Five Reasons for Heat Fans to Keep Their Heads Up
Barring an injury or LeBron James signing elsewhere, there's no reason the Miami Heat won't be back in the Finals come June of 2015.
Despite what we saw against the Spurs, they remain head and shoulders better than pretty much every other team -- particularly in the East.
Immediately following the Finals loss, Vegas put the Heat right back on top as the early favorite to win it all next season, giving it 5-2, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio at 7-1. The next closest Eastern Conference teams are the Pacers and Bulls, each getting 15-1 odds.
2. Pat Riley Will Land a Major Player This Offseason
The Heat isn't done. This is a team with the tools, the resources, and the man who knows how to retool and regroup.
The Heat has a lot of decisions to make in the offseason and, of course, none bigger than what the Big 3 plan on doing.
LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh can opt out of their current contracts and resign. From there, the front office can figure out ways to make their contracts fit into what they want to do, while bringing in more help and upgrading certain positions.
From there, they can make a run at a solid player, like Raptors' point guard Kyle Lowry or, yes, even make a go at Carmelo Anthony.
There are a lot of moving parts, and things begin and end with the Big 3. But Pat Riley has proven again and again that he can pull off the right moves and bring in the right pieces to retool.
The offseason will be just as intriguing as the playoffs.