Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) is pressured by Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Is The Heat’s Secret Plan Pau Gasol?


NBA Rumors

All is quiet on the Miami Heat front — perhaps too quiet.

While the growing opinion around the league is that the Big Three (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) will all re-sign with the Miami Heat, there’s still the issue of who’s going to join them.

After being linked to Kyle Lowry for the past month, it seems like that ship has sailed — he’s making a decision between the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors later this week.

The Heat never really showed much interest, which is weird. Not even a phone call?

In any case, despite the obscure silence around South Beach, many around the league aren’t quite buying Pat Riley’s “inactivity.” So much so, that many believe that Pat is plotting HIS move — and a big one. It kind of has to come like now.

And with Lowry off the table, we come to the other of the Heat’s two glaring weaknesses — the center position. With Marcin Gortat re-signing with the Washington Wizards, it’s likely that the Heat should shift its focus towards the second best center in this year’s unrestricted free agent class — Pau Gasol.

Which they have done already.

[via Yahoo]

Free-agent center Pau Gasol had a telephone conversation with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Tuesday and could talk again with the franchise in the near future, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The cost for Gasol could still be prohibitive for the Heat, but there’s little doubt he could be an intriguing part to a supporting cast in Miami. So far, Gasol is still pushing for a $10 million-$12 million annual salary, league sources said.

Is this why Riley has been uncharacteristically quiet during the first day and a half of free agency? Possibly, but not really. Realistically, Miami is only going to have a handful of cap space, not tons, after the Big Three agree to terms, assuming they do. And I’m not sure if the Heat is going to have the luxury of an extra $10 mill per season laying around.

But if Gasol buys into sacrifice, I guess you never know.

Gasol would finally fill the void that the Heat have long had to carry at the center position, since the Big Three all signed back in 2010. It would also do wonders for Chris Bosh, whose had to play the “center” role for far too long.

 

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