Saturday, June 30, 2012

HEATcast: Everything HEAT Fans Need To Know About the 2012 Off-Season


The Miami Heat Index previewed the impact the 2012 Draft and free agency could have on the Miami HEAT's title defense against playoff teams in the Eastern Conference and title contenders from the Western Conference.

Podcast Details
Podcasters: Miami Heat Index, Alfredo Arteaga from HeatFreak.com and Big Shot Ron from The Section 357 Show
Recorded: June 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM ET
Duration: 1:10:04
How to Listen: Play the audio embedded below, download the mp3 or subscribe to iTunes


Companion Reading
The podcasters discussed the articles and topics listed below during the HEATcast.

2012 Miami HEAT Off-Season Preview 
Will fans regret Riley trading the team’s 2012 1st round pick? What are the best and worst case scenarios in free agency? The Wins Produced stats for free agent targets identified at HeatFreak.com are listed below. Average player produces 0.100 wins per 48 minutes (wp48), star players produce 0.200 wp48, great players produce 0.300 wp48. See the HEAT Produced Page for more info.

Potential HEAT Free Agent Targets:

2012 Off-Season Preview for Potential Eastern Conference Finalists
Chicago Bulls: Will Derrick Rose play next season? If so, will he be an impact player? Will the Bulls' 1st round drafat pick, Marquis Teague, get posterized like John Lucas III? What’s their big move to clear out the backcourt and get a 2nd gunman on the grassy knoll? Should next season be the last one for Tom Thibodeau?

If the Bulls can't overcome their injury problems, then who’s a bigger threat to make the ECF next season: Pacers or Celtics? Both teams are at least $16 million under the cap.
  • Pacers: Are they in it to win it? Will they make moves to win the Central Division and advance to the ECF?
  • Celtics: They can make the ECF if they sign...?

2012 Off-Season Preview for the Atlantic Division
If the Celtics fail to build a contender in the off-season, who comes out of the Atlantic Division?
  • 76ers: Will they trade Andre Iguodala? Every frontcourt player in their rotation is a free agent except for Thaddeus Young and Nikola Vucevic and half their backcourt rotation is, too. Iguodala is rumored to be on the trading block. What can they expect from their draft picks, an Iguodala trade and free agency to stay out of the lottery next year?
  • Nets: Will they build around Deron Williams and Dwight Howard or future lottery picks?
  • Knicks: Will the mid-level exception plus re-signing Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak be enough for them to win the division?

2012 Off-Season Preview for Western Conference Title Contenders
Which team will become a title contender in the off-season?

This podcast was inspired by E.J. Fischer.

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