If you took the chance to read my last few articles in which I covered the
Central division and the Atlantic division then I'm sure you found it useful if you are new to the
game. This article will preview the Southeast Division and as mentioned before, you may want to continue reading.
**Popular team to manage
Free Agents: Josh Smith, Jordan Farmar, Devin Harris, Kyle Korver, Zaza Pachullia, Ivan Johnson, and Dahantay Jones Potentially freeing up 41 million in cap total Draft picks: 17, 18, 47, and 50
General: This team is super popular because the potential cap space that you will have to use. If you keep up with the latest rumors, the Hawks are trying to bring in CP3 and D12 this offseason. This team will be shreded appart and if you decide to sign two max contracts then it is very possible you won't have much money to sign additional bench players. This team will be starting from scratch, you can decide to keep Horford and Teague and build around those two. Or you could attempt to sign both superstars and trade Teague and possibly Horford to build a solid team around your two stars. Though I wouldn't bank on signing two stars, you should talk to agents before you decide to roll the dice on free agency
Draft: You are free to take anyone you want, if you know who you want to sign in the free agency then you might want to draft who you haven't selected. As usual, take a look at who slipped and this late in the draft I would go after high reward players, most preferably wing players.
Free Agency: Big names: D12, CP3, Mayo, Iggy, Andrew Bynum all could be targets. If you go after two max contracts, try to get rid of Teague or Horford and get as much as possible back.(Don't gamble though because it can ruin your team now and in the future)
Charolette Bobcats Free Agents: Josh Mcroberts, and Reggie Williams (Not taken into account of QO, PO, TO) Freeing up over 5 million. Draft Pick: 4
General: This team is a mess and Im guessing you could all do a better job than MJ. We know Kemba Walker and MKG are players to keep on this roster and I would not consider trading them since they both are high character guys. I don't believe Bismack Biyombo is a starting big man because he is one dimensional and undersized for the center position. He would be a temporary starter but a wise back up big. With this team you have to attempt to dump Ben Gordon by either talking to his agent regarding his player option or you could dump him for free. The 4th pick would be a wise pick to trade to shed some salary and move down in the draft.
Draft: I would go after Mclemore or Len first then I'd consider Noel. Other than those 3 you should probably trade down if those players are off the board. Oladipo, and Porter would make no sense, and Bennett is a tweener. Unless you trade for a center, then Bennett should not be the pick. Would be wise to trade down, add some depth and select someone like Zeller, McCollum, or KCP.
Free Agency: Charolette is not a hot destination so its important you do damage trading and drafting. You must go after the best player possible in the free agency and you should attempt to shed some cap and trade down in the draft before talking to agents. Would be wise to bring in someone like Mayo if Mclemore isn't your pick.
**Miami Heat Free Agents: Chris Anderson and James Jones Potentially freeing up 2million Draft Picks: NONE
General: This team is probably the most interesting team to manage. I would consider moving Bosh and Wade just because I want to make it a challange on myself. Wade will have little value but someone has to love him. Lebron proved he's just as effective when playing with one big man and 3 shooters on the court. You could keep this team and just trade your depth for another starting big man, most preferably a banger down low. The perimeter players have to stay by all means. If you plan on moving Wade or Bosh then you could bring in a big man that likes to bang down low and can knock down that 15 foot jump shot(David West) and if you move Wade, simply bring in a younger shooting guard that can run and shoot the ball.(Klay Thompson, Paul George, even though they might not be possible but you get the point)
Draft: No picks unless you want to move in, just draft best available. Trade some old vets for late seconds.
Free Agency: Not much to do here but you should work on shedding cap and making trades. Signing another player will screw you in free agency, consider moving some bigger contracts that aren't named LBJ.
Orlando Magic Free Agents: Beno Udrih and Dequan Jones Freeing up about 9million Draft: 2 and 51
General: Nice young team, not much potential all star talent. They have a pair of athletic wings and a franchise center in stone. At this point I would think the only position you should improve is the point guard position since there is no point guard in the draft worth taking second overall. The bench needs tweaking and that could be fixed in free agency
Draft: I would seriously consider taking Noel second overall. Imagine Vucevic and Noel down low? If Noel is gone then Mclemore has to be the pick. Oladipo is not a scorer and this team needs a scorer, Len is a center which makes no sense and taking any point guard is a huge reach. Bennett is an option if you want to trade down a few slots to take him and improve the bench, shed some cap or add another draft pick. Maybe you can smoke screen and say you're going to take someone that someone else wants so you can reel in some trade offers for the pick but keeping it would improve your team drastically.
Free Agency: I would go after a point guard. Chris Paul won't sign unless you prove to his agent you are ready to contend. Jose Calderon is an option, Jarrett Jack, or even Brandon Jennings if he opts out.
**Washington Wizards Free Agents: Martell Webster, and Leandro Barbosa Potentially freeing up 3million Draft Picks: 3, 38, 54
General: This team is only fun to handle because of John Wall and Bradley Beal. I would not touch either one of them, let their chemistry grow together. You do need to bring in an athletic defensive wing, and a pair of big men. Nene and Okafor are good temporary bigs but this team won't transition with them. You would be wise to address one of those needs prior to the draft, address another during the draft and one in the free agency. I would move someone like Veesly and Seraphin since both will have pretty good value. Seraphin is not a starting big man on a contending team and theres no way to handle this team but to contend. You'll have some pieces to move, I would package up to bring in one superior player and shed cap to address the loss of players in free agency.
Draft: In my opinion if Len or Noel fall to 3 then they MUST be the pick. Assuming both are off the board, I would go for Otto Porter. Porter is a safe pick and will mesh well with the dynamic back court. Porter can do everything the back court can't do. Bennett will be another scorer but Porter is more of a defensive player that will guard your best guy. Bennett is replaceble, if you want to bring in a pick and pop shooter then go after Ilysova,the Wizards are doing that right now. I wouldn't trade down unless you're getting a heck of a deal, the Wizards were fortunate to win in the lottery, don't ruin it.
Free Agency: Back up point guards, and some wings. Corey Brewer, Chauncey Billups, and Will Bynum would be nice options. If Porter is your guy, consider going after Al Jefferson if you have the cap. If that is your plan, move Okafor or Nene Asap!