By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 3, 2014
LeBron James has everyone on pins and needles, which does not seem like much of a change from when he was last an unrestricted free agent. News leaked out that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are not sure whether their third amigo is going to re-sign a maximum contract with them, re-sign at the max with another team or go off and play football with the Cleveland Browns. With that said, here are five post-draft moves the Miami Heat need to make.
LeBron James deserves to finally be the highest paid player on his own team, and it is pretty amazing that has never happened yet in his career. The four-time MVP seems quite adamant about getting big money this offseason due to the massive workload he has carried over the last four years and the fact that he has not yet entered his prime.
Chris Bosh can no longer be paid as much as the best player in the league. It is a simple argument to make, but it is also one which needs to be considered by the best third option in the league. I expect him to remain in South Beach even though the Houston Rockets could offer him an interesting opportunity.
Dwyane Wade appears to want a four-year deal, which I do not think Pat Riley should sign off on. There are a lot of quality pieces out there, like Lance Stephenson, who could be a nice asset for the Heat in the years to come. Of course, he would need to first work out his issues with LeBron James. Wade might have one year left at the most, and the early indications have not been too good for "Flash".
They already missed out on Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat, and that could lead to a downward slide for the Heat's free agent opportunities. The Washington Wizards will only breathe easy once they have re-signed Trevor Ariza as well.
Former Duke Blue Devil, Shane Battier, is retiring, which was expected all season, and he deserves a massive amount of praise for his career achievements. As for the Heat's remaining reserves, they will need to lighten Ray Allen's minutes next year because he did not quite look like Jesus Shuttlesworth this last postseason.
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