After 2010-2011 NBA Executive of the Year Pat Riley engineered one of the greatest offseasons in history re-signing his team’s superstar and adding 2 more in LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it is hard to doubt the capabilities of this guy. Think about it: he took arguably the best player in the league in LeBron from his hometown where he was idolized and somehow convinced Bosh to go from being a team’s primary scorer to its third scoring option. It’s never been done and it will be almost impossible for anyone else to replicate.
This is not to overshadow his efforts in acquiring Shaq and Zo at the most opportune times.
Free agency begins in 10 days. What tricks does Riley have up his sleeve this time?
There are some big names out there in free agency or potentially on the trading block: Nash, Nene, Crawford, Battier, Dalembert. Is there really a more attractive place to play for a big man or a point guard?
Acquiring Nash via trade doesn’t seem so unrealistic with Nash in the last year of his contract and age taking a toll on him. Look for the Heat to sign a center with the retirement of Big Z. Probably the most realistic option and certainly not a bad option to fill the void would be Samuel Dalembert. Nene would probably be the most expensive out of the group.
Some people may say that these big names are all a stretch. They said the same thing to him when Riley said he could get both LeBron and Bosh in Miami. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the past year, it is not to doubt the capabilities of Pat Riley.