Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat president Pat Riley and his wife Chris Riley watch during the fourth quarter of game four against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Miami Heat preparing for 2016 free agency?

Sunday was a big day for the Miami Heat. The team reportedly agreed to terms with forward Luol Deng (two-year, $20 million contract), guard Mario Chalmers (two-year contract) and center Chris “Birdman” Andersen to a multi-year deal.

Coalesce these transactions with those the Heat made early on in free agency and they all set the team up to have requisite cap room to target marquee free agents in 2016.

According to Ethan J. Skolnick we can expect the Heat to continue offering two-year deals.

The 2016 free agency class is expected to be loaded with talent, potential free agents include: Kevin Durant, LeBron James – highly unlikely to leave Cleveland twice –, Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRoazan, Al Horford, along with many others.

In ESPN’s Brian Windhorst article titled “LeBron deal has eye on future cap“, Windhorst brought up the potential increase in the salary cap, stating “Depending on how the new television contracts are put together, the salary cap is projected to leap to as high as $80 million in 2016.” The current cap sits at $63.065 million.

 
“Depending on how the new television contracts are put together, the salary cap is projected to leap to as high as $80 million in 2016.” – ESPN’s Brian Windhorst
With the Heat having guys under contracts that terminate in 2016, this would allow the Heat to open up the coffer and sign one or possibly two star free agents to pair with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Josh McRoberts, rookie Shabazz Napier and whomever may be under contract at that point.

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