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5 Ways to Make the Miami Heat Better in the Offseason

5 Ways to Make the Miami Heat Better in the Offseason

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While everyone rants and raves about James Dolan’s latest smokescreen and how Phil Jackson will fix the New York Knicks with his “beautiful mind,” the Miami Heat face a reality that no one on South Beach wants to see.
The decisions of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will determine whether they are in for a simple retooling or a complete rebuild. So let's take a look at five ways that the team can improve if the Big 3 remain.

5. Get A Third

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5. Get A Third

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The Heat could use a capable third point guard for when Norris Cole is being Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers slips into his boneheaded moments.

4. Add Another Scorer

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4. Add Another Scorer

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The departure of Mike Miller has shown Miami’s need for another player who can pack an offensive punch -- and preferably be athletic enough to put the ball on the floor.

Michael Beasley has proved to be too nervous to confidently be the one to put up shots.

3. Get Oden Healthy

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3. Get Oden Healthy

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If Miami could get Greg Oden healthy, they would be in for a major upgrade in the one place where they struggle the most -- rebounding.

2. Replace Shane

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2. Replace Shane

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Shane Battier is poised to retire at season’s end, meaning that Miami will be in need of a new scrappy defender who doesn’t mind moonlighting at power forward and knocking down timely threes.

Can you say Carmelo Anthony? (Minus the scrappy defender part.)

1. Replace Ray

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1. Replace Ray

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Nothing is needed more -- besides the Big 3 -- than finding a new a two-guard who can score, fill-in for Dwyane Wade and cut down his regular-season minutes. It’s the only way to maximize his final years.