I believe Pat Riley will end his career in Miami, after all he’s built that team. However, Pat Riley has spent another major portion of his basketball career in Los Angeles with the Lakers franchise. Pat Riley is a man with an ego and what better way to end your career than to turn around the struggling franchise before riding into the sunset? I can think of no other way, even if this is just wishful thinking on my (and many others’) part.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on Friday's episode of First Take that owner Jeanie Buss prefers to make a "splash" hire and is pursuing Pat Riley as a potential replacement. "More and more and more over the last few days ... we are hearing the name Pat Riley," Smith said.
However, it should be noted Smith said he doesn't think the Lakers will ultimately be able to hire him.
Despite Smith's report, Riley already addressed the possibility of joining the Purple and Gold and seemed to shut the door, per Shandel Richardson of The Athletic:
"I mean, I'm not going to comment on another team's misfortune while they're going through some adversity right now. There's no doubt that I have a history with that team. I was there for 20 years and I have a lot of friends still in the organization. I had a good conversation with Magic after he stepped down and I'm sure they'll work it out. I'm not going to be part of that. That's not what I want to do."