That would leave the Heat in position to finish off its roster by choosing from a group of 2009 free agents and salary-cap exceptions with which to work.
One particular name comes to mind: Jason Kidd.
Considering the 36-year-old is in search of only a championship at this point in his career, and given his familiarity with fellow Olympians Wade and Bosh, it's hardly a stretch to believe Kidd would make his way to Miami. And given how most are expecting large paydays hard to come by this summer, it's likely the Heat could have him at a bargain price.
He's a playmaker at the point, one of the best defenders at the position, an ideal mentor to Mario Chalmers and the type of all-time great Riley would ride with any day.
There you have it. Rather than another year of second-round aspirations, the Heat looks like the real thing even sooner than expected.
This isn't fantasy talk. Frankly, it's sits somewhere on the edge of possible. At the very least, it's something more useful to mull over than last week's first-round flounder.