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Miami Heat Want Tayshaun Prince? Let the Wacky Math Begin

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 28:  Tayshaun Prince #22 of of the Detroit Pistons posts up LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on January 28, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jay WierengaCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

There is no doubt in my mind that there will not be an NBA season this year. The two sides are too far apart, and the players are delusional if they think they can wait out the owners.

The owners are insured. They also happen to be billionaires. The players are not on either front. This season will not happen.

But just in case it does, and LeBron James is delusional enough to think that it will, here is a newsflash for you in Detroit.

The Miami Heat want Tayshaun Prince.

According to an article in the Miami Herald, the Heat are interested in a number of small forwards, including Shane Battier, Grant Hill and Tayshaun Prince.

They also like Tracy McGrady, but he is on the second tier.

Because, of course, the Heat have all kinds of money under the salary cap.

Come on Miami, get real!

This article strikes me as the type of homer deal you might see on message boards. "Hey, we need a small forward and Tayshaun Prince is available. Let's get Tayshaun Prince."

In a utopian world, this might make sense since everyone has lots of money.

But this is the real world, and there is certainly going to be a hard salary cap that is nowhere near the $65.3 million that the Heat are already committed to paying their current roster.

Many have stated that there may be a salary cap somewhere around $50 million and teams would not be allowed to go above it. As a trade off, the argument is that teams would be allowed to buy out one bad salary without it counting against the salary cap.

In this case, the Heat would surely have to buy out one of their big three, or deal one of those guys.

Chris Bosh seems to be the most likely candidate.

But even then, they will not have the money available to sign Prince.

Tayshaun Prince is used to making bank, and he already has a ring so he isn't going to cut a huge discount for a contender.

Sure, he is not exactly getting better, but he is one of the best free agents on the market, and could fetch upwards of $8 million per season. That would be way above the Heat's salary cap.

Now, the Heat could always try for a sign-and-trade with Detroit, but who exactly would they offer? Salaries in the NBA need to match up fairly close, and the Heat don't have anyone that Detroit would want.

They also don't have any draft picks to offer up.

So while it appears that Prince will not be returning to Detroit, there is no chance he ends up in Miami.

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