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Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland, and the Miami Heat are a ‘preferred landing spot’

Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland, and the Miami Heat are a ‘preferred landing spot’

MIAMI — Just when you thought the NBA offseason frenzy was winding down, it took just one tweet for things to ramp up again. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted Friday afternoon that point guard Kyrie Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with Cleveland management last week. “Irving has expressed that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more...
Dave George: Udonis Haslem deserving of Heat roster spot

Dave George: Udonis Haslem deserving of Heat roster spot

Let somebody else fret over the $2.3 million that the Miami Heat are spending to bring Udonis Haslem back for a 15th season with the team. My response to it is a smile. And then a sneer, followed by an intimidating stare meant to burn a hole through any sign of uncertainty. That’s the way Udonis does it. Well, almost. People don’t laugh at his angry face the way they do at mine. That&rsquo...
The captain is back: Udonis Haslem set to return to Miami Heat for 15th season

The captain is back: Udonis Haslem set to return to Miami Heat for 15th season

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem is staying in Miami. Need proof? Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted Thursday afternoon, “UD” accompanied by a party hat emoji. Then came the confirmation shortly after Arison’s tweet, as the Heat announced they have re-signed Haslem. The 37-year-old forward is preparing for his 15th NBA season, with the first 14 seasons all coming...
Mailbag: Why is it taking so long for the Heat to re-sign Udonis Haslem?

Mailbag: Why is it taking so long for the Heat to re-sign Udonis Haslem?

MIAMI — We’re three weeks into free agency, and Udonis Haslem is still available. With most labeling Udonis’ return as inevitable, why is it taking so long for him to re-sign with the Heat? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter...
Now that the band is back together, Wayne Ellington believes Miami Heat are ready to take off

Now that the band is back together, Wayne Ellington believes Miami Heat are ready to take off

Now that the band is back together, Wayne Ellington believes Miami Heat are ready to take off   Miami’s James Johnson and Wayne Ellington celebrates during a victory in Detroit last season. (Photo by Getty Images) DAVIE – Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington has a unique analogy when looking at the upcoming season. Ellington compared the 2016-17 version of the Heat to a race...
Miami Heat president Pat Riley’s theory on the best way to catch the Golden State Warriors

Miami Heat president Pat Riley’s theory on the best way to catch the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have won two of the last three NBA Championships. Heat president Pat Riley isn’t sure the best way to catch them is the way they were built. (Getty Images) Pat Riley remembers the feeling, how his organization once was the gold standard, the one every team was trying to chase and build to unseat. Now it’s Golden State. And Riley understands...
Pat Riley kept his word and Wayne Ellington is ‘ecstatic’ he did

Pat Riley kept his word and Wayne Ellington is ‘ecstatic’ he did

DAVIE — At the end of last season, Wayne Ellington’s NBA future was uncertain. But Heat president Pat Riley left the 29-year-old guard feeling optimistic about his chances of returning to Miami. “I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,” Riley said to Ellington as the Heat began their offseason in April. Riley kept his word. Miami found...
Two Miami Heat players make a list of the league’s worst contracts. … and they have the same name

Two Miami Heat players make a list of the league’s worst contracts. … and they have the same name

Are the Heat overpaying Tyler Johnson and James Johnson? (Getty Images) James Johnson was recognized this season as one of the most improved players in the NBA and one of the top reserves. And his defense, by many statistical measures, was among the best in the league. Tyler Johnson averaged 13.2 points, the second most in the league for a player without a start, and he played more minutes...
Mailbag: Dion Waiters has made it known on Twitter he wants Dwyane Wade to return to the Heat. What does this all mean?

Mailbag: Dion Waiters has made it known on Twitter he wants Dwyane Wade to return to the Heat. What does this all mean?

MIAMI — Well, Twitter has been an interesting place to visit for Heat fans lately. With every tweet from Dion Waiters referencing Dwyane Wade, it’s led some to believe Wade’s return to Miami can actually happen next season. Is too much being made about this Waiters-Wade Twitter love-fest? Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat shoots around Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago...
Miami Heat have a project in A.J. Hammons, but they like the 7-footers’ ability to stretch the floor

Miami Heat have a project in A.J. Hammons, but they like the 7-footers’ ability to stretch the floor

A.J. Hammons averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Miami Heat’s summer league team in Las Vegas. (Getty Images) The Miami Heat knew it had to take back something from Dallas in the Josh McRoberts trade so why not a 7-footer who stretches the floor. A.J. Hammons will not be confused with Chris Bosh, but for a relatively cheap price, the Heat could have a couple of years ...
Miami Heat summer league recap: Any players worth a two-way contract or training-camp invite?

