Heat Rumors: James, Riley, ‘Melo

June 14 at 3:43pm CST By Charlie Adams

It would take an epic comeback for the Heat to win their third straight title, as the Spurs’ lights out shooting and ever-impressive fundamentals have put Miami on the ropes heading into game five. Let’s round up the latest on the reigning champs..

  • LeBron James has grown to appreciate the way Micky Arison runs the Heat, and he trusts that Pat Riley has the know-how to put forth championship caliber clubs year in and year out, hears Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News. Lawrence thinks James’ fondness of the executive pairing will lead the All-Star forward into sticking around in Miami next season.
  • In the same piece, Lawrence suggests it would be a mistake for the Heat to pursue Carmelo Anthony this summer since the team doesn’t have a problem putting up points in bunches, and ‘Melo’s ability to score is his biggest asset.
  • Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel thinks that the Heat need to find a way to add an off-the-dribble scoring threat to complement James this offseason. James had a minutes burden due to a Miami rotation heavy on spot-up shooters and Dwyane Wade‘s regimented rest days.
  • Michael Beasley says his second stint in Miami has helped him mature as a player, observes Jeff Caplan of NBA.com. Beasley is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Cray Allred contributed to this post.

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