Pat Riley pessimistic about adding big star to Heat

Miami Heat president Pat Riley said Thursday that the prospect of his team adding a big-name free agent, such as Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, was a “pipe dream.”

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would all have to opt out of their contracts and take considerable pay cuts to make room for such a player.

“But everyone thought 2010 was a pipe dream,” Riley said in reference to signing James to the Heat. “That’s not where we’re headed.”

While Anthony is close with James, a move to Miami could mean signing a deal with a starting salary of $13.8 million – a four-year deal worth $58.8 million in total. This would also mean a significant cut from his max deal of $129 million over five years if he signs with the Knicks.

Riley said he does not anticipate presenting a plant that requires James, Wade, and Bosh to take pay cuts if they opt out – though he is open to other ideas that could help the heat make another title run.

“It’s not about options. It’s not about free agency,” Riley said. “It’s about what we’ve done over four years. It’s about looking around the room now and seeing who is going to stand up. Those four years we’ve had with LeBron, we’re hoping to turn them into eight or 10. We’re not walking around on eggshells anymore.”

Ultimately, Riley is focused on keeping the core of the Heat together, and believes that is enough to keep them on top.

“How can we keep the guys together?” Riley added. “We’re prepared. We’ve got the main thing all written up. Whatever it takes to keep them together, we’re ready for. Let’s stay here and try to keep this thing going.”




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Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

The GREATNESS Of Lebron

This media idea that Lebron makes everyone around him better is well, just notion. In reality no so if you analyze the before the trio and now.

Before they colluded to Miami, Wade wass considered better than Lebron and Bosh was an excellent power forward with an excellent post up game.

Turn the clock forward to now, Wade and Bush are stock in no men's land if you look at their dilemma.

Wade - gave up so much, took a pay cut and hand the keys of his to Lebron. Yes, injuries have prevent him from being the player that he once was but Lebron's ball dominance has made his case worse. Moreover, he now has the responsibility of managing the salary cap of the Miami Heat if they want to compete. Thus, he is obligated to take a pay cut in the twilight of his career. With his cartridge less knee he is not getting a new contract in the NBA or may be a good one. Off the court, he has been in and out of the family court that def has lowered his bank accounts. Now, Riley wants him to take a pay cut for the good of the team... Though decision!!!

Bosh - He was close to 20 and 10 guy in Toronto with a very good post up and mid range game. Now with the spread offense and give it to Lebron to go on one he has become a 3 point specialist. That is two much to swallow. He also has to sacrifice and take a pay cut to feed the ongoing gig

Lebron- He has benefit from the trio, he won two chips, final MVPs, regular season MVPs, and the media thinks that he is a KING. Now he is opting out and may move to greener pastures and leave his so called friends hanging. Again, he is looking for the next gig through FA.


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KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Any man with Slicked hair is the equivalent of that "Slick"Take nothing Pat Riley Says Serious until it happen he is the ultimate mob boss and they alway speak in passive aggressive natures 

kidrobot
kidrobot

Can Phil & co. pull Rondo and Jeff Green for Stat, Shumpert and a 1st Rounder?  Interesting couple of weeks..............

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

It's actually not a rebuild, it's a build. We had no system before, no real plan. _'Antonio didn't build around Melo, and Woodson system was "ooh we got Melo!" What Phil is trying to do is actually build a team around Melo. For a while we were trying to blend STAT and Melo, and then realized there was not much left of STAT to build around. No matter where he had been Phil's plan had been build a dynasty around premier talent, and that is what he'll do. If you think Phil wants to stay over without a premier talent, ok holds that opinion. You are wrong but that's your right. If Phil has to do a full rebuild because Melo leaves he will but it would add years to the plan.

EA23
EA23

@pezhao I believe retooling around a star is our best bet to make it to the finals. The east conference title can be had with Melo + a good supporting cast and a good HC. Phil has a plan. I really doubt he is going to blow it all up and start a complete rebuild. As a matter of fact he never coached a team that was rebuilding and I honestly think he isnt about to preside over a team thats basically going to tank his first season as team president.

rico
rico

Riley was spewing some serious BS in that press conf. He seemed to be contradicting himself every other statement. He sounded scared and desperate. He seemed to admonish Lebron, " winners don't look for the first door " he impined. Funny Pat didn't say that when LBJ was bailing out of Cleveburg?

I suspect miami is going to try and get that nice pg from toronto..whats, his name? The guy we nearly traded for (and should have) last year

kidrobot
kidrobot

@Sandro Guedes you know Melo told them to go get Rondo.  If Rondo really wants NY, it can happen.  Honestly, Shumpert or Hardaway.  I wouldn't be mad at a Rondo/Hardaway  back court or a Rondo/Shumpert back court.  

