Miami Heat target Kevin Durant in 2016 free agency; Pat Riley speaks about replicating LeBron James’ acquisition in 2010

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Kevin Durant could land with the Miami Heat this summer? That’s a possibility according to recent NBA rumors coming out of the Florida team.

Pat Riley, the president of the Miami Heat, is one of the most respected and feared executives in the National Basketball Association (NBA) because of his uncanny ability to make deals that make his Miami Heat instant title contenders in previous years.

Riley famously created the “Big Three” of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in 2010 and the Heat franchise bagged two NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 behind the trio.

Riley will try to create another “super team” this 2016 offseason with NBA rumors that the Miami Heat franchise will be aggressive in targeting Kevin Durant after the 2015-2016 NBA Season, when the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar will become a free agent.

Other teams reportedly interested in Durant are hometown team Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and even the defending champions, Golden State Warriors.

“You’ve got to really see the big picture in where you are. From 2014 to this point, once LeBron left, we had some decisions to make. We had always been looking at 2016 and 2017. Just like back in 2006 we looked at 2010,” Riley said via the Florida Sun Sentinel.

“What happens in ’16 and ’17, are the next two years of being able to build this team back to a championship contender. That’s our goal. That’s my goal. That’s my desire.”

The top free agent in the 2016 offseason is Durant while his OKC teammate, Russell Westbrook will also become a free agent in 2017. The possibility of another “Big Three” with the Miami Heat is possible with Durant, Westbrook and a re-signed Hassan Whiteside as part of the core.

Photo courtesy: J.smith/Wikimedia Commons

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