Pat Riley is one of the most respected executives around the league with both rival NBA general managers and players looking up to him. The latest NBA rumors has the Miami Heat being one of the possible destinations for Kevin Durant this summer and Riley is expected to be aggressive in his pursuit of one of the best players in the league.
Can Pat Riley bring Kevin Durant to Miami like he did in delivering LeBron James and Chris Bosh some years back to team up with Dwyane Wade and form the popular Heat “Big Three”?
Bill Simmons from theringer.com speculates that Riley’s magic can work again in the 2016 offseason in trying to lure Durant to Miami.
“Miami lurks as the darkest of horses, mainly because of Riley’s storied history of pulling off talent coups. He stole Tim Hardaway, Goran Dragic, and Shaquille O’Neal in separate deals for 50 cents on the dollar,” Simmons wrote.
“He nearly stole Juwan Howard from Washington before David Stern vetoed Riley’s overly creative offer sheet. In the summer of 2010, he somehow convinced LeBron James, the league’s best player since Michael Jordan, to align with Dwyane Wade AND fellow free agent Chris Bosh.”
On July 10, 2010, Riley made deals with Toronto and Cleveland that got the Heat Bosh and James. It paid off for Miami as they won two titles behind the “Big Three”.
Simmons went on and mentioned the NBA rumors that Durant will consider six teams in this free agency, and one of those teams are the Heat. Simmons notes that once again, Riley will try to do his magic and get Durant for Miami.
“On Friday night, news broke that Miami landed one of the six coveted meetings with Durant, the biggest free-agent prize since 2010,” Simmons added about the possibility of the Kevin Durant to Miami because of the presence of Riley.
“For years and years and years, Pat Riley simply wanted to get in the room with someone like that — bring the rings, bring the charm, bring the swagger, let the reputation do the rest.”
Will 2010 repeat itself for the Heat in 2015 when Riley convinces the top free agent to go to his team? NBA rumors will continue until Durant decides on his destination this summer and July 1 is just a few days away to officially open the 2016 free agency season.
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