Heat rebuilding is under way
The Sports Brothers | 7/3/2014, 9 a.m.
It has been a whirlwind of an off season so far for the Miami Heat and we are just getting started. If you wanted even further confirmation that the Heatles will be back new and improved, just look at the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all of whom have opted out of their contracts along with Miami native Udonis Haslem. These guys are not exploring free agency with thoughts of chasing a huge pay day but rather they are working in concert to provide the team with enough financial flexibility to upgrade the roster.
According to ESPN Heat writer Brian Windhorst the Big Three have been discussing financial terms of new contracts amongst themselves. That sounds perfectly fine to most Heat fans. These private conversations could lead one to believe that James is not going anywhere and that he plans to re-sign with the Heat. Right now the Heat have a record $55 million in available cap space and Pat Riley is about to go on a shopping spree.
The big three could have selfishly opted out of their respective deals and chased that money something many other players would have readily done but these guys are different. They want to help this team to bring in better talent this summer. How admirable, really.
It seems rather safe now to assume that they will come to an understanding of how to best structure those deals in a fair way that leaves enough cash to lure others to South Beach. To use Riley's words, “let the retooling begin.”
One surprising thing that was revealed during all of these discussions is that James has never been the single highest paid player on any of his previous teams. Ever . I fully expect that to change, surely even Wade and Bosh would know that the best player in the world should at least be the highest paid on his own team. That should no longer be the case as Miami is about to re-shape its roster, re-sign King James, and hopefully continue to collect rings in the process. That is the master plan of Riley and with the Heat drafting point guard Shabazz Napier of NCAA champion Connecticut it seems that the retooling is going according to plan. LeBron James has shown his admiration for the newly drafted Napier and now we can begin to look at the impending free agents who are likely to make Miami their new home. These are some exciting times indeed and for Miami Heat fans, this could be a very good summer.