By RantSports Staff on June 19, 2014
It took a few days of listening to his team get dissected by talking heads and ignorant fans, but Miami Heat president Pat Riley finally spoke on the matter Thursday and shed a lot of light on the future of the NBA’s most scrutinized team. Based on his 55-minute Q&A session, we take a look at some new educated speculation on Miami’s future.
Riley made it clear the Heat “need to retool; [they] don’t need to rebuild.” Riley went on to say he thinks the team “needs to be layered with some young guys” and considering the Heat have a ton of players entering free agency, they’ll likely build a new team full of “nobodies” to put around the Big Three, so it will be a fresh squad reminiscent of the one from 2010.
When asked about Ray Allen, Riley was somewhat passive, which is telling, but not as much as what he finally did say about the greatest three-point shooter of all time. Riley said the Heat “probably asked a little bit too much of him” and isn’t sure whether Allen will be back. Body language says a lot and if we had to bet based on the way Riley said it, Ray won’t be in Miami next season.
Chris Bosh has already said he’s coming back to play in Miami no matter what and why wouldn’t he considering he’ll make over million over the next two seasons if he stays? The same applies to D-Wade, who Riley said was “a great champion and a Miami heat for life.” Plus, Wade isn’t going to get a max deal anywhere else after the way he played in the Finals.
LeBron was really the only thing about which Riley seemed unsure. He said LeBron should take some time and think about his future because “he’s a winner” and he’s “restless.” The comments Riley made about having guts, staying together and not “running away through the first door” were made generally, but we know they were directed at LeBron. Riley thinks LeBron will be back, but he’s not 100 percent sure. More like 73.6 percent.
Riley mentioned that the amnesty of Mike Miller was to clear cap space and money for the 2014-15 season. He did call bringing in a fourth star a “pipedream” but he also was adamant he would do whatever it takes to keep the Big Three intact and is confident they will restructure their deals to make room for a fourth star if they want one. Finally, Riley said the Heat have their “main thing all written up” for the start of free agency on July 1.
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