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A look at fellow Southeast division teams.

Miami- The Big 3 opted out, however it looks like Wade & Bosh will take a paycut to secure Lebron coming back for a 1-2 year deal, just long enough to make another championship run or two before Wade's knees fall off. Doing absolutely everything they can to retain James, even traded for Napier in the draft through us (He never even worked out in Miami in the pre-draft, but went after him because he was LBJ's "favorite" player in the draft). Also targeting an underrated PG in Kyle Lowry. Deng has been mentioned as well. Hard to say exactly how the roster will look, but defiantly expect them to remain an elite team. Shane Battier & Ray Allen are retiring, Haslam opted out. Are bound to make a ton of moves.

Washington- Resigned Gortat for 5 year/$60 million. Alittle steep imo, but i remember when he had a 20/20 game against us. I don't think Washington will make a big splash in free agency, but we'll see. Their GM Ted Leonis spoke out the other day and made it clear that, "Retaining our current players.." is the priority. Both T.Booker & Ariza are creating interest from other teams so expect Washington to be in somewhat of a bidding war for both. With Wall, and now Gortat signed long term, don't expect them to go on a spending frenzy. They will look very similar this upcoming season as they did in '13 when they made a nice playoff push.

Orlando- Big fan of what they've done so far. By drafting Aaron Gordon at 4 they landed arguably the most athletic players in two straight draft classes. (Oladipo in '13, and Gordon in '14) Also, drafted Elfrid Payton, a somewhat under the radar PG from UL Lafayette at pick 10, this keeps Oladipo at the 2 where he belongs. The one downfall of the Payton pick was having to give a 1st rounder in 2017 & 2nd rounder in 2015 to Philly who have been absolutely stockpiling picks. Super athletic backcourt. Traded Affalo to Denver for another underrated prospect in Roy Devyn Marble who a top player in the Big Ten last season at Iowa & Evan Fournier, who can shoot, will be a nice addition to their bench. Claimed Willie Green off waivers from Boston, and released Doran Lamb.

Atlanta- Drafted Adrien Payne at 15. He was someone i really was hoping Charlotte could get. Luol Deng is at the very top of their Free Agent targets. Greg Monroe and K.Bazemore are up there as well. All would be interesting in Atlanta. Traded Milwaukee a 2nd rounder for Pittsburgh SG/SF Lamar Patterson. Forward Mike Scott is looking to test the market so don't expect him back. Atlanta has been fairly quiet so far.

Of the eight teams from the Eastern conference that made the playoffs, four came from the Southeast (Miami(2), Washington(5), Charlotte(7), Atlanta(8)). Yes, the East is down compared to the West, but there's no arguing that this is the best division. While Miami is no doubt in the fast line, the rest of the SE besides Orlando were all six games within each other. I believe they'll make the playoffs, but i just can't see Washington doing what they did this past season again. Expect Orlando to take a step forward. As well as Atlanta with Horford back. And Charlotte is on the rise of coarse.

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