“The Statement” has been made as Lebron James has made a bold move and taken his act back to Cleveland. This will affect the Miami Heat greatly. Let’s take a look at the Heat’s future for the 2014-2015 NBA Season.
He’ll Be Missed
LBJ took the Heat to 4 consecutive NBA Finals and helped them win 2 championships. From watching the Finals against the Spurs, Pat Riley clearly has a lot of work to do if he wants the Heat to be a viable betting pick for the 2014 -2015 NBA Championship.
Bosh and Wade Will Be Back
It looks like Chris Bosh was headed to Houston and Dwayne Wade opted out of his contract in a form of solidarity as Lebron James is his close friend, but both players will be back. Bosh has already signed a lucrative contract and although he’s not the player that he once was, Dwayne Wade will get paid as he’s been the face of this franchise for many years.
The Heat moved up in the NBA draft to get former Connecticut Huskies star, Shabazz Napier, as a way to entice James to return to South Beach. Lebron expressed a deep interest in Napier’s game.
The Heat might not have LBJ, but they’ll have a player in Napier to run the show after coming off of a championship season with UConn. Napier is a multi-faceted guard that can shoot, pass, and rebound. He’s a sensational draft pick and Miami will benefit in the long run with Napier as a key player on this team.
I’m never going to say that this is a better Heat team than last years, but President Pat Riley has taken an aggressive stance with the loss of King James.
He’s signed Luol Deng to a 2-year contact while picking up bigman Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. This might actually be a deeper Heat team than last season, but the only player that will be missing will be Lebron James.
I kind of relate this to when Michael Jordan retired for a year to play baseball. Scottie Pippen and Toni Kukoc had to take over the team. Look for Wade to have a much improved season and Chris Bosh will play a much larger role like the one that he played in Torono.
Time For Retirement?
Just coming out in the news today, Ray Allen announced that he’s thinking about retirement. It’s clear that Allen isn’t the same player that he once was and was only in Miami to win an NBA Title. Allen suited his purpose to the Heat as he hit a last second 3-pointer in the 2012-13 NBA Finals to eventually give the Heat the NBA Title over the San Antonio Spurs.
What To Expect?
We could possibly see Pat Riley make some more moves and for now, Eric Spoelstra’s job appears to be safe. Look for Shabazz Napier to make an immediate impact on the new look Heat while Wade and Bosh continue to play their same roles. These are still two of the better players in the NBA and we can also see Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Udonis Haslem return to a team that will need their services now more than ever.
We take a look at Bovada Sportsbook and the Cleveland Cavaliers jump to the front of the line as a 7/2 betting pick to win the 2014-15 NBA Championship. Odds makers have totally lost respect for Miami as they are now a 25/1 shot to win it all. It doesn’t seem likely that the Heat will win it all, but at 25/1, it’s worth taking a shot as somewhat of a lottery pick. These are very favorable NBA betting odds.