MIAMI (560 WQAM) -- Pat Riley and the Miami Heat have been known, especially in recent years, to go after the biggest names in the NBA. Whether it's through free agency or via trade, one can always expect the Heat to be "in the mix" before a trade deadline or in the offseason.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had his agent inform the franchise this week that their star big man would not be resigning with the organization and "wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship."
Davis, the 25-year old All-Star, would no doubt be the "whale" Riley has said he is searching to add since losing LeBron James to free agency in 2014. The question now becomes: Can Riley and the Heat once again pull off the unexpected and land another superstar talent?
ESPN's Jorge Sedano, a Miami native and former WQAM radio host, joined the "Donno and Friedo Show" and said the Heat "have some of the most immovable contracts in the NBA." He pointed to other teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers that have better pieces to trade for Davis.
The Heat are expected to have more cap room in 2020 as their larger contracts, such as those belonging to Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson, will have expired.
"I think the Heat are stuck in purgatory a little bit until they get these contracts off the books," Sedano said. "At that point, Riley can try to reconstruct.
"As far as the Heat are concerned, they are just stuck in the middle. They are in the spot you don't want to be in."
By Alex Solana