It's been "championship or bust" every year since the "Big Three" of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were created in the summer of 2010. Winning the championship two out of three years together isn't bad at all for the trio.
Of course, sharpshooter Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen, Rashard Lewis and Juwan Howard all face varying degrees of free agency this summer. Allen and Lewis own player options. The Heat own a team option with Chalmers.
Next year's Miami Heat should look quite different. That also may include one of the Big Three departing.
Chris Bosh Headed Out of Miami?
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe wrote on June 9:
There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh’s near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate. As much as Charlotte would love to build through the draft, team officials understand they have to start winning and need a player to be the face of the franchise. Bosh could serve that purpose.
Bosh addressed the rumors last week, saying, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
You know man, I don't care. I keep saying it. At first, I used to care. But that hindered my game and they're going to talk about you, anyway.
The rumors don't work for me on two levels.
One: it would be a bad move for the Bobcats to give up draft picks for the 29-year-old. They are coming off a 21-61 season—they need to focus on developing young players as they look to emerge out of the cellar of the NBA. Adding Bosh isn't going to catapult them to the title, so it's pointless. It's just squandering opportunities to add young talent. By the way, they have the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.
Also, Bosh isn't a franchise player. He can be a very good player, but anyone in their right mind wouldn't think about building their team around him, especially as he approaches 30 years of age.
I doubt this rumor will come to fruition, but I wouldn't be surprised if Bosh is traded over the summer if the Heat can get a major package in return for him. He's not an irreplaceable player, as evidenced when he scored zero points in Game 7 on Thursday.
Assistant Coach David Fizdale On His Way Out?
Last year, Heat assistant coach David Fizdale was garnering a lot of attention throughout the NBA for head coaching vacancies. The Portland Trail Blazers requested an interview with the 39-year-old, but he declined because he had just been signed a two-year extension to remain with Miami.
Now, Fizdale says he would consider a position if it was the right fit, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Fizdale said, via the report:
I'll listen. If it's the right situation, this summer, I think after a year of going through this again, learning more, really spending more time with Coach Rothstein, with Spo, with Pat, I feel a little closer to being ready for that, from the standpoint of knowledge and what to expect.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweeted on June 7 that the Philadelphia 76ers were interested in Fizdale:
Fizdale had stints with the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks before taking his talents to South Beach. His experience working with the Heat should greatly benefit him if he decides to take a head coaching job.