Riley Wants To Add Youth And Speed To Next Season's Heat Squad

Although They did not achieve their goal of winning an NBA Title in their first season together the revamped Miami Heat still had a great season by any team’s standards as they took the Dallas Mavericks to game six of the NBA Finals before losing to the Mavericks. However, Miami Team President who was named NBA Co-Executive Of The Year this past season is not standing pat as he is contemplating how he wants to build Heat version 2.0 for next season. “ESPN.com” reported that in a conference call with reporters on Friday that Riley said he wants to add an infusion of youth and speed for the next edition of the club.

The Hall Of Fame coach told reporters that the team is conducting a three-day workout for 15 players including Free Agents as a sort of open audition. Riley said “There’s going to be two roster spots left, maybe three, that we want to save to make sure that when free agency comes, that we have an opportunity to fill them with young, energetic, veteran players. We’re trying to get something in early. We’re just trying to get in under the gun here and take a look at some players.”

Nine roster spots are currently filled and  very soon it could be 12 slots spoken for as Eddie House and James Jones have player options to come back next season and Miami is expected to re-sign restricted Free Agent point guard Mario Chalmers. Unless he totally bombs out the Heat’s Draft pick Norris Cole the speedy point guard from Cleveland State will also be on the roster. The team believes it got a steal as Cole dropped to number 28 in the first round as Miami had him projected much higher.

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