Brandon: Miami’s offseason can pretty much be summed up in one word, ridiculous. After signing the three biggest free-agents on the market (in arguably the biggest free-agency offseason in NBA history), the team went out and signed one of the best shooters in the game in Mike Miller. In addition to Miller the Heat managed to re-sign Udonis Haslem to a measly five-year, $20 million contract and various veterans to minimum contracts.
Ross: The Heat cleaned the top of the board by picking up the three most coveted free-agent players. They were immediately considered favorites to win the East. The only question left was could they get any decent players to play alongside with them. Once other free agents heard who was going to South Beach, the bandwagon jumpers put on their hurdle shoes and jumped on board. Miller,Ilgauskas and House are solid role players who can add a little spark to the huge flame that is the Miami Heat.
Ross: The Bulls made major improvements to be the elite in the East. Their additions are certainly less glamorous than the Heat’s but it does give them certain advantages. Last season, the Bulls were ranked the best rebounding team in the league and with the addition of Carlos Boozer no boards will be safe when the Bulls come into town. They also add one of the best shooters in the league and improve their defense.
Brandon: Much like Miami, the Chicago Bulls amped up their roster to become contenders in the Eastern Conference. With Carlos Boozer paired up alongside of the emerging Joakim Noah, the Bulls easily become one of the top back-court teams in the league. Chicago was in desperate need of a serviceable three-pointer shooter, a solid perimeter defender, and a consistent back-up point-guard and managed to fill all their missing pieces this offseason.
Brandon: Golden State gave up much more talent than they actually acquired this offseason. They relinquished the 21-year old potential phenom in Anthony Randolph, forward Corey Maggette, sharp-shooter Anthony Morrow, point-guard C.J. Watson, Kelenna Azubuike, and Ronny Turiaf for essentially just David Lee.
Ross: They cut their rotation short to get David Lee and lose the potential of Anthony Randolph. They also lose the sharp-shooting of Anthony Morrow. However, none of their losses are as big as the addition of Lee and they were not playoff bound either way. They get a great rebounder and improve minimally.