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ASK IRA: Is a selloff of lesser players still necessary for Heat?

ASK IRA: Is a selloff of lesser players still necessary for Heat?

Q: How possible would it be for the Heat to acquire new role players such as Gary Neal and Carlos Boozer if they trade Birdman, Mario Chalmers, or even Udonis Haslem? It just ­seems to me that the Heat should look into other options and trade the guys that still have a­ little value and can give the Heat somewhat of a return for them. -- Joe, Grand Rapids, Mich. A: First, if Dwyane Wade comes back, the only reason to offload anyone would be to save against the tax. And if the Heat are looking to win, they are better off with Chris Andersen, Chalmers, Haslem, and players who know the system. Yes, there will be cheap alternatives, and I can't remember a time when Boozer...

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