The Miami Heat finished the 2018-19 season with a 39-43 record and the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. They entered this offseason with no cap space and no real plans for the future. It was fair to pencil them in for another losing season.
Then Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside opted into the final years of their deal thus continuing to destroy Miami’s salary cap and setting them up for another year of irrelevancy.
But Pat Riley wasn’t going out like a bitch. The 74-year old mafioso rolled up his sleeves and got shit down.
Enter Jimmy Butler.
Pat Riley heard the rumors that the Houston Rockets were discussing a sign-and-trade deal to acquire Jimmy Butler and hijacked their plane redirecting the flight to Miami.
Not only did Miami steal Jimmy Butler in the middle of the night in easily the biggest heist of free agency, but they managed to dump Kelly Olynk and only sacrifice Josh Richardson and Derrick Jones.
And just like that, they have a star in a league where you only need one to compete. Look at Detroit. All they have is Blake Griffin and they snuck into the postseason with Jon Leuer and Ish Smith playing ‘meaningful’ minutes.
Putting Jimmy Butler on this team instantly makes Miami a threat. Especially in an Eastern Conference with Kawhi Leonard for sure leaving and Kevin Durant not having a working achilles. A Jimmy Butler led Heat team can beat the Raptors and Nets right now.
But Pat Riley wasn’t done with the magic tricks as he sent Hassan Whiteside’s weird ass to Portland for Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard, two significant role players on a team that made it to the Western Conference Finals. They’re war ready.
My god. Pat Riley might fuck around and flip Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynk, Derrick Jones, Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and some draft picks for Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard.
Pat Riley is all the way in his bag right now. Don’t be shocked if Kawhi just ends up on the Heat out of nowhere.
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