Even with a losing record and a top-10 payroll in the NBA, the Miami Heat lead by Erik Spoelstra and 73-year-old team president Pat Riley refuse to tank their season or undergo a rebuilding process.
On the topic of whether the Heat should tank their season for a high draft pick, Spoelstra responded “do the history on it. What franchises have had the most enduring sustainable success over the last 24 years? We’re up there with the top three or four. The teams that constantly tank, I don’t know where they are…but if you are hardwired to find a way to get it done without any excuses, you will find different pathways. There’s no one way to do it.”
Other NBA executives have noted the Heat’s lack of flexibility in the trade market with Josh Richardson their most valuable piece, but they feel that Richardson would only be available if the Heat could land a star in return.
The Heat have been frequently linked as a potential destination for John Wall as they believe their unique team culture could rehabilitate any player.