“If I don’t win the championship, then that season was not a success.
“Honestly, Rachel, I’m just focused on this season. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I have one year here, so I’m going make the best of this year.”
Those statements don’t sound like the Lakers are a lock to keep Davis after this season.
If the Heat have any plans towards making waves in 2020 free agency, then the expiring contracts of Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard are a valuable beginning, with $30.5M freed cap space, along with necessary trades to create enough room for next summer.
While the talk of Bradley Beal in Miami gets a lot of attention, Pat Riley likes former University of Kentucky players.
Jimmy Butler was an important first move in Miami’s version of a rebuild on the fly.
The second step might come from seeing which signings from 2017 can justify their contracts and generate an internal upgrade for the team.
In sum, if the Miami Heat, as currently built, can massively exceed expectations this season, then important free agents might take notice over the course of time.
Not signing aging stars, and keeping short-term contracts on the books, may be the best plan in order to keep all avenues open for interesting opportunities should they arise.