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.