Impassioned Pat Riley says Heat hope to retain "Big Three"

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Miami Heat president Pat Riley remains optimistic they would keep their core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh intact.

Riley said he has met with all three players this week and that he and team owner Micky Arison are willing to do “whatever it takes” to retain them.

His plan was to allow the three to get away for seven to 10 days and cope with the disappointment before they go over their options.

The players have until June 29 to notify the Heat of their plans to either opt out or roll into the fifth season of their six-year contracts.

After his exit interview, James said he would take a vacation with his family before he makes his next decision but indicated that he welcomes becoming a free agent.

Meanwhile, Wade said he plans to spend his entire career with the Heat while Bosh said he doesn’t see any reason why the Heat’s Big Three would break up.

Riley said he has a contingency plan for whatever decisions are made by his top players.

He revealed that a common theme from the players during the exit interviews was that the mental fatigue ultimately played a major factor.

‘Riles’, as he was known during his playing days, even challenged LeBron to stay in Miami to pursue more championships.

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