Miami’s saga with Chris Bosh was one of the most stunning developments of last season and most recent off-season. The All-Star big man was great in his time with the Heat as he claimed two NBA championships with his friends Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
But, due to medical concerns over his blot clot issues and the threats to his health. The franchise shut down their last remaining star from the “Big 3” era.
Things really came to a close when he failed a physical from Heat doctors that would have allowed him to suit up again. Bosh looked like he would never play in the league again after working so hard to get ready for another season.
The 13-year-veteran is not giving up on his career and is lobbying to be allowed to pursue employment by another team. The Miami Herald is reporting that he might get his wish this year as the club tries to reload after losing all of their stars.
Here are three big free agents that can help Miami reclaim their status in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18:
Gay has been on the radar for the Miami Heat stretching back to the days of South Beach’s NBA dominance. He has always been a scorer with all of the measurables that you look for in a starting small forward in the league.
It is hard to ignore that the 30-year-old’s time in Sacramento looks to be coming to an end. He has tried admirably, along with DeMarcus Cousins, to turn the Kings around. The time for change is coming for both player and team this offseason.
While he is not the athlete that he used to be, Gay is still a good attacker off the dribble. Lately, he has been content to shoot midrange shots in an effort to share the court with Cousins. It would be interesting to see what he could do in a larger role.
Lowry is a longshot for Miami with his team doing so well in the East. But, the Villanova product is just the kind of player that proves attractive to Pat Riley.
The 30-year-old is a great defender at the point of attack and thrives on physicality at the point guard position. Toronto is currently enjoying a long-awaited moment in the sun and their backcourt is a big reason for that.
Leaving DeMar DeRozan and the North will be a tough sell but with Cleveland as a perennial contender, it is tough to see the Raptors breaking through without significant injury luck. That alone could open the door for Miami to swoop in and make a sizable offer to Lowry.
The “Banana Boat Crew” is no stranger to South Beach’s charms. When LeBron James floated the idea of playing with all of his best friends one day, most of us assumed it would be in Los Angeles.
Miami is probably out of the question for both he and Dwyane Wade now. Chris Paul might make his way there though. The Clippers always seem to be flirting with a major move.
If they don’t reach the Western Conference Finals this year, the it might be time for a change. Paul would improve Hassan Whiteside’s game tremendously. See the work he has done with DeAndre Jordan for reference.
That being said, L.A. sits atop the conference standings at the moment so a split appears unlikely. But, if there is one thing we know about Riley, it is that you rarely see the moves that he is going to make coming.