The Miami Heat are facing a lot of pressure this free agency as they need to try and find a way to keep LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together for the next few years.
But so far there’s been what seems to be so-so effort on the part of the Heat to get things going and as a result things are slipping away from them in the process.
Miami needs something to go their way but after four years of having the Big 3 in town, it appears that the Heat’s luck has run out.
[Update: 7/8/14 12:18AM] Marc Stein ponders if Carmelo Anthony is waiting for Chris Bosh to make a decision on signing with the Rockets so that he can come to Miami with LeBron James.
Popular question raised by last five teams I’ve talked to: Is Melo holding out in hopes Bosh goes to Houston so he can join LeBron in Miami?
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2014
[Update: 7/7/14 3:38PM] Following the deal with Josh McRoberts, the Miami Heat have signed free agent Danny Granger to a two-year deal worth $4.2 million.
Free agent Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Miami Heat, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
[Update: 7/7/14 3:05PM] The Miami Heat have agreed to a four-year, mid-level deal with Charlotte Hornets free agent big man Josh McRoberts.
ESPN learned that Josh McRoberts has verbally committed to sign with the Miami Heat — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2014
Free agent forward Josh McRoberts has agreed to a four-year contract with the Heat using the full-mid level, a source said. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 7, 2014
[Update: 7/7/14 9:46AM] It appears that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are losing faith that LeBron James will be back in 2014-15.
Around Bosh/Wade, there’s uneasiness about James’ intent; uncertainty. No one’s sure — yet. Heat aren’t done, but empire’s teetering. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
[Update: 7/7/14 9:15AM] LeBron’s return to the Cavaliers is pretty much a done deal, says random and totally plugged in Cleveland cupcake shop.
Just texting with a friend who is directly tied in with Lebron and his camp, and he swears on his life #TheReturn to Cleveland is a done deal. Per his sources, calls have already been made to other current Cavaliers to spread the news. If this is true, and like anything on the internet, take that with a grain of salt… are you ready to get out your old jersey and welcome Lebron home?!?
[Update: 7/7/14 9:06AM] It appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping Marcus Thornton and Jarrett Jack in an effort to clear cap space for LeBron James.
In pursuit of max slot for LeBron James, Cavs searching for team to take Nets’ Marcus Thornton in deal to unload Jarrett Jack, sources say. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
[Update: 7/6/14 8:55AM] That letter Dan Gilbert wrote back in 2010 that blew up LeBron for leaving the Cavaliers has seemingly come back to bite him in the final stretch of landing LeBron back in Cleveland.
The Cavs still have several hurdles to overcome. Rival teams are skeptical that James and Gilbert will be able to patch up their differences in the wake of James’ televised “announcement” and Gilbert’s subsequent open letter that attacked James’ character and got him fined by then-commissioner David Stern. There has been a cooling of the tension between the parties in recent years, but James still harbors some ill feelings that both would have to attempt to settle before any partnership could be renewed, sources said.
[Update: 7/6/14 10:25pm] It appears that after a weekend of hearing they have no chance of re-signing LeBron James, the Miami Heat will have a face-to-face meeting with him this week.
[Update: 6/5/14 11:11AM] Luol Deng remains on the Heat’s wish list of free agents and as a result Pat Riley brought head coach Erik Spoelstra with him to Chicago to meet with Deng and try to convince him to sign in Miami.
Miami president Pat Riley plans to meet with free agent Luol Deng in Chicago today, league source tells Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014