Even though the Heat captured the 2012 NBA championship on Thursday night, their roster may look very different entering next season, writes Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. The team’s core obviously stay, but they’ll have to re-sign or replace a number of players who were key during their title run. Here's Kennedy on what's next for Miami and more..
- Sources close to the Heat say that Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, Grant Hill, Andre Miller, Ray Allen, and Jermaine O’Neal are among the players who could be targeted with the mini mid-level exception. Brandon Roy is another option for Miami and would be a low-risk, high-reward signing. Sources close to Roy believe he wants to sign with a contender.
- Miami also holds a first-round pick (No. 27) for the first time since forming the Big Three. The Heat obviously need a big man and could look to grab Fab Melo, Festus Ezeli, or Jared Sullinger if he falls far enough.
- Rashard Lewis is training at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas and sources say he’ll likely sign with a contender once he is waived by the Hornets. The 32-year-old is anxious to win after spending the last two seasons with the Wizards.
- Veteran Maurice Evans hopes to return to the Wizards next season. The guard averaged 9,7 PPG in 26 games for Washington in 2010/11 but saw his playing time slashed last season as the club looked to audition younger talent.