Since the Miami Heat's winning streak has come to an end, it's only right to begin talking about the impending free-agency period they must use to improve on.
After all, what's a winning streak if you don't break a 40-year-old record that hasn't been close to being touched since it was set?
With that being said, the Heat will have several thoughts to ponder this summer. Because not only will they be one year closer to the possibility of each member of the "Big Three" opting out of their deals, but will also be facing the potential of losing several players to free agency.
Ray Allen, James Jones and Rashard Lewis will all be unrestricted free agents but will have player options. Mario Chalmers has a team option, which will be shocking if the Heat don't utilize, while Juwan Howard and Chris Andersen will simply be unrestricted free agents.
It's tough to say who's staying and going, but there's a high possibility Allen and Chalmers will be members of the Heat next year. Lewis could be kept on for the depth he provides. With Mike Miller facing the possibility of an amnesty clause, Jones may just end up hitching another ride for ring-chasing.
The Heat have their flaws, even though they ran off that 27-game winning streak that so many seem to be disappointed in. Those flaws are mostly prevalent when it comes to the Heat's lack of aggression on the boards.
Although the rebounding differential has Miami only at a minus-two, they're still getting consistently beat up by teams that are either active and/or bigger.
With Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem averaging a combined 12 boards and the leading rebounder being the team's small forward (LeBron James averaging 8.2), it seems that the Heat organization may finally take a stab at a big man for once in a summer.
Miami signed Shane Battier in 2011. It signed Allen and Lewis in 2012.
With enough wing players stocked up, Miami appears to be a solid rebounder and another consistent stretch-4 away from compiling a seemingly unstoppable roster. There will be a few affordable options out in the market and quite a few of them are young and worth the investment.