Best Potential 2015 Free-Agent Targets for Miami Heat to Pursue

December 16th, 2014 by Tom Sunnergren Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat have the summer of 2016 circled on their calendar.

That offseason, a who’s who of the sport’s biggest stars could be available, and with South Beach still a well-established destination for premier hoops talent, the organization could be poised to build another Big Three and jump-start a new era of perennial contention.

Kevin Durant—who may well be the best player in the NBA at that point—could be available. As could Chris Paul, the game’s best point guard. And Dwight Howard, its best center.

It doesn’t stop there. Consolation prizes Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Lance Stephenson, Mike Conley, Nicolas Batum, Brook Lopez, Chandler Parsons and others might also be looking for new homes that summer. Even LeBron James and Kevin Love, though they’re the longest of long shots to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, will technically be available.

In short, the league’s balance of power could undergo a seismic shift. And Miami is already planning to tilt the board in its favor.

“Pat Riley has put everything into 2016,” Heat columnist Ira Winderman to ...

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