Miami had a huge trade chip (Jermaine O'Neal's expiring $23 million contract), young assets (Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers) and a cranky superstar expecting to get some help (Dwyane Wade). But Pat Riley was unable to make a deal. An 11th-hour attempt to pry power forward Carlos Boozer from Utah fell short, and the Heat watched one of its biggest competitors for Wade—the Bulls—clear enough cap room to sign him by unloading John Salmons. "[Miami] blew their chance to lock [Wade] up," says an Eastern executive. "Now they have to cross their fingers and hope one of the big names signs with them quickly this summer."
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