Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden Link Up With Miami Heat for Offseason Work

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The Miami Heat continue to prepare for the start of their training camp that opens on Sept. 25, with members of the team and players seeking to earn a spot on the final roster currently getting prepared with some offseason workouts. On Monday, a very prominent trio of NBA superstars joined them for an offseason workout at American Airlines Arena, showing off their ample skills in the process.

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That threesome of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving ratcheted up the quality of the play, given their pedigree. Durant has been NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in each of the past two seasons, Harden won the regular season MVP award last year and Irving is a five-time All-Star, hitting the game-winning shot in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. One of those All-Star appearances for Irving in 2014 ended with him garnering MVP honors for the game.

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.

Heat president Pat Riley would obviously love to sign one or both players, but the team is currently in a financial straitjacket due to the NBA’s salary cap. The team has spent much of the offseason looking for ways to alleviate that problem, with some players like Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson reportedly on the trading block. However, it’s unlikely that any changes will be made in the near future.
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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.