Entering the 2019-20 season, nobody had high expectations for the Heat. Despite signing Jimmy Butler, nobody was expecting to see Miami play as a contender in the Eastern Conference.
But, amazingly, the Heat have been among the league's best teams all season long and are currently proving to be quite a worthy challenger in the NBA playoffs.
No matter what happens, Pat Riley and the front-office are expected to continue to make the team better -- and it starts with star power. According to one league insider, South Beach will be the site of basketball's next great superteam, a superteam that may include the Greek Freak.
(via Michael Scotto to Alex Kennedy of Basketball News)
“The franchise that will assemble the next super team is the Miami Heat. Pat Riley showed what he can do with significant cap space when he lured LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade in South Beach. It's the league's worst-kept secret that Miami hopes to make a run at MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo next summer. Miami is a potential destination for Victor Oladipo too. When you combine All-Star Jimmy Butler with a proven core of players, the lavish lifestyle of living in Miami and a ton of money to spend, who wouldn't want to sit at the table with Riley for a meeting?”
Sotto wasn't the only one who feels that way.
(via Nekias Duncan)
“The New York Kn... Nah, just kidding. My early guess is the Miami Heat. They already have two stars in Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. They’re slotted to have at least one max slot available, though we’re still unsure of the effect the pandemic will have on the cap moving forward. Still, the Heat have stars, intriguing young talent, a great coach, a strong front office and a great location to pitch. They’re going to throw their hat in the Giannis Antetokounmpo sweepstakes. And even if that fails, they’ve been linked to both Bradley Beal and Victor Oladipo. It’s hard to believe the Heat will go 0-for-3 on that front.”
The Heat have it all -- stars depth, big market location, and (most importantly) cap space. While they will not be the only team on the market for a guy like Giannis, or Oladipo, they certainly have a number of advantages that could make them the favorites.
There's just no way of knowing how things will play out until it actually happens. It'll be quite interesting to watch it unfold.