Miami Heat president Pat Riley revealed the team's main goal for this offseason is to take care of the players they already have on their roster, all while looking at ways to improve their roster with other free agents.
The Heat, who signed five-time NBA All Star Jimmy Butler in the summer of 2019, didn't enter this past season as one of the main title contenders but they played above expectations and ended up making the NBA Finals -- in which they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2.
The Heat will be hoping to agree on a new extension with starting guard Goran Dragic and starting center Bam Adebayo, while some of the free agent name on the team include Meyers Leonard, Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill and Derrick Jones Jr.
-- Kelly Olynyk has a player option for the next season. "We have a good idea of what we want to do,'' Riley said in his annual end-of-season media availability, per ESPN. "We know what our priorities are.
It is to take care of the players that we have, that we have to make decisions on almost immediately. We know Bam has a decision to make and we do with him. We know the guys that have sacrificed for us that we really like, our free agents, especially Goran.'
Heat president Riley won't force any offseason moves
"I just think we need to remain fluid,'' Riley added. "Once we get all the numbers and we get everything down, we get the schedule, we know when the dates are, and what the rules are in everything, once we get all of that, we're going to remain fluid.
And whatever presents itself to us, we'll look at it.' ' Riley was also more than thrilled with the job Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did this past season. "Spo was the coach of the year, for me,'' Riley insisted.
Shortly after losing the NBA Finals, Butler said he didn't deliver his promise and he will try to lead the Heat to the title next season. "This is what my team needed me to do, the organization asked of me," Butler said.
"I told them that I would win them one and I didn't hold up my end of the bargain, so that means I got to do it next year. I told Coach Pat, I told Coach Spo I'm here to win one. I didn't do my job, so moving forward, I got to hold up my end of the bargain."