Fan-favorite Eddie House re-joins the Heat
The Miami Heat are poised for a reunion with fan-favorite Eddie House.
The three-point specialist has agreed on a two-year veteran minimum contract that will pay him $1,352,181 and $1,399,507, respectively, with the second year subject to a player option.
House, who won the 2008 NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, reportedly had more lucrative offers elsewhere but was intrigued by the Heat’s rebuilt roster. The Bulls were thought to have been the front-runners for House, with the Celtics also in play to bring him back. Instead, he has chosen to re-join the team that originally drafted him out of Arizona State with the 37th overall pick ten years ago.
House is the very definition of a hired gun. He’s almost strictly a jump-shooter, but he’s a great one. He’s one of the better overall three-point shooters in the entire league, both in quantity of makes per-minute and accuracy, having made 749 threes during his career at a 39.0% conversion rate.
He moves off the ball well, has an incredibly quick release, and absolutely no conscious about hoisting up his beautiful rainbow arcing shot. He can come off the bench and change the flow of a game with his shooting. The Heat will look to leverage that skill.
He’ll play anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes per night, serving as either the team’s de facto point or shooting guard. He’s not a point guard, at 6-foot, 0.5 inches more a severely undersized shooting guard with decidedly few point guard skills, though he can play that role in low-pressure situations. When he enters the game, it will most often be as a two-guard from an offensive standpoint, with Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller or LeBron James handling the majority of the ball-handling duties, and as a point guard from a defensive standpoint.
He plays the game with an overriding passion, and provides his teammates and fans with a massive jolt of energy every time he checks into the game. He wants the ball in his hands all the time and will boisterously call for it every moment he’s on the floor. When he gets it, and makes it, he’ll jump and scream and launch his fists through the air as he runs back down the floor.
As a catch and shoot player, if the defense takes that away from him, there isn’t a whole lot he can do otherwise to make his presence felt. He almost never gets to the rim. He is very effective at what he does well, shoot. That’s exactly what the Heat needs.
The Heat doesn’t need any more play-makers. They need players who accept and excel at their gives roles. They need floor-spacers who won’t attempt to extend beyond their capabilities. When defenses take his shot away, they open the middle of the court to do so. The Heat will gladly take that exchange. House is a secondary option who provides the floor-spacing to help the primary options succeed in attacking the rim.
But, when ignored, he can single-handedly turn a close game into a blow-out with his streaky shot. He doesn’t shy away from the big moment. He’s at his best in the clutch. Playing with Wade, James and Chris Bosh, he should get plenty such opportunities.
This is a nice signing for Miami, filling a real need for a floor-spacing guard off the bench. The Heat now has three legitimate threats – House, Miller and James Jones.
His physical limitations relegate him to a player who needs to be in the right situation to succeed. Possessing below average height and just average lateral quickness, he lacks the length to contest shots on the perimeter from bigger guards and will get beat from time to time off the dribble against quicker guards. He puts forth maximum effort on this end of the floor, though, and will wreak havoc when ignored.
Despite his limitations, he’s so good at what he does that he’s always been able to find work.
He started his career with the Heat (2000-03), tallying 7.0 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds before being signed to a two-year, $1.6 million free agent contract by the Los Angeles Clippers in August 2003. The following off-season, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, along with Melvin Ely, for two second-round draft picks. He was waived by the Bobcats in December 2004, and subsequently picked up by the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-year minimum contract deal. He was again waived mid-season, this time by the Bucks in January 2005.
He then agreed to a string of short-term deals. He signed a rest-of-season contract with the Sacramento Kings in 2004-05, followed by one-year contracts with the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics. In July of 2008, the Celtics re-signed him to a two-year $5.5 million contract. After nearly three years in Boston, he was traded to the Knicks at last season’s trade deadline, in a deal that featured Nate Robinson. He has career averages of 7.6 points, 1.6 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game.
Now at 32 years old, House figures to end his career where it started, with the Miami Heat in South Florida. His current two-year, $2,751,688 contract will take him to $15,558,079 over his twelve NBA seasons.
House becomes the 14th player under fully-guaranteed contract on the Heat for the coming season and the 16th player under contract overall. NBA teams can dress a maximum of 12 players on game night and carry a maximum of 15 in the regular season. Teams may carry as many as 20 players in the offseason.