First, a quick explanation of why this series and season, ended horribly. It all has to do with Dwyane's injury and how it exposed the Heat for what it is. When the Heat won the title last year, they needed a great, great, great, great, once-in-a-generation type of performance from Wade, who not only scored but drew the attention of every defender and made his teammates relevant.
This year, Dwyane was about 60 percent of what he was last postseason because of his shoulder, which made him look more like gunner who turned the ball over too much because his injuries didn't let him think straight as he's penetrating, didn't allow him to be explosive, didn't allow him to make his teammates better.
What that also does, though, is remind you that, unless Dwyane is going to be as good as he was in last year's playoffs every postseason, then Pat Riley needs to find ways to diversify the offense. Not just Shaq inside, not just Dwyane outside. That would require a couple more ball-handlers/creators. And it would also require allowing Antoine to do a bit more ........ I'm going to give you a few seconds to soak that in, because I know it's hard to accept........
OK, that said, there are other issues the Heat has to address before next season.
--If Jason Williams doesn't get traded (and I only say that because he's entering the last year of his deal and some team might want to take him to clear space for the following year), then the Heat still needs one more starting quality point guard. Not only will that give the Heat two options at starter, but it will allow for Williams, who has been playing injured for two years, not to have to play through these injuries and get worse.
--To help diverisfy that offense, the Heat needs at least one wing player who handles the ball better and creates off the dribble. Posey did that a few times this year, but he's not exactly what you would call a creator off the dribble. Plus, after the way he was treated this year (getting deactivated for supposedly having too much body fat and then Riley saying him staying out until 4 a.m. was "unprofessional"), I wouldn't expect Posey to want to re-sign here.
--To make up for Shaq's declining rebounding numbers, some more athleticism up front would help. If Alonzo retires, they need a pogo stick type -- something as close to Nene that they can get. They could use that even if Zo does stick around, which I think he should.
--If Jason Kapono ends up somewhere else (kid's got to get paid after four years in the league and coming off his best season), they need another capable shooter. If they can find that creator and shooter in the same guy, that's a bonus.
I would say that's about it. I also don't think they should have to find a new coach. When it's said and done, Riley's going to have a hard time putting Shaq in the hands of some young coach. And finding a coach that's experienced and available and respected and willing to coach here isn't exactly easy, nor is it what Riley said he would do when he steps down. Unless Riles leaves the organization altogether, I think he'll eventually talk himself into giving it another go on the sideline, especially if he has a tweaked team that intrigues him. Also, it will help his cause that the team didn't win a title this year. They'll be hungry again, and that goes a looooong way with this group of guys, as cliche as it sounds.