Miami Heat podcast: Ira Winderman on post-All-Star break storylines


Sun-Sentinel reporter Ira Winderman joins host Surya Fernandez a new installment of the Miami Heat podcast. Among several topics discussed, the two discuss the final stretch of the season as the Heat battle for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Will Heat president Pat Riley seek reinforcements? Winderman also explains the tricky contract situation for big man Hassan Whiteside and what he needs to improve on to become a star in the NBA.

:35 — Dwyane Wade has now taken a significant time off to rest his hamstring, but should the Heat put him on a maintenance plan?

1:45 — How dangerous is the playoff situation for the Heat?

2:30 — What is the potential for the trio of Wade, Whiteside and Chris Bosh playing together?

4:00 — If they make the playoffs, what is potentially the worst matchup for the Heat in the first round and what would be the most favorable?

5:30 — Michael Beasley is back from China and working out in Miami. Should the Heat be interested in him?

7:00 — Are there any other available players that could help the Heat?

9:00 — Is Miami still considered an attractive destination for free agents like it was in the Big 3 era or will Pat Riley have a tough time upgrading his team this way?

10:30 — Can the Heat upgrade their roster with the trade deadline coming up or do they not have enough trade assets?

12:00 — What is the contract situation for Whiteside?

14:30 — What does Whiteside need to work on to improve his game?

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