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Dec 10, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) talks to center Chris Bosh (1) and guard Dwayne Wade (3) during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat rumors: Giving up on fourth star?

The Miami Heat currently have two players on their roster.

Point guard Norris Cole, who the Heat are reportedly looking to deal and former Connecticut Huskies’ point guard Shabazz Napier, who was the 24th-overall selection of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Napier was acquired in a deal that sent the rights to the 26th-overall selection, former North Carolina Tar Heels and Texas Legends’ swingman P.J. Hairston, to the Hornets, are those two players.

As the offseason began, the Miami Heat’s big three of forward LeBron James, big man Chris Bosh and guard Dwyane Wade all decide to opt out of their contracts and become unrestricted free agents.  Very few expect any player to leave the Heat with James being the most likely to make a move. James is said to be seeking a max contract while Wade and Bosh are reportedly willing to take pay cuts to remain with the Heat (although their have been several conflicting reports and one recent report indicated Bosh was looking for a five-year deal worth $90 million).

Although there have been several different rumors involving the big three, one thing is for sure, they don’t believe the Heat are currently good enough to win another championship.  They are looking to make major upgrades and have pursued Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry, who agreed to re-sign with the Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng, Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol and the big fish, New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.

However, their recent action, which includes the pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans swingman Anthony Morrow, indicates the Heat are now chasing more realistic targets.

The Heat obviously aren’t that far away so adding a few key pieces could be all it takes.

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