The future remains bright for the NBA champion Spurs, but things are cloudy when it comes to the franchise that won the previous two before Sunday’s San Antonio blowout.
A whopping 12 of Miami’s 15 players can become free agents this summer. Reports indicate Chris Andersen definitely is opting out and Shane Battier is retiring. Of course, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each can either opt-out of their contracts or stay put. Ray Allen might retire and Mario Chalmers is coming off of a terrible Finals.
The team will look quite different, though if the stars decide to stick around for at least another year, it should not be too hard to reload on the cheap. What is clear is that more depth is desperately needed.
The Big Three was not giving anything away after the season came to a disappointing close on Sunday night. They will take some time to figure it out and you cannot read too much into statements like Wade’s “it’s been a hell of a ride these four years” or James saying he would take two title wins in four chances, no questions asked, as a sign that it is all over for this group.