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Miami Heat: Is Chris Bosh’s Claim Of Contending Realistic?

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Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) addresses the media during a press conference after game four of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-93. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat has spent the past few days in a whirlwind of activity. Following LeBron James’ stunning announcement to return to Cleveland, Heat president Pat Riley quickly rebounded to ensure that his team would not be in rebuilding mode.

Here are his moves so far. Reaching an agreement with free agent forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger (before James’ departure). Agreeing to bring Chris Bosh back at a max-level deal. Re-signing Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen. Signing free agent Luol Deng.

And while numbers have yet to be finalized, longtime teammates Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are near deals that will keep them in Miami, presumably for the rest of their careers.

So, with those moves, this roster sounds fairly solid, right? Well, if you ask Bosh, this team might actually be able to contend for a title.

According to this piece by ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh, Miami’s new top-moneymaker had this to say:

“I think right now we have the correct infrastructure to compete for a championship. We have to get much better at certain positions, and there’s a bunch of things that have to continue to happen. But you know a team like the Spurs, they had a lot of guys that people underestimate, but as a team, they were outstanding.”

Keep in mind, this is before Deng, Chalmers and Andersen were even done deals.

Certainly, those are lofty goals, but can Bosh be correct? Let’s break the team down before reaching a verdict.

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