The future fate of the Miami Heat rests on the shoulders of the Big Three. While LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all have the option to become free agents this offseason, let's assume that they'll all stay in Miami for at least one more year.
Based on what Chris Bosh said on The Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN Radio, that seems like the best bet at this point. Here's Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick with the transcription:
Rather than conduct a conventional interview, Le Batard—the longtime Miami Herald columnist—and co-host Jon "Stugotz" Weiner played two games with the Miami Heat forward/center, first asking him to "fill in the blank" and then asking him to answer "true or false."
Le Batard stated that Bosh—who can opt out of his contract after this season—will be in Miami next year.
"True," Bosh answered.
"And so will LeBron...," Le Batard continued.
"True," Bosh replied.
If Miami's stars stay put, though, who should join them next season? With only three other players (Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Norris Cole) under contract past this season, Miami will have plenty of opportunities to restructure the supporting cast, considering a lot of free agents should be willing to take a discount to play for a title.
Let's take a look at Miami's needs and a few of those free-agent options the Heat could explore next season.