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Josh McRoberts
Miami Heat's stakes not contingent on NBA draft lottery

The Heat was in Indianapolis this time last year when those NBA draft lottery balls floated and hopped and landed in such an unlikely way it was almost too unreal to believe. The Milwaukee Bucks had the best odds of landing the No.1 overall pick, followed by the ever-awful Philadelphia 76ers, the underachieving Orlando Magic and the talent-strapped Utah Jazz. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were ninth on the list of draft odds. In other words, the team that lost LeBron James to the Miami Heat in 2010 had but a 1.7 percent chance of winning the day. The Cavaliers landed the top spot, of course, and later used that asset to put together its current team. A lot still had to happen for James to...

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