Four NBA Finals, two NBA Championships, and an uncertain plan for the future; that just about sums up what the Miami Heat have gone through in the last few years after acquiring “The Big 3.”
But now comes the moment of truth. With the best player in the world on their roster, Miami is hoping that they can avoid, “The decision part two” and continue to build around LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh next season.
What may help them out is the fact that all three players have the option to terminate the last year on their contract and potentially return at a lower price. An obviously older Wade can take a pay cut and be the Heat’s key sixth man ala San Antonio Spurs Guard Manu Ginobili.
It’s assumed that Mario Chalmers will be released and the team is apparently very interested in Point Guard Kyle Lowry, who had a great year with the Toronto Raptors.
Then there is the young talented big man Greg Monroe, who showed that he has big play ability and would be a nice piece next to the now dependable three point shooter Chris Bosh.
Spaniard Pau Gasol is another potential option who offers valuable experience and crafty play. And finally, you have got the two stars who everybody wants; Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony.
Many analysts have shot down the idea of the Heat Nation acquiring yet another star but you also have to remember, a lot of people also thought that “The Big 3” would never happen.
Nothing is out of the question right now and I wouldn’t put anything past Miami Heat President Pat Riley. You could also argue that acquiring more role players and continuing to build around a James, Wade, and Bosh is a great blueprint for success. After all, the San Antonio Spurs did not have more “star power” than Miami and now they are the champs.
Depth is definitely the way to go in the NBA these days. It helps deal with injuries and allows teams to get a lift off of their bench. The Heat organization can be somewhat relieved that LeBron is meeting with Wade and Bosh showing that what ever happens should be planned to some degree.
Whatever happens, you can bet that Miami is looking to get back to the big dance next year even if that means making some sacrifices.
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