By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on June 13, 2014
The Miami Heat are down and nearly out, their backs are against the wall, they're on the ropes -- use what ever cliche you want -- they're in trouble down 3-1 to the Spurs. Most people have already penciled in the Spurs as champions, but you can't rule out the LeBron-led Heat quite yet.
However, if the Heat do lose, you have to believe there will be major changes in South Beach next year:
It seems very likely that if the Heat lose that at least one of the three members of the Big Three will leave South Beach. They've had a great run, but you have to wonder how much gas is left in the tank.
To heck with the Big Three -- how about a Big Four? Carmelo Anthony to Miami is the latest and greatest NBA rumor. Would it work? You'd have to say the Big Four would stand a much better chance against the Spurs.
In total, the Heat have 10 players who can leave town via free agency in 2014. 10! So even if half of them stay, it would still mean a massive roster changeover for Pat Riley.
Win or lose in these Finals it's possible that Ray Allen will decide to hang it up. He's clearly still got it and could play for several more years, but there's something to said for walking away at close to the top of your game.
This will easily be the biggest rumor if the Heat lose the 2014 NBA Finals. Everyone will immediately punch LeBron's ticket back to Ohio, which may not be too far fetched. It's not just that the Heat are losing in the Finals to the Spurs, it's how they're losing -- badly.
James might actually have a brighter future elsewhere, which is something that just wasn't true four years ago.
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