NBA Rumors: Is Pat Riley ready to leave Dwyane Wade to rope in Kevin Durant?

NBA Rumors: Is Pat Riley ready to leave Dwyane Wade to rope in Kevin Durant?

Kevin Durant will be meeting a handful of teams to hear free agent proposals. Miami Heat president Pat Riley will get an opportunity to convince him to leave Oklahoma City Thunder.

And Pat Riley has been a mastermind when it comes to pursuing the most sought after free agent. A few years back, he convinced a top free agent named LeBron James to join Miami Heat. The franchise clinched back to back titles during the James’ era in 2012 and 2013.

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But if the Heat retains Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade in free agency, then they won’t have the cap space to rope in Kevin Durant. Whiteside is eyeing a max contract worth $23 million and Dwyane Wade has earned a $20 million salary last season. So, Miami has to sacrifice one of their stars to acquire Kevin Durant.

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Why Should Durant sign with the Miami Heat?

It is widely regarded that the 27-year-old All-star will re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one maximum year contract. The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are keen to secure his services.

When Riley convinced LeBron James, he had two top superstars on board. Miami reached the NBA Finals for four consecutive times in that phase with a team comprising of the Big Three. James, Wade and Chris Bosh.

Kevin Durant is desperate to clinch the NBA title at this stage of his career and the Heat president gets a chance to persuade him to land in Miami. Riley is cerebral in assembling a star-studded team. Despite the rumors of Dwyane Wade will leave Miami in free agency, the front office is confident of retaining him. Chris Bish is also expected to return next season, according to the Forbes.

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The three together could become a nightmare for any opposition in the league. So, Kevin Durant could grab the money and an opportunity to taste blood in the NBA if he lands in Miami.

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