The Miami Heat entered 2022 free agency with big ambitions. After targeting big names like Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell, the team has put itself squarely in the center of trade talks for some of the league's top players.
Unfortunately for the Heat, there is no guarantee any of these pursuits will pan out. In fact, according to
The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets have been unable to see eye-to-eye on a potential Kevin Durant trade. As a result, according to sources of the Miami Herald, the Heat are now planning to move forward with their current roster. The Nets weren't happy with the offer that the Heat came up with for Durant. The main problem was that the Heat were reportedly unwilling to part ways with star center Bam Adebayo. With the Heat now seemingly out of the running for Durant, it appears even more likely that he'll be back in Brooklyn once again this coming season.
It's no secret that the Heat were hoping to land a big-time star. After making the Finals in 2020, they haven't come close to capturing a title, and Pat Riley is "desperate" to bring home a trophy before his retirement in a few years.
“Pat Riley is a wizard,” said ESPN’s Nick Friedell while talking about the Heat’s pursuit of superstar Kevin Durant. “He always seems to find a way. And somebody told me at Thomas & Mack Center last night, Pat’s 77 years old. He desperately wants one more title before he retires and gets out of the game. Kevin is that dynamic scorer that Jimmy Butler needs next to him to get the Heat over the hump."
Even with all that being true, Miami might not have the means to trade for who they want, at least not without gutting much of their already stacked roster.
The truth is, the Heat may have no choice but to run it back with who they've got. And in an Eastern Conference that continues to get better every year, that's not exactly the offseason that Heat fans were hoping for.