Top Prospects Miami Heat Must Target in 2013 Draft

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Top Prospects Miami Heat Must Target in 2013 Draft
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Because they gave up their picks in the sign-and-trade for LeBron James and saw their hopes of a 2013 first-round pick fly out the window when the Philadelphia 76ers failed to make the postseason, the Miami Heat will be without a single draft pick the entire draft.

But that shouldn't stop them from giving some prospects a look. The Heat is a team that's in win-now mode, and it's paying off, but they're also playing a dangerous game by relying on a supporting cast that is composed mostly of players at least 30 years old.

Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem are all key role players on this team, and they're all over the age of 32. Not counting LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are the only players under the age of 30 that can crack the rotation.

Jarvis Varnado is the only other young player on this team, and he'll most likely never see any significant minutes.

With the organization short on funds because of the impending luxury tax that will soon hit, it needs to look into trading into the draft for the chance to get a cheap roster spot. The only players that could potentially leave are Ray Allen and James Jones, both with player options, as well as Chris Andersen and Juwan Howard, who will both be free agents.

It would be wise of the Heat to use Howard's roster spot on someone who can actually provide something in the rotation. Understood that Juwan is there for veteran leadership and support, but he looks like an assistant coach more than a player.

Miami needs to build for the future. It's entertaining and compelling to see what it's currently doing, but there's also a time it needs to prepare for, and even now in case a rotation player or two is forced to sit out with an injury.

The draft is probably the last thing on the organization's mind at the moment. However, the Heat will need to consider these five players when they do reach the point of thinking of making a move into the draft.

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