5 Reasons Why the Miami Heat ‘Big Three’ Era Is Over

5 Reasons Why the Miami Heat 'Big Three' Era Could Be Over

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The Miami Heat set out to do one thing four years ago -- win championships. While their run ended at 'Not 2', they still won back-to-back titles in four total Finals appearances. But with every member of the Big Three able to opt-out of Miami, and with the Heat's supporting cast dwindling, the future doesn't exactly look bright in South Beach.

Here are five reasons why the Big Three era could very well be over:

5. Dwyane Wade Is a Shell of His Former Self

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5. Dwyane Wade Is a Shell of His Former Self

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There's no doubt that Wade is one of the best players of the post-Jordan era. But over the last couple seasons he's really started to slow down. He can say his health isn't an issue, but anyone with two working eyes can see that it is. If Wade isn't willing to take a lesser role and play for significantly less money moving forward, the Heat will be in trouble.

4. Chris Bosh Is Now a "Three-Point Specialist"

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4. Chris Bosh Is Now a "Three-Point Specialist"

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Bosh has never been a prototypical NBA big man. But nowadays he looks like a three-point specialist out there. The only problem is that he's shot just 31 percent from downtown over his career. There should be fewer three-point shots in Bosh's future, but if he stays in Miami, his attempts from downtown will likely continue to increase.

3. Heat's Supporting Cast Is Dwindling

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3. Heat's Supporting Cast Is Dwindling

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Ray Allen, Birdman and Mario Chalmers could all be gone from South Beach next season, and that's just naming a few players who might choose to take their talents elsewhere. The Big Three alone can't get it done anymore, so without a strong supporting cast, they'll have no shot at another ring.

2. LeBron James Has Been Shouldering Too Much of the Load

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2. LeBron James Has Been Shouldering Too Much of the Load

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Toward the end of 2014 the Heat started to resemble the 2010 Cavs. It was the LeBron show, as and we've seen, the LeBron show isn't enough to get a team to the mountain top. LBJ needs more help, and the other big two are having a hard time providing assistance these days.

1. There's Not Enough Money To Go Around

3. Pat Riley-Soobum Im
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1. There's Not Enough Money To Go Around

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Financially, the Miami Heat's future just doesn't add up. All members of the Big Three will have to be on the same page with their contracts this summer (pay cuts) to give Pat Riley any shot at bringing in more stars/key role players. The safe bet is that at least one member of the Big Three won't return in 2015.

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