May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after a call in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Miami Heat after Lowry, Marion, Williams and Ariza

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NBA rumors are always fun to play with, but this one seems off the wall even for the most optimistic Miami Heat fans. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard (subscription needed), the Heat are dead serious about re-tooling their roster in a way that allows them to surround LeBron James with some more quality role players. If they brought in Kyle Lowry, Shawn Marion, Marvin Williams and Trevor Ariza, wouldn’t it be game over for the rest of the NBA?

Of course, there are MAJOR financial hurdles to deal with. The Heat would have to figure out what to do with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade before they’re able to do anything else with this (oh yeah, that LeBron guy is a free agent, too). Step one would be for Bosh and Wade to opt out and be good with taking less money to re-join the Heat. If they get that done, then they can seriously consider bringing in these other names.

Lowry was one of the best point guards in the league at times during the 2013-14 season and his playmaking abilities (plus his junkyard dog attitude) would be a great fit for the Heat. Marion is well past his prime but could provide solid minutes off the bench, Williams is a No. 8 or 9 guy on the bench and Ariza would be a tremendous fit. At worst, if they can snag Lowry at a discount (we’re talking Costco discount here) and Ariza, they’ll be in much better shape already.

James Herbert of CBS Sports threw a little extra wrinkle into the mix, claiming that Pat Riley is interested in going after some more bulk in the paint. Now, that’s not a surprise — no offense to Chris Andersen or Udonis Haslem — but the Heat were weak inside. The wrinkle is the fact that they’re considering taking a run at Kendrick Perkins. While he’d provide a surly attitude that the Heat were sorely lacking last year, he’s a concrete block in the paint, for better or for worse.

Imagine if the Heat were able to pull off this coup and look at what their roster would look like:

PG — Kyle Lowry
SG — Dwyane Wade
SF — LeBron James
PF — Chris Bosh
C — Kendrick Perkins

Bench — Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza, Shawn Marion, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen, Norris Cole, Shabazz Napier

They’d still have to sign three other players, but that’s a solid roster. I didn’t even put Ray Allen on there yet, though he’s publicly said he’d like to play another year. I have no clue how the big names would be willing to leave so much money on the table, but if their desire for winning is greater than their desire for riches that they’ll never spend in this lifetime, then I guess it could happen.

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  • Christopher Rains

    No way the Heat could afford all those players. Check in a couple months and see what their individual salaries will be. Then add them all up as if they were all playin on the Miami Heat. They would be wayyyy to deep into the luxury tax.

    • wesmont

      The only way they add multiple players(2or3) is if wade or Bosh move on.Get real.Did you even add up those salaries?

      • Christopher Rains

        You cant add the salaries up yet. The big 3 haven’t signed their contracts n agreed to a set price yet. Plus Miami has gotten free agents to take paycuts in the past. Not a Heat fan but I won’t underestimate Riley and his ability to improve a roster.

  • knick20

    This could possibly be the most ignorant. …mental breakdown. .. high traces of idiocy I’ve ever read…what on God’s green earth are you smoking. Oh ….wait ..my bad … I didn’t realize this was written by Dwayne wade …it all make sense now..

  • frederica atkins

    That sounds like a good roster I hope they can pull that off!

    • frederica atkins

      Never say never u will be surprised as TO WHAT PAT RILEY CAN COME UP WITH HAVE A LIL FAITH HEAT FAN FOR life

  • Bobby Wright

    Can’t lie this would be amazing but not enough money to go around in Miami

  • Buzz_Kill

    that roster still won’t beat San Antonio…

  • http://www.dealsonsneakers.com Brandon

    I’m a big fan of LeBron and the Heat, but all those names aren’t gonna happen on this team.

  • ybe87

    Perkins doesn’t make sense to me for the simple fact that Miami had Oden the whole year and didn’t even attempt to put him in the starting line up at any point during the playoffs..neither will give you consistence offense. The real problem is coach Spo doesn’t know how to use big men. He’s not like Pat Riley. That line up doesn’t sound any better to me then what u could come up with tweaking the roster they just had

    PG — Tony Douglas (he was more then capable over Cole & Chalmers in instances)
    SG — Dwyane Wade
    SF — LeBron James
    PF — Chris Bosh
    C — Greg Oden

  • Mike

    Spurs will still smash on that team! Wade needs to retire. Why pay for Lowry when LeBron runs the floor anyway? That would only restrict the cap. This roster is a pipe dream for the money spent and it still isn’t going to get it done. If they give Wade more than 5 mil, they are cornered!