2010 NBA Free Agency: Heat's First Target (After Dwyane Wade) Should Be...

Armen DacityCorrespondent IJune 28, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talk during free throws while taking on the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena on November 21,  2007 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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Come Thursday night, its on.

After securing Dwyane Wade (which I think is little more than a formality at this point), the Heat should be on the phone with...

Chris Bosh.

That's right. Not LeBron James.

Chris Bosh.

Going after LeBron at 12:01 is a sucker's bet. James won't make a quick decision.  Rather, he'll enjoy the attention heaped on him by an array of franchises, including the Bulls, Knicks, Nets, Cavs, and possibly the Clippers and Mavericks.

The Heat must contact Bosh and tell him, "you're our No. 1 target."

These guys have egos. Bosh's must be well fed.

Let the other teams fight over James. Sure, the Heat could get in that mix and would have a chance of landing LeBron. But, in all likelihood, James won't come to Miami. Other than the Lakers, the Heat are the only team in the league where James would not be the clear-cut Alpha-Dog.

Lock up Bosh and the rest will fall into place. The Heat could then move on to another wing producer (Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay), and then start the important task of filling in the rest of the roster with quality role players.

This is not a defeatist approach.

Its a smart approach.

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