The Miami Heat will inevitably need to perform some radical changes in their structure in order to return to success next season. It’s not that LeBron James and his company was not successful since they first came together. However, since the Heat won their last championship they got worse as a team while several other teams around the NBA became better, San Antonio Spurs included. So, what should the Heat do in order to win the NBA Championship next season?
1) Re-sign the Big Three
Don’t get tricked here. No.1 doesn’t state “the Big Three should stay in Miami”. That’s because there is one major difference between re-signing and just retaining the Big Three. Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James hold player options for the upcoming season, each of which has a $20.5 million value. If the Big Three choose to exercise their respective options there will be not enough cap space for Miami to bring enough talent to surround the Big Three. And it doesn’t have to be Carmelo Anthony the guy whom the Heat will target. But how about a player like Trevor Ariza or Kyle Lowry or maybe Pau Gasol?
If the Big Three are re-signed to lower, more reasonable contracts, the Heat will have the flexibility to add a fourth significant member onboard. That of course, will require some financial sacrifices from the Big Three. Especially Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade might have to leave a few millions on the table to help their team win another championship. After all, Bosh is in the books for $20 million and Tim Duncan has a player option for half the money. And of course Bosh is much younger than Duncan but who is the better player?
2) Finally bring a center.
Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jamaal Magloire were some of the big men who masqueraded as starting centers for the Miami Heat since the Big Three came together. Chris Bosh eventually took over at the position. However, Miami’s weakness inside has been exposed multiple times over the last few seasons. It’s time for a true center to come onboard if the Big Three continue to play together. It doesn’t have to be a superstar like Dwight Howard or Marc Gasol to make this team significantly better. In fact, even a player like Chris Kaman or Emeka Okafor could make the difference.
3) Role players – shooters
The Heat will continue to need some capable role players to support their Big Three, preferably with shooting skills. Ray Allen will be 39 next season but he appeared to be a in a relatively good shape so he could be re-signed by the Heat for one more season. Players like Jodie Meeks, Ramon Sessions and even Patrick Mills could be solid pieces of the Heat’s rotation.
4) Stay focused and motivated
After four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two NBA Championships it might be hard for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and whoever else might return for another season with Miami to stay highly motivated. However, if the Heat want to call their team a dynasty, continuity, a high level of focus and motivation should always be there. The Heat can reach the top of the league next season. But to do so, they will have to stop getting worse as time progresses and start getting better.