The gossip of Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant going to the Miami Heat — or any of the other plethora of places that have been reported, isn’t some crazy revelation. What is however, is the way in which the Miami Heat brass intend on doing so.
According to Miami sports insider Dan Le Batard of ESPN, the Heat will essentially ignore long-time star player, Dwyane Wade, along with budding big man, Hassan Whiteside, in hopes of “getting into a room” with KD.
The plan is and always has been: Go after Durant and free everything up – so much so that you insulted your superstar this offseason by telling Dwyane Wade no on multiple years, even though that’s what he wanted. Dwyane, who deserves more of your allegiances as business and a company and management than Chris Bosh does. Because the whole thing is get in a room with Durant after this season.
What I’m telling you, no matter how much you laugh at it, is that the Heat is getting in the room with Durant. Now, what happens from there, who knows? But you can sit here and laugh at it all you want, but the plan, the construct is – the priority, the No. 1 thing this offseason – is get in the room with Durant
You do what you want with the information. All I’m telling you is priority No. 1 is not get Dwyane locked up, Whiteside locked up. No. 1 on the list is can you get the superstar that is the big get in free agency while also taking care of your people around that?
The chances of Durant landing in Miami seem very slim. First off, Wade would have to take accept something like $53 million less than the max he could accept if the Heat landed KD. Seeing that D-Wade has taken several discounts over the years, what are the odds of him doing it yet again?
Then there is the Chris Bosh issue. Will the dude ever play again? Nobody knows at this point and that seems like a big risk to bank on. In addition, will Bosh ever replicate his previous production — let alone suiting up?
Other factors like Hassan Whiteside and potentially trading Goran Dragic will also enter the conversation, so it seems far-fetched at this point to believe Kevin Durant would go to Miami even if the master genius, Pat Riley, “got him in a room.”
However, with that said, I’m still never counting Riles out of landing a player(s) ever again.