NBA Free Agency: Where The Miami Heat Already Failed

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Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Entering this free agency period, all eyes and ears were focused entirely on the Miami Heat and what their big-time players, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade would be doing. As expected, the three of them decided to opt out of their contracts, making themselves unrestricted free agents, free to test the waters with whatever team tickled their fancy.

However, also as expected, this move was made in order to give Pat Riley and the Heat some cap movement, some wiggle room, if you will. The idea, initially, was that the Big 3 would wait and see what Riley could bring to Miami as reinforcement to the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

If they were impressed with the talent the Heat were equipped with — again, the idea behind the whole thing, nothing close to a given — was that those three would sign smaller contracts to make it easier to win another championship together.

We’re close to a full week of free agency under out belts and so far Miami has come up short every step of the way. While Riley went all out to bring in rookie Shabazz Napier to impress LeBron, that’s the furthest thing from assurance that James, Bosh and Wade need to fulfill the conceived idea of pay cuts.

As of right now, Miami is Norris Cole‘s team and his alone, as he is the only player currently under contract for next season. That leaves a plethora of holes for Riley to fill.

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  • Rickety

    Great article and in hindsight couldn’t agree more with what you said. LeBron held Riley hostage the whole time knowing good and well he was always going back to Cleveland. It was an ego move to make Riley fly out to Vegas only to immediately return back home. I believe there was a chance LeBron prolonged the decision process because he knew Riley would’ve been able to retool quickly and conquer free agency, in order to retain power in the east. However with the current rosters I do believe Miami will be able to, at the very least, compete with Cleveland along with the rest of the teams in the dreadful East. Riley will continue to work his magic and although it might not be this year or the year after I do believe he is going to provide Heat fans with one more championship caliber team before he calls it a career