While LeBron James’ management group is meeting with teams in Cleveland, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley are in Los Angeles meeting with free agents as they look to retool the supporting cast around the “Big 3″.
Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra are in L.A. meeting with free agents today. They’ve made inroads in talks, sources tell Yahoo. Still confident.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2014
So far the Miami Heat have missed out on several big name free agents like Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat, both paid outside of what the franchise can afford if they hope to attain and appease the trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, but doom and gloom has yet to set over the organizations attempts, nor should it any time soon. The Heat still have a lot to offer: tax-free salary, an excellent area, the ability to contend for a championship, and the chance to play alongside the greatest talent the NBA has seen since Michael Jordan. Top tier free agents may pass that up for the chance to make more money, but once you drop lower in the tiers, there is likely a hand full of guys ready to lace em up in South Beach.
There is some pressure on Riles and company though. An unfortunate coup of free agents may turn of LeBron James, causing him to bolt in the process. And James leaving means Bosh is probably out of the door also, leaving the Miami Heat with their lauded Dwyane Wade who is in no shape to be the best player on a franchise anymore.
It’s early and if the past has show us anything, Pat Riley gets the job done; but he’s never been in a situation like this before. A lot will be riding on his ability to woo in quality talent for the next two to three years.