Mailbag: How much will healthy Dion Waiters, energized Hassan Whiteside help Heat if no other roster improvements are made?

Miami Heat teammates Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters at the Miami Dolphins game Sunday against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). You can also email me at achiang@pbpost.com.

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@AR1ST0KOUNMPO: I believe the key to a Heat bounce back is a healthy confident Waiters, and an adjustment attitude from Hassan. That was what brought success two seasons ago when NBA teams were relieved we missed the playoffs. How do you see it?

Anthony Chiang: Based on the Heat’s salary-cap situation, a healthy Dion Waiters and an energized Hassan Whiteside could be the big upgrade this summer. That will certainly help Miami this upcoming season, but to what extent? The Heat made the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s sixth seed with 44 wins this past season despite a sidelined Waiters and an inconsistent Whiteside. If Waiters is healthy and Whiteside becomes a consistent force, the big picture outlook doesn’t really change drastically. Miami may finish with a few more wins and challenge for the No. 4 or No. 5 seed, but the expectations surrounding the team don’t change much. Win a playoff round and that’s considered a success.

Plus, a healthy Waiters also creates a few challenges. The Heat already had too many wing players last season, with Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder, Wayne Ellington, Dwyane Wade, Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow all vying for minutes on the perimeter. Add Waiters to the mix, and coach Erik Spoelstra is going to have some tough decisions to make. It will be interesting to see how Waiters is incorporated, especially if Ellington and Wade return next season.

@jtzus: Should Heat fans brace for disappointment this offseason?

Anthony Chiang: The secret to happiness is having low expectations. If you’re caught up with landing superstars like LeBron James and/or Kawhi Leonard this summer, odds are you’re probably going to be disappointed. But if you’re prepared for a quiet summer from the Heat, then happiness could be right around the corner for you. That’s my life/free agency lesson for you.

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