Miami Heat: 5 Players Who Won't Be Around Next Year

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Miami Heat: 5 Players Who Won't Be Around Next Year
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Before we get into specifics and deal with the idea of who might leave this team, let me take time to address one annoying thing.

Can we stop saying that this Miami Heat team is done for? We did the same exact thing last year. They lost to Boston one out of four times, didn't even beat the Chicago Bulls in the regular season, lost by 30 to the San Antonio Spurs and blew a 24-point lead against the Orlando Magic. The result? A trip to the NBA Finals where they came a mental breakdown away from winning.

So what's the complaint this year? The defense is lazy and no one is boxing out? Of course nobody is. It's the regular season and it's obvious that no one on the team is focused or ambitious enough to care for the first half of the entire NBA season. They only care for the second half which is why you'll see them do the same exact thing as last year with a different result in the Finals.

Now let's get back to the subject at hand.

The Miami Heat have four players set to become free agents next year, three unrestricted and one restricted. Luckily for the Heat, none of these players are making a significant impact with all of them being benchwarmers that hardly get any playing time.

The Heat will have to make a choice with these four players, as well as a few who might be better off getting traded. We take a look at five players who could end up on a different team by the start of the 2012-'13 season.

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