Other than Spoelstra’s contract extension, here are a list of prominent storylines that will be discussed when players meet with reporters for the first time since the end of June:
—The biggest question all year will be whether or not James plans to return to the Heat after this season. It’s a question that likely will be asked on Monday and but will go unanswered all season. If the Heat wins its third championship in a row, logic would dictate that James stays in Miami, but when did conventional wisdom ever stop the speculation of James’ future from taking on a life of its own?
—Dwyane Wade’s offseason knee treatment will be a hot topic. Wade had shock wave therapy on his knee, which troubled him throughout the end of the regular season and the entire postseason. He said last week that he was pain free, but he also might be limited towards the beginning of training camp.
Based on photos, Wade appears to have lost a significant amount of weight in the offseason. Team president Pat Riley asked Wade to drop a few pounds in the hopes of taking some pressure off of his knees. How much weight Wade exactly lost will be a popular question?
—Family matters will take center stage. Chris Bosh is expecting his third child and LeBron James and Udonis Haslem married longtime girlfriends this offseason.
—Birdman Andersen returns for his first full season with the Heat after signing in January and helping lead the team to a championship over the San Antonio Spurs. Andersen’s was named a victim of a bizarre Internet scam a few weeks ago. The details of the story will certainly create a buzz at media day.
—Greg Oden is attempting a comeback. The former overall No.1 pick hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2009 and has had three surgeries to correct micro fracturing in his knees. How much Oden expects to contribute and how soon will be topics of discussion.
—Former Heat No.2 overall draft pick Michael Beasley is back on the team with a non-guaranteed deal. His steady fall from grace and his apparent inability stay clean is a curiosity for fans.