It should come as no surprise with Pat Riley still in charge that the Miami Heat are expected to be big players in free agency this year. They'll have plenty of money to spend after from the books.
Whether they're able to entice a star such as Blake Griffin or Gordon Hayward to take their talents to South Beach remains to be seen, but the Heat will make every possible effort to acquire a big name once midnight strikes on July 1.
If they strike out with the A-list free agents, however, they do have some other plans, as all smart teams do. According to a report Friday from the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman, those plans include Serge Ibaka.
Miami Heat President Pat Riley curiously omitted a letter when discussing the free-agency whirlwind that begins Saturday.
"We have a plan. We have a Plan A. And we have a Plan B," he said. "There's no D, E, F or G."
Plan C, though, might be coming to light, with an Eastern Conference official saying he would not be surprised if the Heat reprise the play they made for power forward Serge Ibaka before February's NBA trading deadline.
The Heat will have to contend with teams for the talented 27-year-old big man, including the Toronto Raptors, who aren't likely to just let him walk, especially after giving up Terrence Ross and a first-round pick for him at the deadline a few months back.
While not quite the player Bosh was, Ibaka would give the Heat much of the same skill set, and his ability to step out and knock down the 3 would be quite useful on the offensive end alongside Hassan Whiteside.