Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside or Kevin Durant- Who is at the top of Miami Heat’s priority list this summer’s free agency trade? Sources reveal that the Heat management is considering former MVP Kevin Durant as their most important target this summer.
According to Dane Le Batard of ESPN, the franchise is ignoring its own superstars’ demands to pursue Durant.
“The plan is and always has been: Go after Durant and free everything up – so much so that you insulted your superstar this offseason by telling Dwyane Wade no on multiple years, even though that’s what he wanted. Dwyane, who deserves more of your allegiances as business and a company and management than Chris Bosh.
Because the whole thing got in a room with Durant after this season. What I’m telling you, no matter how much you laugh at it, is that the Heat is getting in the room with Durant. Now, what happens from there, who knows? But you can sit here and laugh at it all you want, but the plan, the construct is – the priority, the No. 1 thing this offseason – got in the room with Durant.” Wrote Le Batard.
The Miami Heat has a history of going all-out for superstar free agents. They stunned the league circuit by signing LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010. Dwyane Wade also resigned with the franchise.
Now, will Kevin Durant consider Miami Heat? He has other options too. Durant can re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder given its success in the playoffs. If he wants to leave for a fierce contender, the Golden State Warriors are a better option. If he wants to switch over to the East, the Boston Celtics are a much-balanced team.
In order to clear cap space for the Thunder All-star, Miami needs to trade to of their starters. This might dissuade Durant from considering the 48-win team because the former MVP has clarified that at this point in his career, he is looking forward to winning his maiden NBA championship.
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