From Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the Miami Heat have housed some of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen. Their high-market location in South Beach and their respectable front-office reputation have contributed to making them one of basketball's most desirable destinations for free-agents and this offseason should prove no different.
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have helped nurture a culture of trust and respect, which has them back in the Finals for the fifth time in nine years.
Win or lose, the future is bright for this team and other NBA executives are going so far as to claim the reigning Eastern Conference Champs are poised to add yet another name to their star-studded list of contributors.
“Front office executives around the league believe the Heat have become the league’s top destination for the next star with a wandering eye. Maybe it will be a free agent. Or maybe a player under contract who will seek a trade in 2021, since the Heat have good young players who could be traded in addition to first-round picks in 2025, 2026, and 2027. Keep in mind: Miami emptied the draft pick cupboard to acquire LeBron and Bosh 10 years ago. Who knows what could happen in the coming years with Houston, Indiana, Philadelphia, Washington, or any other team facing a crossroads?”
Nobody could blame Miami for running it back with this same crew next year, but Pat Riley has never been one to be complacent.
This offseason will provide an abundance of opportunities for growth, and you can expect the Heat to consider them all. Not only do they have a stockpile of assets to work with for a trade, but they could also create enough cap space to sign a max-level star in free-agency -- and as a team with so much upside, why wouldn't stars want to join?
As for who, specifically, they will target, there's no way to know for sure. All we can do is wait and watch the magic happen.