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Jimmy Butler Could Have a New Miami Heat Running Mate in 2021

The Miami Heat have put together an impressive run to the NBA Finals this season. The Heat have looked every bit the part of a championship-caliber team despite the tough odds against the LA Lakers. It now appears that star forward Jimmy Butler and his teammates just made the franchise’s future that much brighter beyond 2020.

Jimmy Butler guides the Heat to the NBA Finals

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Since the NBA entered the Orlando bubble situation, the Miami Heat have put together one of the most impressive runs through the resumed season.

It has seen them guide their way toward the NBA Finals after dismantling the top-seed Milwaukee Bucks and beating the Boston Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat have demonstrated outstanding balance across their roster that has put them in the Finals for the first time in seven years.

The Heat have a healthy mixture of young and veteran talent that has guided them forward. Butler has been the centerpiece to their success, but the further emergence of Bam Adebayo and rookie Tyler Herro has positioned the franchise well for years to come.

Miami may be in a challenging position through the first four games of the NBA Finals, but the team still has hopes to secure an NBA title. Beyond that, Butler may have just done something more significant for the franchise’s long-term future.

Heat may now be a top free-agent destination

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Jimmy Butler’s arrival to the Heat last offseason has helped further progress the franchise toward competing for an NBA title.

It’s much sooner than expected for team president Pat Riley, but Miami has put forth a bright future ahead. Their impressive run through the playoffs behind their collective play may catch the eye of another star player to join the fray. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer has suggested that one of the All-stars in the 2021 free-agent class could be interested in taking their talents to South Beach.

Several prominent players could enter the free-agent market in 2021. That list includes the likes of Giannis Antetokoumpo, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Chris Paul. That has already seen Antetokounmpo’s linked to the Heat and the Toronto Raptors as free-agent landing spots.

The Heat are filled with talent across the board while having a defined culture that has groomed them for success. It may just be a matter of time before they possess their own super team in Miami.

Future is bright in Miami

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The deck may be stacked against the Heat in the NBA Finals, facing a 3-1 deficit to the LA Lakers. However, the franchise has already done enough to shine a light on its bright future.

Jimmy Butler has embraced his leadership role while playing like a bonafide superstar. There is also plenty of talent around him with emerging star players that could be long-term foundational pieces, such as Adebayo and Herro. Miami has an opportunity to become a force to reckon with in the Eastern Conference for years to come. Another star player could take them to the next level toward being the dominant team in the East.

Much can certainly change in the coming months, but it’s hard not to envision the Heat becoming a powerhouse that can yearly contend for an NBA title. Miami has made the most out of the Orlando bubble situation that could significantly transform them for many years down the line.