People may forget that the Miami Heat are one of the more respected franchises in the league with three NBA championships and the ability to bring in superstar players through the genius of Pat Riley, so it’s no surprise that the Hall of Fame Miami Heat president is talking about bringing in two superstar players to the Heat in 2020.
Pat Riley expressed the direction of the team’s future to Miami Heat broadcaster Jason Jackson:
Future visions, team building, core growth, and the playoff push…
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“We’ve done this four times now, had a good group of players, young players, and then either through free agency or through trade brought the superstar in. In 2020, we’ll have a lot of room. We’ll also have the possibility to have enough room to go after two max contracts. And we’re going to do that. So, we’re planning that 2020 will be the room year. We’re very fluid. We’re very on top of it. And we are a destination place, Jax. The tax, the sun, the beautiful city. It’s a very progressive city, diverse city. So, we are a destination place. And we’re going to be moving in that direction.”
It’s a valid claim coming from Riley. The Heat president has manufactured two NBA championships as the president of the team and even coached the Heat to a championship. He incited the trade for Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway in 1995 and acquired Shaq from the Lakers in 2004. Lastly, as we all know, he brought in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to win two NBA Championships.
Riley wants to bring in two superstars to play alongside a team with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic along with a young core of Justise Winslow, Derrick Jones Jr., Bam Abedayo.
They could use the help. The Heat are 10th in the East but just one game out of the 8th and final playoff spot. The team is coming off a big win after a big shot by Dwyane Wade, who is expected to retire at the end of the season.