Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat president Pat Riley enters the stadium prior to the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Pat Riley Preparing For FA Trip To LA


NBA Rumors

With nearly every “top” second tier free agent already agreeing to terms, and none of them with the Miami Heat, it’s time for Pat Riley to back a bag and take a free agent recruiting trip to Los Angeles.

He’ll be selling selling the promise of rings, rather than the fact that the Heat may not have much money to offer.

Quite frankly, in simpler words, Riley is on his way to try and snag Trevor Ariza.

With the free agency class drying up, and the likes of Marcin Gortat and Kyle Lowry all re-signing with their teams, the Heat haven’t really done anything to “improve” their roster. LeBron James hasn’t guaranteed that he’s going to re-sign in Miami and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade haven’t exactly “agreed” to taking significant enough pay cuts to bring in big time talents.

The Heat are, in a way, stuck.

It’s time for Pat Riley to begin doing some of that magic that he did in 2010 — and that could start on this trip to Los Angeles. If Riley can get a promise, and fight off the huge money, from Ariza, that would be huge.

It won’t be easy, and there’s definitely no guarantee, but if Riley wants to keep LeBron in Miami this is almost a must.

If the Heat strikeout on Ariza, then what exactly is left?

Lance Stephenson?

Vince Carter?

Chauncey Billups?

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