On Monday, a very prominent trio of NBA superstars joined a group of Miami Heat players for an offseason workout at American Airlines Arena, showing off their variety of skills in the process. The trio of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving definitely raised up the quality of the play, given their pedigree.
They switched it up from college venues at UCLA to NBA practice facilities, taking on some members of the Miami Heat during a quick scrimmage. The trio consisted of arguably all top-10 players in the league, as they tested their game against the likes of Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson, and Kelly Olynyk during this fast-paced game.
Durant and Harden look as dominant as usual during this run, making Irving the most highlight-worthy player to look at, coming off a season-ending knee injury. Irving is looking to be plenty mobile, displaying his signature ball-handling moves, quickness and soft touch around the basket, giving an encouraging sign for Boston Celtics fans.
Unfortunately for the Heat, none of the players will be suiting up in a Heat uniform when the 2017-18 regular season tips off next month. However, Irving will be a free agent next July and Durant could also enter the free agent market after this upcoming season if he chooses to opt out of the final year of the two-year deal he signed in July, so the Heat has to have some hope.
Heat president Pat Riley would obviously love to sign one or both players, but the team is currently in a financial crisis due to the NBA’s salary cap. The team has spent much of the offseason looking for ways to solve that problem, with some players like Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson reportedly on the trading block.