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

The Celtics had a complete team built. Won a championship and made runs. Then Ray Allen jumped ship. Rondo gets hurt. They tried to recuperate and didn't. Then felt it was time to cash out. They traded KG, and Pierce. Let Rondo come back slowly and Rebuild. But they had a finished product at one point. We've had pieces that were maximized when we had a lot of veteran leadership, but even then not much of a plan or a system built.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@pezhao

Yeah it's silly to debate the semantics; just depends on your frame of reference.  It's a "re"-build if you consider that the Knicks "built" a 54-win team two seasons ago, or that they built a perennial Eastern Conference contender during the 90s...

At the end of the day, the point is that Phil wants to scrap most of the current roster.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@rico  I don't know how they are getting the budget to do that. Unless Bosh and Wade opts out (not happening)or he signs for a MLE.

rico
rico

@goldbuddha Celtics won that chip because the then GM of the T Wolves gave KG to his old pal Danny Ainge and so it went.  Without the Garnet gift the Celtics would likely still be languishing.


Ainge is rebuilding well and will soon have ample cap space and a mother load of draft picks…and one star

rico
rico

@BigChiefTriangle Yep 2013 was their shot and they blew it.  54 wins was nice and a lot of dramatic feel-good wins but injuries to the elders and bizarreness with JR even Chandler quashed that.  Last year was the hangover from the previous year.  Nobody expected Kidd (who was on contract) to quit and coach across the river.  Bargnani was a hail mary that failed. Since 2013 we are in what I call "the big wait"…to remove the stat, barges, chandler contracts and reboot the roster.


Expect little this year, installing the phil systems, tinkering with the roster, maybe a trade at the deadline, could be lotto bound in a year.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@BigChiefTriangle  Well we have some expiring contracts coming off the books by default they will not be around. However, the upcoming year will be a measure of how good this roster is. IMO, with one middle of the road trade, we can compete and win over 50 games.

EA23
EA23

@pezhao If the Knicks dont retain Melo then absolutely they rebuild. But I think Phils priority right now is keeping him. If he stays its pretty simple. Surround him with better system smarter players. THIS is our best option to win anything in the forseeable future. 


Now if they cant retain him then sure blow it all up ASAP. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@pezhao  I'd say its Re-tooling not Re-building...potato...po-ta-to maybe..but to me they aren't one in the same.

rico
rico

@Tony Fonseca @rico I'm guessing Bosh is the one who doesn't buy into the Riley BS and takes a walk to Dallas or LA. 

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@thatsagoodpoint @kidrobot @Sandro Guedes  I am not sure Rondo is going to be on the Knick. He def does not fit the PG for the triangle. Phil likes tall, good defenders, and most important good shooters. Rondo is not a good shooter.

kidrobot
kidrobot

@Sandro Guedes if we somehow get a pick and wind up with PJ Hairston, I wouldn't sleep on something like this/that happening.  Otherwise, Hairston makes absolutely no sense with Shump, THJr & JR on the roster

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@thatsagoodpoint @Tony Fonseca @MeloStat301 @goldbuddha  That is an excellent question. IMO, Phil already has a plan to do it. I can speculate that will be giving the likes of Shump, THJr, Murry, and Aldrige a chance to develop. Straight JR like he did with Rodman, get some vets at bargain price. Looking for some non performers at the end of the bench of other teams. And the biggest one spend the money on Young talents on the cusp of superstars and get ONE YOUNG Superstars  to pair with MELO.

EA23
EA23

@pezhao Melo is not staying if the Knicks are gutted and no chance of being competitive. Which imho is what Boston did. He is not going into rebuild mode at age 30.

EA23
EA23

@pezhao they went from a 50+ win season to a 30+ season in one year.  All the front office did was tweak the supporting cast with a few players retiring and brought back the same coach.


Why is it so hard to believe that a small move here or there can right the ship and get us back to winning games?

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@pezhao  We said the same about Miami in 2009 and you know what happened. The new CBA allows you to become a contender instantly through FA. And the Knicks have that opportunity in 2015

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@pezhao  It's only been one losing season in the last 4 years..record wise.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@pezhao  If Phil spends wisely, which I think he will, we will compete very soon. Plus we have some talent on the roster that we need to develop....

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@pezhao  You are correct we have not been good since Riley left in 1995 but there is a new sheriff in town. We cannot change the past, but the future looks bright IMO.