Worst case scenario, the trio of Run DLC (Dwyane, Lebron, and Chris) opts out after the 2014 season. Poof, gone.
Then again, that is highly unlikely as this team is now just starting to hit its stride as champs. They have two titles in three chances. Remember the “not one, not two, not three…” statement. These guys will be held to that if they fold up early. Not that such things like that matter anymore.
Aside from the Big 3 of the Heat’s core, there are other players who have made up the roster with decisions that need to be made. Mario Chalmers has a team option on the table for another $4M. He was one of 5 players that actually scored points in Game 7, but his erratic play can drive his teammates and coaches mad at times. Is there a better option out there or should the Heat keep him on board?
Ray Allen, the hero from Game 6 who steeled his presence in Heat lore forever, has a player option at $3M on the table for next season. It remains to be seen whether or not he returns, but considering his role on this team and his productivity, it is very likely he sticks around for another year.
And arguably one of the bigger heroes of this team – Chris “Birdman” Andersen – has a veteran option for $1.4M on the table, too. Can he leave and get better money? It may be possible – he won’t be in a better situation so that may be the deciding factor for the Birdman.
Riley made the mistake of trying to keep the team intact after the 2006 championship and faced players who lacked motivation. For this team, that may not be the case but it is always good to add new blood – see Shane Battier and Ray Allen. You need competitors on your roster and Lebron James is certainly one of the bigger ones in the league now.
So, relax Heat fans. There will be the usual talk out there but right now, this team is looking pretty solid heading into the 2013-2014 season for another title run.