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Wade and Bosh

The Miami Heat roster got a lot stronger with the announcement of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh agreeing to sign with the South Beach squad, however, a quick look at the Heat roster reveals, with the inclusion of Wade and Bosh, only four players are apart of the team — Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers are the other two under contract. That leaves about 10 or so roster spots needing to be filled, and with that in mind, what’s next for the Heat? Who do they sign to compliment the Big Two?

Operating from the idea the Heat won’t be signing LeBron James, who else is out there capable of helping the Wade-Bosh two-headed monster? A quick glance indicates the Heat clearly need a shooter and another, dirty-work-style post player. A dependable point guard would be nice addition as well.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, because Bosh signed as free agent instead of relying on a sign-and-trade, the Heat have more cap space to work with.

In South Florida, A Bosh-Wade pairing leaves the Heat in excess of an additional $10 million in salary-cap space… That means if Miami Thrice is out with James, it would push the Heat toward several lesser-tier possibilities… That extra cap flexibility would mean the Heat would not have to renounce its rights to all of its 2010 free agents, possibly putting Udonis Haslem, Dorell Wright, Jermaine O’Neal and Quentin Richardson back into play for roster spots or sign-and-trade transactions.

While Haslem looks like a great fit for the Wade-Bosh monster, I’m not sure Jermaine O’Neal fits. Here are some that would, however:

Brad Miller
Ray Allen (Tony Allen, too)
Raymond Felton
Steve Blake
Jordan Famar
David Lee
Matt Barnes
Kyle Korver
Mike Miller

If the Heat retain Haslem and sign three or four players from the above list, Miami could very easily be one of the serious contenders for the NBA crown, and not just in the Eastern Conference either — regardless of where LeBron James signs. Of course, if the Heat do indeed sign James, then it probably won’t matter who they fill out the roster with.