Who to sign?
Shooting Guard wise Mayo, Richardson, Butler, Allen, Crawford and Afflalo are good options via free agency. I would prefer to get Allen at a one year deal so we have cap felxibility to land Howard.
That is about all we could do until the regular season starts. Then if Orlando can't keep Howard we then explore trading ANYONE (besides Rose) to get him.
With the latest Rip rumors I think he just adds another trading piece to land someone else, and at worse we keep him to add defense and reliable shooting.
We also need to give Boozer another chance, he played the entire playoffs with a "turf toe" an injury that is horrible for a basketball player to get because you really can't jump without a localized painkiller.
So we aren't in bad shape and I really don't think we are that far behind Miami.