Miami Heat podcast: Ethan J. Skolnick on upcoming offseason

NBA writer Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report joins host Surya Fernandez for the latest edition of the FOX Sports Florida Miami Heat podcast to discuss his thoughts on what lies ahead for the Miami Heat.

Skolnick gives his take on how the Heat will construct next season’s squad, and he also shares his insight into how LeBron James reacted to the comments made by Pat Riley earlier in the week.

All this and much more in this week’s episode!

If you have any questions or comments about the podcast, feel free to reach the host at @SuryaHeatNBA on Twitter and via email at

0:30 — How did LeBron James really respond to Pat Riley’s comments made earlier this week at his press conference about "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas"?

4:00 — Riley also challenged Dwyane Wade to get into top shape over the offseason in order to stay healthy next season and be able to play a full season. Is that realistic at this stage of Wade’s career?

7:30 — Do you see a scenario where Luol Deng or Goran Dragic sign elsewhere?

11:00 — Which Heat bench players do you think may not return next season?

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13:30 — How much flexibility does the Heat have to upgrade their roster? Can they afford to use their cap exceptions?

15:30 — How strong is the free-agent market this year? Are there quality players out there that the Heat can afford?

17:15 — What kind of a leap do you think Shabazz Napier, James Ennis and Tyler Johnson can take in their second years?

19:30 — Assuming the Heat will be able to keep their first-round pick, which players could make an immediate impact for them at that no. 10 spot?

20:30 — How high is Hassan Whiteside’s ceiling? Can he have an All-Star season?

22:00 — From what you’ve seen in the playoffs so far, which teams have the best chance of reaching the NBA Finals?

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