Miami Heat: 5 Backup Plans If The Big 3 Leave

Miami Heat: 5 Backup Plans if the Big Three Leave

Big Three
Steve Mitchell - USA TODAY Sports

It is becoming more likely by the minute that the Miami Heat’s Big Three will not return intact next season. Pat Riley issued a ferocious challenge that apparently fell upon deaf ears, and may have even backfired. It may be time for the Heat to start thinking about what their Plan B might look like and begin preparing for an increasingly inevitable reality. Here are five backup plans that the Heat should consider.

5. Give the Keys to the King

2. LeBron James
Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports

5. Give the Keys to the King

2. LeBron James
Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports

This is definitely the most unlikely scenario because I don’t think Dwyane Wade is going anywhere, but it could be time to let Wade and Chris Bosh walk and surround LeBron with a healthy mix of younger, less expensive talent and savvy veterans. People like Boris Diaw, Vince Carter, P.J. Tucker and Nick Young come to mind.

4. Miami D’Wade County

3. Dwyane Wade
Robert Mayer - USA TODAY Sports

4. Miami D’Wade County

3. Dwyane Wade
Robert Mayer - USA TODAY Sports

The Heat could always try to turn back the clock and make this Wade’s team again, allowing LeBron and Bosh to pursue opportunities elsewhere. I don’t think it would be a particularly successful strategy given Wade’s recent performance, but there’s always the chance that he could muster up enough strength to carry a team. Surrounding him with players like Chandler Parsons and Luol Deng could help even out some of Wade’s athletic deficiencies.

3. The Big Three: The Sequel

4. Eric Bledsoe
Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports

3. The Big Three: The Sequel

4. Eric Bledsoe
Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports

There is a slim chance that all three walk and leave Miami faced with the difficult challenge of restocking a barren cabinet quickly. Carmelo seems to be off the table, but attracting Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe to form a new Big Three could be an option. Of course, we all know the sequel is never as good as the original, which would most certainly be the case here.

2. Go Big or Go Home

5. Gasol and Monroe
Gary A Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

2. Go Big or Go Home

5. Gasol and Monroe
Gary A Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

The Heat could always replace some of the athleticism that helped them reach four straight NBA Championship games for size, in hopes that they could bang their way through the Eastern Conference. Bringing Rodney Stuckey, Trevor Ariza, Boris Diaw, Pau Gasol and Greg Monroe would give them the size advantage against most other NBA teams. It might not translate into 60 wins, but they could be competitive.

1. Tear It Down and Rebuild

6. Isaiah Thomas
Matt Marton - USA TODAY Sports

1. Tear It Down and Rebuild

6. Isaiah Thomas
Matt Marton - USA TODAY Sports

In the event that the Big Three disband, the far more likely scenario would be for the Heat to wave the white flag on next season and set their eyes towards the future. They could still bring in some young, athletic players with potential. Isiah Thomas, Trevor Booker, Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks all fit the bill here. They would almost be guaranteed a high spot in next year’s lottery, which might be exactly what they needed to truly rebuild.

Around the Web