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8 MIAMI HEAT
Paul Forrester
October 26, 2009
SUN. SURF. Nightlife. No state income tax. What more could a free agent want? That's the decidedly nonrhetorical question the Heat needs to answer for one of the NBA's most eligible, Dwyane Wade, who is clearly keeping his options open. Over the summer he declined to extend his contract, giving him the option to flee Miami next July.
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October 26, 2009

8 Miami Heat

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FAST FACT

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Games in which Dwyane Wade (17) and Mario Chalmers (16) each had at least four steals last season. That's the most by a pair of teammates since Gary Payton (20) and Nate McMillan (14) of the 1994--95 Sonics.

ENEMY LINES | A RIVAL SCOUT ON THE HEAT

The lesson of last year was that Dwyane Wade can't get it done alone. He got into the playoffs against an Atlanta team with some athletic guys and couldn't carry his team anymore. They're not going to win 50 games and get back into contention as long as he has to play at an MVP level every night.... The best thing for the Heat is to get Michael Beasley back on the court and try to raise his value, whether to keep him or to move him. From what I've seen, he's not a guy who'll endear himself to Pat Riley with his commitment and attention to detail. If they play him at small forward this year to get Udonis Haslem on the floor more, Beasley will have a size advantage and might be able to demand more double teams, but he'll lose the quickness advantage he had [against power forwards]....The over-under on Jermaine O'Neal is that he plays 50 games. His knees and his body are breaking down, and his skills have diminished so much that it's hard to expect him to be anything more than serviceable....Mario Chalmers did a solid job, but once he got into the playoffs he was a nonfactor. To get back into contention, they'll need to upgrade the point and bring Chalmers off the bench.

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