A majority of the work Miami will be looking to get done will be in-house, but there is still a chance the organization could make some minor moves on the market to tweak its veteran roster.
Re-signing Chris Andersen has to be a top priority for the Heat this offseason.
There’s no way it can’t be, considering the immense impact Andersen has had in Miami since being signed to a 10-day contract back in January. That impact has only been magnified in the playoffs, as the Birdman has been incredibly efficient with his scoring and has significantly aided the Heat in the paint on both ends of the court.
It’s become common knowledge that Andersen would like to remain in Miami, but it will likely be a question of whether or not he would be willing to accept less money to remain a member of the Heat.
After re-emerging and displaying that he can still contribute at a high level, it’s not a stretch to think other teams might be interested in trying to acquire Andersen’s talent.
Plus, the fact that Andersen has become a key ingredient to Miami’s success makes him that much more valuable to those around the league who would like to thwart LeBron James and the Heat.
Norris Cole has been impressive throughout these NBA playoffs, and there’s a chance he could win the job as Miami’s starting point guard next season.
However, this doesn’t mean the Heat should simply let Mario Chalmers walk. The Heat's starting point guard has a team option worth $4 million.
Chalmers has been an integral part of Miami’s success over the past few years and fits into the Heat’s DNA quite nicely. He can spot-up,hit open threes, defend and create shots if needed.
Plus, quality depth is a big reason why the Heat have risen to the top of the league.
To put it simply, it would be somewhat shocking if the Heat didn’t decide to amnesty shooting guard Mike Miller.
While Miller has hit some big shots during his time in Miami, most notably in his Game 5 effort in the 2012 NBA Finals, there are too many question marks surrounding his health.
Miller’s issues, whether it be his back or his knees, have severely limited his ability to consistently produce like Miami would like him to.
And quite frankly, he takes up too much of the Heat’s cap space for them to be giving him what they are right now. Miller is scheduled to make $6.2 million for the 2013-14 season.
That’s a decent chunk of cap space the Heat would love to have in order to be flexible when it comes to their supporting cast, especially with next season being pivotal due to LeBron James’ possible (and likely) opt-out next summer.
Shooting guard Ray Allen holds a player option worth a little more than $3.2 million for next season.
The Heat will undoubtedly make it a top priority to ensure Allen elects to return for a second season in Miami. If the team wins a championship in a few weeks, that decision will likely be a little bit easier for Allen to make.
Either way, it’s clear adding arguably the greatest three-point shooter of all time has been a luxury the Heat have enjoyed throughout this season and playoff run.
Allen led the Heat from beyond the arc this season, hitting 139 of his 332 attempts.
While it may not be an actual move, Miami will be doing a lot of watching this offseason. As it is, the Heat organization already has over $85 million in salaries committed to the 2013-14 season.
Even if Ray Allen declines his option of $3.2 million, the Heat will still be up to the neck in luxury tax payments.
You might see the organization make a few moves outside of the ones mentioned in this article, but don’t expect Pat Riley and Micky Arison to make any big splashes as they have in years past.
2014, however, will be a different story.