making "The Decision" to leave Cleveland and join the Heat. Here's the latest news and happenings from South Beach courtesy of the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman…
- Winderman suggests signing Lamar Odom to become a member of the Heat organization would be a terrific career move for the former Sixth Man of the Year. The forward would slot into the starting lineup next to James and Chris Bosh to give the team an extremely potent frontcourt. Money, of course, could pose an issue as the Heat wouldn't be inclined to offer Odom more than the veteran's minimum or the disabled-player exception if Mike Miller is unable to play.
- The Heat may look to add a veteran point guard to the mix but Winderman believes such a move would be counterproductive to the development of Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Chalmers and Cole, to a lesser a degree, demonstrated what they could provide the team's backcourt in key moments during the playoffs and should only improve as they gain more experience. While the possibility of adding someone like Steve Nash can't be ignored, the Heat shouldn't risk the future of Chalmers and Cole simply to sign Chauncey Billups or Andre Miller.
- Mike Miller's future with the Heat remains uncertain given his health woes that plagued him throughout the playoffs. If Miller elects to retire due to injury and collects his salary, the Heat would have to wait two years before his cap space clears. The former Florida sharpshooter is set to earn $5.8MM during the 2012/13 season.