By Richard Nurse @blackirishpr on June 18, 2014
The official countdown to the LeBron James opt out is underway, so it’s only right that speculation of where he might take his talents is flooding the nation.
ESPN’s Bill Simmons has the Los Angeles Clippers creating space, and USA Today Sports has the Houston Rockets taking a run at him. But for the purposes of this article, let’s pretend that the entire Big Three will take pay cuts and give Pat Riley the opportunity to spread the wealth.
No one would have thought it, but Vince Carter has surprisingly reinvented himself into one of the most durable role players in the NBA; he has played 81 games this season, while averaging 12 points per game.
Carter may not be an upgrade in the youth department, but he has shown the ability to hit the three and put the ball on the floor. Plus, who better to help Dwyane Wade transition around his body limits than Mr. Half-Man, Half-Amazing?
The worst kept secret of the Big Three era has been their lack of center presence, which the team tried to solve with Greg Oden. Now there's talk of filling the position with Pau Gasol, however, the Heat already have a big man who many people label soft for drifting away from the rim.
So why not open their wallets for Marcin Gortat, who balances his 13 points in the post and on the perimeter, while also pounding the boards for 10 a game?
I don’t mean to pillage the Washington Wizards, but why not steal exactly what the doctor ordered?
Trevor Ariza is a young, athletic defender who spent this season knocking down the three-point ball at a 41 percent clip. It also does not hurt that he has championship experience from his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Face it -- the Heat could use a younger version of the recently retired Shane Battier.
Word has it that Pat Riley coveted Kyle Lowry ever since the 2006 NBA Draft because of his tough lockdown defensive skills. Fast forward seven years later and his offense could be just as big of a draw for Miami.
Mario Chalmers was a great fit, but Lowry’s 17.9 points per game, seven assists and four rebounds may be even better.
This one is almost self-explanatory. Carmelo Anthony is the ultimate, long shot prize, but we already figured out that the Miami Heat only know how to think big.
People doubt the chemistry, but Melo brings what the Heat have been missing all year. His 27.4 points per game gives LeBron James the second scorer that the team lacked in Wade, and his 8.1 rebounds would automatically make him their top guy on the glass.
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