The Miami Heat are coming off a trip to the NBA Finals and some people believe that, had they been at full strength, they could've taken the Los Angeles Lakers to seven games or even beat them at that stage.
Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra have done an outstanding job of putting together a competitive team that meshes around perfectly. They feature nothing but hard-working team players that are willing to put their bodies on the line on every single possession.
Nonetheless, it was clear that they also needed another All-Star caliber player to lean on when things get hard, and they've been linked with almost every available star in the league since the start of the season.
NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat Will Land Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo, Or LaMarcus Aldridge
Now, Matt Moore of Action Network reported that Pat Riley is working around the clock to bring not one but two All-Stars to South Beach, from a shortlist that includes Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo, and LaMarcus Aldridge:
"More than one league source has said they believe the Heat will end up with Lowry and Aldridge OR Oladipo and Aldridge (Oladio reported today by Woj). Just a growing sense among teams not involved directly in those talks," Moore said.
It's not a secret that Lowry has been on the trade block for the past couple of months and his 3-and-D expertise would be a massive upgrade for the Heat. Aldridge isn't going to play for the Spurs anymore so they could even wait for him after a buyout.
As for Oladipo, he's a lock to be moved after declining a contract extension from the Houston Rockets, but the tricky part with him will be convincing him of staying with the team far beyond this season.
Whatever is the case, it seems like good-old Pat Riley is ready to be as aggressive as ever and land another star to help Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo put together another run at the NBA Finals.