Miami Heat President Pat Riley made the priority clear Wednesday during his post-championship state-of-the-team media session at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"We don't like to change," he said at the same podium where his players and coach spoke the previous two days about their goal of defending their 2013 NBA championship. "I don't like to change that much, not when you're winning."

He then backed up his words with a pair of announcements, first that the team has picked up the $4 million 2013-14 team option on the contract of point guard Mario Chalmers, and that his preference is not to expose swingman Mike Miller to the offseason amnesty-release program, instead hopeful of having Miller on his roster next season.

Later, in a revealing moment, he acknowledged just how significant winning the championship was to the overall personnel process, to retaining the core going forward.

Asked if there would have been greater consideration for turnover had the Heat not rallied for their dramatic Game 6 NBA Finals victory over the San Antonio Spurs and then closed out the series in Game 7, Riley said, "Probably. The whole set of dynamics would have been an absolute negative flood of energy. But it didn't happen. Would we have approached it differently? We probably would have been thinking differently. But I don't even want to think about that."