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Miami Heat 2012 Draft Preview
By John McMullen, NBA Editor

The world champion Miami Heat figure to look to the free agency market in order to improve things in 2012-13.

Veterans at the end of their careers, searching for a ring will always find South Beach as a desirable option as long as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are on the scene.

The Heat will be targeting nearly every aging prominent free agent this offseason using their mid-level exception with names like Ray Allen, Chris Kaman, Grant Hill and Andre Miller on the radar.

As far as the draft is concerned Miami could obviously use an upgrade at center and point guard but it's got to be the best player available philosophy when picking at No. 27.

Syracuse center Fab Melo has been dropping in recent days and at 7-foot and 260 pounds could offer the kind of space eater inside that the Heat currently lack.

Players Under Contract: G: Dwyane Wade; G: Norris Cole; G: Mario Chalmers; F: Shane Battier; F: LeBron James; F: Mike Miller; F: Udonis Haslem; F: James Jones; F: Chris Bosh; C: Joel Anthony

Free Agents: C: Eddy Curry (unrestricted); C: Dexter Pittman (unrestricted)

Recent Draft History: 2011: Bojan Bogdanovic 2010: Dexter Pittman (32), Jarvis Varnado (41), Da'Sean Butler (42), Latavious Williams (48) 2009: Marcus Thornton (43), Robert Dozier (60) 2008: Michael Beasley (2), Darnell Jackson (52) 2007: Jason Smith (20), Stanko Barac (39)

Draft picks: 1st round (27th overall)

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