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The Five Greatest Miami Heat Off-Season Moves

The NBA off-season is less "off" and more a whole different full season as teams frantically try to keep up with the Joneses during a down time that begins just days after the finals. This week, free agency opened and teams began signing the players they think could put them over the hump. The movement during an NBA off-season is unparalleled in sports, with some teams choosing to change their entire roster, ripping up the blueprint and formulating a new one.

In the Miami Heat's 25-year history, the team has made some of the biggest moves the NBA has ever seen. From 1988 to 2013, the Heat has become one of the top franchises in the league and one of only six to ever win three championships. Shrewd off-season moves are one big reason why. While we all point and laugh at Houston's Dwight Howard maneuvers, let's revisit the Heat's five greatest summertime moments.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.