Miami Heat president Pat Riley is doing whatever he can to convince free agent forward LeBron James to remain with the Miami Heat. If James does indeed re-sign, the rest of the big three, big man Chris Bosh and guard Dwyane Wade will likely follow suit. If James instead opts for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bosh may leave the Heat in favor of playing with guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard with the Houston Rockets.
When the big three opted out of the contracts, they wanted to see what Riley could add to the roster. On Wednesday, Riley will meet with James to lay out his plan.
The Heat have already agreed to deals with Charlotte Hornets’ free agent forward Josh McRoberts and Los Angeles Clippers’ free agent forward Danny Granger. They have also been tied to Washington Wizards’ free agent guard Garrett Temple and Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent big man Jordan Hill.
They’d also like to get in the mix with Hill’s teammate, Pau Gasol, but money is obviously an issue. That will likely cause them to search for talent in other ways.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Heat could deal free agent point guard Mario Chalmers in a sign-and-trade to acquire more talent.
Miami has explored the possibility of adding talent via a Mario Chalmers sign-and-trade, per sources. Pat Riley still trying to make moves.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 9, 2014
Chalmers averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45.4% from the field, 38.5% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the free throw line during the regular season. In the postseason, he saw his production plummet. He averaged 6.4 points, 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game and shot 42.3% from the field, 34.9% from three and 76.0% from the charity stripe.