Pat Riley and the Miami Heat plan on saving their cap space money to make a run at 2021 NBA free agent price Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“Miami wants to preserve max cap space that summer for a run at Giannis Antetokounmpo or, secondarily, a few other targets including Victor Oladipo,” Barry Jackson wrote for the Herald, indicating that the Indiana Pacers shooting guard is also part of the plan. While countless teams will likely come for Antetokounmpo when he’s a free agent, few will be going to the lengths Miami Heat reportedly is willing to.
Riley knows a thing or two about chasing big fish. In the summer of 2011, the organization made a series of strategic moves that positioned them to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh in a coup that sent shock waves across the league and resulted in two championship banners.
Back then, the Heat were lucky enough to already have a bargaining chip in Dwyane Wade. Wade and James were childhood friends and maintained a close relationship throughout the early years of their careers. This time around there aren’t any connections with roots that deeply tied to the Heat organization.