Miami's No-Pressure Summer
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Unlike 29 of the NBA's 30 teams, the 2012 NBA champion Miami Heat doesn't have to do a thing this summer to upgrade its roster.
The Heat can simply coast like they're in a Will Smith Miami video.
That's how nicely this team is already built.
Contracts are signed and dotted.
No big decisions have to be made.
Just popping champagne for a couple of weeks until the Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh hit Las Vegas with the USA Basketball team as it prepares for this summer's London Olympics.
Twelve Heat players are already signed at $77 million and I doubt Miami will be bringing back its two free agents from this year's team--Juwan Howard and Eddy Curry.
The Heat are signing a monster television deal so times are good.
Miami President Pat Riley could choose to use the team's $3 million mid-level exception to lure a veteran who wants to come to Titletown USA.
Also, Mike MIller will likely reach some agreement with Miami management on how to best take his annual $6 million salary off the books for the next three seasons if he wants to step away because of his numerous injuries. Buyout-retirement or amnesty are options from the team's perspective.
All in all, not much has to be done here, except some fine-tuning.
If a star like Steve Nash, Jason Kidd or Marcus Camby wants to take a huge pay cut to win a ring, Riley will be more than happy to entertain them on a recruiting trip.
The Heat are limited in what they can offer--with that $3 million MLE being its biggest carrot.
But vets coming to the retirement state know that this Miami squad can also supply a different kind of karats, if you know what I mean.