Following their second trip to the NBA Finals in four years, the Miami Heat face a crucial next few months to try and get back there once again next season.
The front office wants to improve this roster and isn’t afraid to spend big, which they signaled by going after Bradley Beal via trade before he was sent to Phoenix. With Beal off of the market, the Heat will have to look elsewhere. As they search for more big fish, the Heat will also have a range of decisions to make on their nine impending free agents. Let’s predict where they will all be playing on the opening night of next season.
Orlando Robinson – Miami Heat
After spending last season on a two-way deal, Orlando Robinson will hit restricted free agency. It’s not too controversial to say the Heat will likely retain the center. The 22-year-old big man did not play much this past season, but he’s still young, and it’s no secret that the Heat have a thing when it comes to developing young players; there will be a few on this list. With Miami’s backup center position far from cemented heading into the offseason, keeping Robinson around makes all the sense in the world, especially on another two-way deal.
Jamal Cain – Miami Heat
Again, another two-way player. Jamal Cain did not play much this past season, but when he did, he oftentimes showed glimpses of potential. Having recently just turned 24 years old, he’s young and has room to grow. The Heat should look to fortify their power forward depth this offseason, and keeping around Cain would help them do so. He could very well be the next project that becomes a legitimate rotational piece for the Heat. Whether it’s on another two-way or a standard deal, it’s not unreasonable to think the Heat should bring Cain back. Keep an eye on both Robinson and Cain in this year’s Summer League.