After a turbulent free agency period for the Heat, Pat Riley spoke to the media today for the first time this summer.
Plenty has changed for Miami since his last press conference in mid-May, most notably the departure of Dwyane Wade. Here’s what Riley said:
— He feels Wade’s exit was entirely his fault because he didn’t take seriously the possibility that Wade would leave and regrets not “immersing” himself in that process. Riley said he should have “gotten in a canoe and paddled to The Mediterranean” if that’s what it took to keep Wade.
— There is optimism, but no concrete plan with regard to Chris Bosh’s return from a second bout with blood clots. Riley said the team will know more in August or September.
— The Heat have considered the option of restricted travel and/or a limited workload for Bosh if he plays next season.
— Micky Arison was insistent that the team match Tyler Johnson’s four-year, $50 million offer sheet from Brooklyn.