Reports are coming in quickly shedding light on who the Miami Heat are targeting with the midnight July start to free agency.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that Heat president Pat Riley has contacted Cleveland Cavaliers unrestricted free agent forward Luol Deng to register his "significant interest". They have also reportedly reached out to the agent of point guard Kyle Lowry, but the Raptors are said to be trying to aggressively woo him back with a large contract offer.
Woj is also reporting the Heat's trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are giving Pat Riley a window of opportunity to upgrade the roster, with a "framework of deals in place to remain with Miami, arming Riley with his limitations within the salary cap to sign talent", according to his sources. Suitors for James don't believe they will have a serious chance to bid for the services of James, the report goes on to state, and one general manager also believes the All-Star trio is buying time for Riley to complete free agency deals.
Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is reporting that the Heat are also showing interest in point guard Steve Blake, who was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors last season, and forwards Vince Carter and Shawn Marion, who last played together for the Dallas Mavericks.
All of the above are veterans in their 30s with plenty of NBA experience, but it's not exactly going to help the Heat get younger, athletic and more explosive. However, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee claims the Heat are among several teams expressing interest in Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas.