Miami Heat Rumors: True NBA Title Contenders In South Beach?

Miami Heat rumors are now addressing whether the team can compete for another NBA title. The Miami Heat added a few new pieces during the NBA offseason, but more importantly, re-signed Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic. A report from CBS Sports on Monday (August 17), the addition of Justise Winslow also gives the roster depth and an injection of youth it badly needed.

On paper, the new-look Heat could pose the biggest threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. It’s possible that the ceiling for the Heat will be a No. 2 seed in the East, with a real shot at the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. Just getting into the NBA Playoffs is no longer enough for the fans of South Beach, especially after LeBron James helped the team reach the NBA Finals for four straight years.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Amar’e Stoudemire signed a one-year deal with the team, giving the roster another former All-Star off the bench. Many other Miami Heat rumors dominated the offseason, with the team getting Wade to sign a one-year deal and Dragic to sign a multi-year deal. Additional new Heat players include Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, and Gerald Green. A new reality for the team, and coach Erik Spoelstra, is that the team has 10 or 11 players that deserve to be in the rotation.

Last season, after LeBron James left for Cleveland and Chris Bosh was felled by injury, the Heat missed the NBA Playoffs with a 37-45 record. That was despite having a real shot at clinching the No. 8 seed during the final month of the season. Instead, the front office was forced to regroup, all with the goal of getting better through the draft and free agency. In that regard, the team added assets that might have flown under the radar so far.

The NBA analysts and experts certainly feel that Miami can contend again with its current roster, but there is one facet that everything will come down to this season. Miami has to stay healthy, or it could be a long year for fans in South Beach. Dwyane Wade has to play more than 60 games in the regular season, Chris Bosh has to be someone who averages more than 20 points and seven rebounds a night, and the young players have to take a big step forward.

There are going to be a lot of positive remarks within Miami Heat rumors as the NBA regular season draws near. Now, the team has to fulfill the elevated expectations and prove itself to be a real threat at stopping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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