NBA Offseason: Miami Thrice Leads Five Best Acquisitions

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2010

NBA Offseason: Miami Thrice Leads Five Best Acquisitions

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    MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, Dwyane Wade #3 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat show off their new game jerseys before a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty
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    This offseason, there were many moves that changed the face of franchises.

    The Miami Thrice was created, leaving many teams panicking and trying to get better fast.

    Some moves could turn out to be a bust, or at least not live up to expectations.

    Some moves were excellent and will be great.

    Here is a list of the five best offseason moves.

No. 5 - Raptors Acquire Leandro Barbosa, Dump The Cancer

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Hedo Turkoglu #26 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, U
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    The Raptors somehow managed to pull off a trade which dumps one of the worst contracts in the NBA, Hedo Turkoglu's contract.

    The Raptors traded Hedo Turkoglu to the Phoenix Suns for Leandro Barbosa, and Dwayne Jones (who is now waived).

    With Barbosa, the Raptors get a quick player who will go perfectly with their run-and-gun system, and will be a great addition.

    Not to mention the money the Raptors save.

No. 4 - Bucks Re-Sign John Salmons

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    ATLANTA - APRIL 28:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks against John Salmons #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER
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    While it may not be the most publicized move of the offseason, it is definitely one of the best. 

    John Salmons turned the Bucks from a dump to a playoff contender. The Bucks went on an absolute tear after they acquired Salmons, and there is no reason why anyone would believe their success won't continue with Salmons back.

    Great move by the Bucks.

No. 3 - Utah Jazz Replace Carlos Boozer With Al Jefferson

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    PHOENIX - MARCH 16:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 16, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 152-114.  NOTE TO USER: User e
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    Al Jefferson is a forgotten man. Not too long ago, he was a dominant player.

    He moved to Minnesota, they became irrelevant, and so did he.

    He's so underrated, even people creating underrated lists forget about him.

    He's also a top five center in the league.

    Losing Boozer was tough, but I don't think the Jazz will miss him too much after acquiring Jefferson. He will fit perfectly into their system, and will flourish with Deron Williams.

    Look for the Jazz to keep contending next year.

No. 2 - Thunder Lock Up Kevin Durant For Five Years

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    The Thunder locked up Kevin Durant to a five-year, $85 million deal.

    Pretty good value if you ask me.

    Durant is just a terrific player. At only 21 years of age, he was the NBA's leading scorer. Only 21.

    It's scary to think about how good he can get. The Thunder have established their core, and should be scary good in a few years.

    Watch out.

No. 1 - Heat Sign Bosh, Wade, and James to Create Miami Thrice

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    MIAMI - JULY 09:  Chris Bosh #1, Dwyane Wade #3, and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat are introduced to fans during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    You knew it was coming.

    Anywhere LeBron James signs would be the No. 1 move of the offseason automatically, but signing Chris Bosh and re-signing Dwyane Wade just pushes the Heat over the top.

    I don't think people have realized how good this team actually is. LeBron James without any other all-stars already makes a team a contender. Now, he has a top-three player in Dwyane Wade and one of the best big men in the game, Chris Bosh.

    There will always be haters, but mostly because they know the Heat will be dominant for at least five years.

    It seems so unreal right now, LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all playing together. But, it will be scary.

    And whether you like it or not, the biggest free agency saga of all time is over, and the Miami Heat have made history.