Southeast Notes: Wizards, Heat, Howard

As we noted earlier today, the Celtics are among the small group of NBA teams that currently has more than 16 guaranteed contracts on the books for 2016/17. Ben Standig of, pointing out that the Wizards could use some depth on the wing, wonders if a Boston player like Gerald Green could appeal to Washington. Of course, since Green just signed a new contract this summer, he’d have to be waived for the Wizards to have an opportunity to add him to their opening-night roster — he’s not trade-eligible until December 15.

Let’s round up a few more items of interest from around the Southeast division…

  • Heat president Pat Riley is looking forward to training camps getting underway later this month and tells Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post that he has no regrets about his team’s offseason — well, “except for one.” While Riley admitted that Dwyane Wade‘s departure was disappointing, he’s preparing for the franchise to move on. “I’m excited for our new guys,” Riley said. “Maybe we make a deal or catch lightning in a bottle again next summer (in free agency) like we did in 2010.”
  • Within his latest mailbag, Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel discusses the Heat‘s addition of Derrick Williams and examines the odds of the team attempting to trade a guard at some point.
  • Although their style of play is quite different, Dwight Howard will essentially be taking Al Horford‘s spot on the Hawks, and he’ll have some big shoes to fill in Atlanta, writes Jesse Blancarte of Basketball Insiders.

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