Once again, the Miami Heat came close to winning the NBA title but fell just short. Since Jimmy Butler’s arrival, the Heat have twice advanced to the NBA Finals, but no one player has been able to carry the team to victory.

All through the playoffs, Erik Spoelstra’s squad battled valiantly and exceeded expectations. Although they lacked star power and had Tyler Herro out with an injury, they had been dominating games leading up to their matchup with the Denver Nuggets.

The Heat have a real shot at repeating as champs. For this reason, they will pursue players of All-Star level, like Damian Lillard, with great vigor. Therefore, we will discuss him and other possible free-agent signings for the Miami Heat.

3. Damian Lillard

Pat Riley and the rest of the Heat should make Damian Lillard a top priority. In fact, he has openly said that he is eager to play there with Bam Adebayo.

The Portland Trail Blazers might be compelled to let him leave in exchange for a highly significant trade deal if he is not convinced of the team’s championship prospects.

2. Chris Paul

The team that does not choose Damian Lillard and/or Kyrie Irving will get Chris Paul as their second-best option. That’s the truth about his future in the league right now.

Although he is no longer a reliable scorer and often misses time due to injury, Kobe Bryant is still one of the best playmakers of all time and an outstanding defender. Nonetheless, the Phoenix Suns may try to retain him.

1. Fred VanVleet

Any club that acquires Fred VanVleet this summer may see significant improvement. He’s in the twilight of his career but already showing signs of becoming an All-Star caliber player who can contribute on both sides of the court.

VanVleet has decided to opt out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors. He has previously filled in well for Kyle Lowry and would seem to be a good fit for the Miami Heat.