Since LeBron left, the Heat’s touch has gone cold in free agency

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The Miami Heat believe in building through free agency and player development, relying on south Florida’s views, weather and tax structure plus a disciplined and deep-rooted organizational support system to drive them.

It has been wonderfully successful the past two decades with Pat Riley and his top lieutenant Andy Elisburg making moves, and Erik Spoelstra coaching up the players. But these past few years the free-agent part has hit a roadblock and, combined with injuries, the Heat have suddenly found themselves in the unsavory middle.

Wednesday was great for Dion Waiters, a day he has been working toward his whole life, when he finally cashed in on a big contract. It’s four years and about $52 million according to multiple reports, including ESPN. Congrats to him — he earned it by showing out on a small one-year deal with the Heat last season after being abandoned by both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder the previous two years.