Report: Miami Heat’s Pat Riley will get dinner to try and woo LaMarcus Aldridge
UPDATE: Pat Riley and the Miami Heat got their foot in the door — Riley will have a dinner meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge Thursday to try and convince him to come to Miami, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
This is still a crazy longshot — they already have an arguably better version of Aldridge in Bosh — but the Heat are at least going to get to take their swings.
The Spurs are still the team to beat. The Lakers are getting a second chance to make a first impression. The Suns knocked it out of the park in their meeting and moved into contention. The Knicks never even got up to the plate.
And now the Miami Heat want to take a swing.
The Heat are trying to get a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Adriam Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Yahoo Sources: Another high-profile team is pursuing the possibility of gaining an audience with LaMarcus Aldridge: The Miami Heat.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2015
It seems a real longshot for a couple of reasons. First off, in Chris Bosh the Miami Heat already have a player with a similar skill set and style of play to Aldridge (and Bosh is the better defender).
Second, the Heat do not have nor can they easily create cap space. The only way to make this work is a sign-and-trade. They could sign-and-trade Bosh for Aldridge, but that is basically and even swap. In theory they could sign-and-trade Wade but they would never do that (and Portland doesn’t want him). Or, they could sign-and-trade for Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and other players. Not sure Portland does that either.
But the Heat at least want to get up to the plate. That would put them ahead of the Knicks.