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5 Things That Must Change For Miami Heat To Contend Again Next Year

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5 Things That Must Change For Miami Heat To Contend Again Next Year

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For the first time in four years, the Miami Heat walks into the offseason with serious questions about their future. All three of the famed "Big 3" can opt out of their contracts, and the team needs a slew of roster changes in order to keep their spot as the Kings of the Eastern Conference. Here are five things that the Heat must change in order to remain title contenders next season.

5. Convince Chris Bosh To Go Elsewhere

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

5. Convince Chris Bosh To Go Elsewhere

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Chris Bosh basically reverted into a glorified role player last season, and the Heat needs more talent to put around LeBron James. It would be in the best interest for the Heat and Bosh if he went somewhere else, as he is no longer playing up to his All-Star status.

4. Convince Another Star To Come To South Beach

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Miami Heat
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4. Convince Another Star To Come To South Beach

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Miami Heat
Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

With Bosh no longer playing as an All-Star and Dwyane Wade's knee further deteriorating, it is time for Pat Riley to put together one of his masterful moves and land another star to play alongside the King.

3. Upgrade At PG

Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat
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3. Upgrade At PG

Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat
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In reality, Mario Chalmers was never really the long-term solution at point guard, but he basically played his way out of town by his horrible postseason performance. This also necessitates the Heat having to upgrade at point guard, as backup Norris Cole proved her was not the answer either.

2. Get The "Big 3" To Opt Out To Rebuild The Talent Level

Miami Heat
Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

2. Get The "Big 3" To Opt Out To Rebuild The Talent Level

Miami Heat
Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

That is the only way the Heat will be able to rebuild the talent level. If all three players opt in into their contracts, the Heat will be well above the salary cap with only sixth roster spots guaranteed -- not a recipe for success. Wade and James have said that they will not mind taking a hefty discount to improve the team, but Bosh is another story, and he is the x-factor in the team remaining contenders, and the team sliding into oblivion.

1. Get Some Depth On The Team

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
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1. Get Some Depth On The Team

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

The team's second biggest need behind convincing LeBron to stay in South Florida, the team must get some players who can contribute to the team's success. But again, it will all depend on what the "Big 3" plans to do with their player options, and all three opting in with be the worst case scenario for Miami.