Very Early 2013 Free-Agent Targets for Miami Heat

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Very Early 2013 Free-Agent Targets for Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are a pretty good team. That's what happens when you put three of the best basketball players of this current generation onto the court at once, and they develop some charisma.

It shouldn't work. Much like the Lakers for this coming season, people look at teams with an abundance of superstars as weak for the sole reason that superstars are considered "ball-hogs".

The Miami Heat had arguably one of the best offseasons prior to the 2010-2011 season when they signed Chris Bosh and LeBron James to massive contracts to play alongside Dwyane Wade. It's considered one of the best "big threes" ever put together, and the fact that the Heat were able to make room in the regulations of the salary cap still baffles me.

We all know what happened next. The Miami Heat charged their way through the regular season and the playoffs before losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the championship series.

That was not something they would allow two years in a row.

Instead, the Heat worked their way through the shortened season and met Oklahoma City in one of the most highly anticipated NBA championships of all time.

It did not quite live up to that billing. The Miami Heat quickly dispatched of OKC in only five games, giving LeBron and Bosh their first titles in the NBA and bringing the trophy back to Miami for the first time since 2006.

I'll put it bluntly, the Heat don't have a lot of room to work with next season, as far as free agency goes. They are about $25 million over the salary cap this season, and next season they'll be nearly $30 million over if all options are accepted. The biggest contract coming off the books will potentially be Mario Chalmers, who has a team option for $4 million dollars.

The Heat still have their amnesty clause, and with the help of a few exceptions in the draft, they could potentially add some decent pieces to what is already a fairly complete puzzle.

I'm taking a practical approach with this slideshow. Superstars like Chris Paul aren't going to be on the list, simply because the Heat just can't afford them. The guys I'm listing here are all going to come relatively cheap and would fill what few holes the Heat have.

There's always room to get better, and the four guys I'm about to talk about would all be able to contribute to Miami in their own ways.

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