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Rating the Heat offseason so far

Beasley With free agency quieting for the Heat--barring a trade--how do you think the summer has shaped up for the team? What is your outlook for this team heading into training camp (a little less than 2 months away) with the additions of forward Michael Beasley and point guard Mario Chalmers in the draft and swingman James Jones in free agency? At this point, do you think finding another center or point guard is a bigger need? What's your biggest concern?

The Eastern Conference should be stronger next year, but the Heat should still be a playoff team and much improved so long as injuries don't debilitate the team like last season. It will be interesting to watch the development of guys like Joel Anthony and Stephane Lasme, who have had strong summers. Of course, the season isn't going to hinge on reserves, but the more guys that can contribute the better off the team will need more than just the Big 3 (Dwyane Wade, Shawn Marion and Beasley) to win games. The addition of Jones is significant because the Heat sorely missed not having a three-point specialist of his caliber last season.

Vote on how you think the Heat has done this offseason.

(FYI: Wednesday is the league's deadline to withdraw qualifying offers, but don't expect the Heat to renounce qualifying offers for forwards Dorell Wright and Kasib Powell, as well as point guard Chris Quinn. Yes, the Heat still has needs to fill but all three come fairly cheap and the team needs depth on the bench.)




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