I realize that Simmons is in pundit mode here, and that the idea of Miami snagging both Gortat and Ariza sounds ridiculous, but reading this paragraph nevertheless made me tremble:
And let's say LeBron exercises his 2014-15 player option for $20.6 million. Throw in Norris Cole's salary ($2 million), convince Udonis Haslem to retire (and just overpay him as a Heat employee and the newest member of the Miami Mafia), and suddenly you have nearly $20 million to spend on one more big gun (Carmelo). Or, you could go a different way and pursue one or two elite free agents (Kyle Lowry, Pau Gasol, Luol Deng, Marcin Gortat, even Lance Stephenson), combined with a couple of veterans (Paul Pierce, Trevor Ariza, Spencer Hawes, Vince Carter) and maybe one role player (Shaun Livingston, Josh McRoberts, Grievis Vasquez).
While Simmons is basically just naming good guys who are going to be available this summer, I can't help but be a little nervous about him describing Gortat as "elite" and putting Ariza in the same company as Pierce--a Celtics legend!
While the wider basketball media are starting to see our FAs as up for grabs, we can't even get mentioned as a plausible trade destination for any big FA this summer; the recent Times-Picayune piece on Monroe considering returning to his hometown named a bunch of other possible destinations, none of them D.C.