Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat president Pat Riley and his wife Chris Riley watch during the fourth quarter of game four against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT

Marlins Way: Pat Riley's Blueprint Not Ideal for Marlins

There is no denying that Miami Heat president Pat Riley is a genius when it comes to putting together a roster. However, with different payroll structures being in place for the two sports, and the size of the Heat market compared to the Marlins market.

Riley has never emphasized the draft as a way for the Miami Heat to build their foundation. Riley prefers to dabble in the free agent market, or pull off a major trade.

“We don’t like to build through the draft. If you’re going to do that, then you’re probably going to have to lose for two or three or four years in a row, and get high lottery picks. In my 19 years here, we’ve been in the lottery three times. We ended up getting three good players out of that [Caron Butler, Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley].

“We really like the trade route or free agency to find the fourth- or fifth-year player… and now has become a veteran. He’s a talent. He’s experienced. He’s mature. And he will slot into that sixth-man role or a specific role. Or every now and then, go for a real star. That’s how I think about building a team.

In a league where Riley has the power to attract any free agent to the Heat, it’s a lot easier for the Heat to not have to build through the draft. The Marlins on the other hand are not a viable place for free agents, due to their history, and disadvantage in their market, have no choice but to build through the draft.

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