Pat Riley discusses possibility of pairing Jimmy Butler with another big name



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Pat Riley discusses possibility of pairing Jimmy Butler with another big name

Miami Heat team president Pat Riley has left the door for the possibility of pairing Jimmy Butler with another big name this offseason but noted that will happen only if he feels that player could really help the team. Butler, who signed with the Heat in 2019, has led the team to an NBA Finals appearance in 2020 and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance this season.

Some think the Heat need to pair Butler with another difference-maker in order to get over the hump. "If there's one out there, throw 'em to me," Riley said, per ESPN. "But you can always use more, but it's got to be a good fit, but not at the cost of doing something that could be prohibitive.

So we will look, we will explore, we always do this, it's part of the business that we chose and whatever the result brings after that season, then you might say we need another this or another that, based on how the league is playing, based on how other teams are playing and matching up with certain teams and stuff like that.

So that goes into the equation, we'll talk about it."

Riley happy with Butler and company

The Heat finished as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, before losing to the Boston Celtics in a seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series.

The Heat had a 3-2 lead versus the Celtics and were just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals. "I like the team that we have," Riley said. "I like the core, so let's see where we can go internally and let's see where we can go if something presents itself.

If that's a viable option. But I'm not really concerned about the age, I'm not, because there's more geezers in this league playing at the top of their game so you can't really depend on them -- that's why you got your other guys, I mean you can depend on them, but not the way they were back at 25 years old, but they can still do a lot for you."