By Jared Doyle @outofboundsjay on June 19, 2014
After a very disappointing NBA Finals loss, the Miami Heat have their work cut out for them this offseason, as 13 of the 15 current players on the roster can become restricted or unrestricted free agents. In order to retain LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade for at least another year, the Heat organization is going to have to bolster the depth of the roster substantially. Here are five bold predictions for the Miami Heat’s 2014 offseason.
After consistent horrid performances in the 2014 Playoffs, the Miami Heat will elect not to re-sign Mario Chalmers and let him walk away as a free agent. There are plenty of teams in the league willing to pay premium dollar for a semi-reliable point guard.
After 10 All-Star appearances and two NBA Championships, Ray Allen will finally retire and walk away from the NBA. The Miami Heat’s need for youth and athleticism at the shooting guard position isn’t exactly something Allen can offer anymore, which is why his retirement is a great thing for the Heat franchise.
Due to the lack of depth on the roster, the Miami Heat will look to draft either a solid young frontcourt player or a speedy, defensive-minded wing player. One or potentially both of these draft picks could make the final 15-man roster at the end of the offseason for the Heat. A player like Jarnell Stokes from Tennessee would be a perfect pick.
In order to bring in quality role players for the Miami Heat next season, Dwyane Wade (currently the weakest link in the Big Three) will take a larger pay cut than Chris Bosh and LeBron James to assist in bringing quality talent to fill the roster and help the Heat make it back to their fifth consecutive NBA Finals.
As terrifying as this sounds for most Miami Heat fans, LeBron James opting out his contract will be done in the best interests of the Heat organization. James will opt out only to re-sign a contract similar to the one he signed in 2010, and this is for the sake of bringing in quality talent to surround himself, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
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