#4 Miami Heat
Pat Riley’s goal with the Heat is to build another superstar team like he did with LeBron James. The player that he is rumored to be chasing that can be the ‘LeBron James’ of the potential superstar team is Kevin Durant.
The Heat seems to want Wade to opt into his contract for next season at $16 million, then become a free agent and leave their and his future blank-check open. This will give the Heat the flexibility it craves to make a run at a player like Kevin Durant.
Pipe dream? Maybe.
But that’s what Wade himself once told the Heat about his great friend LeBron James being in Miami. Miami wants to have the flexibility that gets Riley in a room with Durant.
The Heat can have room for Wade, Bosh, Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Durant … but only if Wade opts in for this year and gives them that flexibility by being a free agent in 2016. This requires Wade to have a lot of trust, obviously, and the leap of faith that the team will take care of him in 2016
Does Durant want to come off like a guy that just copies what LeBron James did however? I think he’d much rather write his own legacy, but maybe that is just me and my opinion.