One of the questions Heat fans are asking themselves is how this team can improve from where it’s at right now. It’s hard to say that a team this close to a third straight title needs improvement but many are viewing this as the weakest of the four teams that made it to the NBA Finals including the team that eventually lost to the Dallas Mavericks in 2010.
An outside the box scenario some are starting to kick around is that Paul Pierce may bite the bullet and decide to join rank in South Beach, something that may cause the universe to tear in half. But while it’s an interesting situation to ponder, we are right in thinking it will never happen.
If Pierce is going to play somewhere at a discount, figure it being alongside Doc Rivers with the Clippers. As long as the Big Three return, and especially if they return by bypassing their early-termination options, the Heat will be limited by the tax to those with limited options in terms of both destination and salary.
Salary cap reasons aside, Paul Pierce hates Miami and everything it stands for and his joining Miami would be like Luke Skywalker suddenly deciding that the Dark Side has hotter chicks so he’s going to join up. It just doesn’t feel right and while Pierce makes the team better, having him on the opposite end of the court is a proven formula the Heat are wise to stick to.