The Heat traded, bought out and released players to put themselves in a position to make a run at three very good players.
Who knew it would be the best three players available?
At any rate, Miami has firmly solidified themselves as a bona fide contender, despite having only four players under contract. The Heat did have five, but just traded Michael Beasley, former second overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, for a second round pick.
Anything to dump salary, I suppose.
Pat Riley and the Heat are clearly trying to make cap space, and quickly. They have at the very least eight players they will need to sign.
It should help that they will sign most, if not all, of their second-round picks (4) for very small contracts.
Who knows, maybe even an undrafted player will make the cut.
Countless veterans are still available as well, such as Derek Fisher, Ben Wallace, Mike Miller, Rasual Butler, Etan Thomas, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kurt Thomas.
These are all established players who could bring something to the table for a team that will need to fill itself out with character players that know their role and want to win.
I have a feeling Miami will not have a problem swinging a deal with at least three of those players, regardless of who they are.
But, I digress.
The unthinkable happened. In my previous article, I had already begun speculating who the Heat would sign to fill out their roster, assuming by Wade's video that Bosh was coming with him and the only one.
Never, did I ever think that talk about LeBron signing with Miami was ever more than web bloggers and ESPN columnists/analysts collective pipe dreams.
But he defied everyone's expectations, for better or worse.
LeBron could have built his own brand, on his own team.
Instead, he chose to team up with his buddies and help make history of an unprecedented task by signing three of the top ten best players in the game.
Literally, within days the Heat had three USA basketball team members agree to sign with Miami.
Wade and Riley obviously did a very good job convincing two immensely talented players to come aboard what could have been dubbed a sinking ship before.
The fact of the matter, and really disappointing part aside from Bosh and LeBron crapping all over their former clubs, was that LeBron joined someone else's team.
LeBron joined Wade's team. Not X player joining James' team. LBJ is now the member of another superstar's team. The Heat is, and will always be known as Wade's team.
We will always wonder, "What if?" about LeBron and if he could have done it on his own, could he have done it in Cleveland? Perhaps someday this question will be answered one day, but most likely not.
I will give great credit to these three men, though. This powerhouse trio had the ability to agree to take pay cuts and leave their egos at the door to join forces in order to win titles.
You cannot ask for much else of an athlete than if they can put themselves in position to win and take it.
This is exactly the opportunity Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James took advantage of and now have a very good shot to accomplish this goal.