It’s no secret that the Miami Heat will be making a pitch to Kevin Durant when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Even with the salary cap soaring close to $90 million next season, the Heat will likely have to resign Dwyane Wade at a discount and let Hassan Whiteside walk if Durant was to take his talents to South Beach.

If Miami strikes out on KD, the front office remains confident in its chances to lure another top-tier free agent.

From the Miami Herald:

With the salary cap set to spike by more than $20 million to an estimated $89 million next season, the Heat has left itself flexibility to accommodate the salary of any of the top-tier free agents — from Kevin Durant to DeMar DeRozan to Al Jefferson.

 

But signing a top-tier player would likely mean the departure of Hassan Whiteside as well as Dwyane Wade needing to make a financial sacrifice.

 

One thing is clear: The Heat intends to make a long-shot bid to lure Durant, who sold his Miami condo earlier this year.