Miami Heat summer league recap: Any players worth a two-way contract or training-camp invite?

MIAMI — Summer league is over for the Heat, but the evaluation period really never ends. After a rough 0-5 record in the Orlando Summer League, the Heat bounced back to go 4-2 in Las Vegas. In the end, Miami’s summer league team finished with a 4-7 record. Miami Heat’s Gian Clavell (53) drives around Indiana Pacers’ Joe Young (3) during the second half of an NBA...
Miami Heat Mailbag: Is there a plan in place for Pat Riley’s successor? Can a star be acquired next year?

Miami Heat Mailbag: Is there a plan in place for Pat Riley’s successor? Can a star be acquired next year?

Andy Elisburg, Pat Riley and Nick Arison celebrated the Miami Heat’s championship in 2013 (Getty Images) The dog days of the NBA calendar are around the corner so Heat fans are starting to look into the future, on and off the court. We look at that day when Pat Riley decides to ride off to Malibu, the chances of the Heat acquiring a star player – either through a trade or free...
LeBron James is back in Miami and he seems nostalgic

LeBron James is back in Miami and he seems nostalgic

Photo from LeBron James’ Instagram account. Captioned: “For all those that had anything to do with me being where I am today I jus wanna say THANK YOU! #blessed. #striveforgreatness.” MIAMI — LeBron James is back in Miami … for an offseason break. It’s been three years since James left the Heat in free agency to sign with the Cavaliers. But the 32-year-old...
Heat President Pat Riley’s unique solution to stop teams from tanking

Heat President Pat Riley’s unique solution to stop teams from tanking

Pat Riley has thought of a way to curb tanking. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) Pat Riley is thinking outside the box – way outside the box – when it comes to tanking. Riley recently was asked about seeding teams 1 through 16, regardless of conference, for the postseason, an idea that has been floated because the number of stacked teams in the West has caused an imbalance between...
Pat Riley looks back at Josh McRoberts’ time with the Heat: ‘He just had some horrific bad luck’

Pat Riley looks back at Josh McRoberts’ time with the Heat: ‘He just had some horrific bad luck’

Josh McRoberts #4 of the Miami Heat posts up Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — When the Heat signed Josh McRoberts to a four-year contract in the summer of 2014, he was still healing from offseason toe surgery. The forward eventually...
Eastern Conference Power Rankings: After bringing back last season’s core, where do the Miami Heat stand?

Eastern Conference Power Rankings: After bringing back last season’s core, where do the Miami Heat stand?

MIAMI — This offseason isn’t done yet and teams still have some moves to make. But at this point we have a pretty good idea of how teams will look next season. We also have a pretty good idea of where teams stand in the Eastern Conference. James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat reacts to a second half play while playing the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn ...
Mailbag: Should Heat use their $4.3 million exception to sign Jonathon Simmons?

Mailbag: Should Heat use their $4.3 million exception to sign Jonathon Simmons?

Jonathon Simmons #17 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to pass against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on November 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) The Heat don’t have any salary cap room remaining, but they do still have the $4.3 million room exception available to use. An interesting name entered the picture Thursday, when the Spurs renounced...
Two more options available if Miami Heat want to use their mid-level exception

Two more options available if Miami Heat want to use their mid-level exception

  Jonathon Simmons of the San Antonio Spurs dunks against the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Two more options have become available for the Miami Heat’s $4.3 million mid-level exception. The San Antonio Spurs have renounced the rights to 6-foot-6 wing Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted...
What’s the next step for Dion Waiters? Staying healthy

What’s the next step for Dion Waiters? Staying healthy

MIAMI — The Heat saw enough from Dion Waiters to sign him to a four-year, $52 million contract this offseason. But next season Miami wants to see even more from the 25-year-old shooting guard. Heat president Pat Riley believes the next step is for Waiters to find a way to stay healthy enough to play in at least 70 games. Heat guard Dion Waiters is hoping to miss just...
Mailbag: When will the Miami Heat re-sign Udonis Haslem? And why should they?

Mailbag: When will the Miami Heat re-sign Udonis Haslem? And why should they?

The Heat are hoping to bring back Udonis Haslem for his 15th season. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) The Miami Heat have 13 players under contract and are capped out. But at least one move remains. The Captain, Udonis Haslem, remains unsigned. The Heat rewarded Haslem was a one-year deal for $4 million a year ago and he has been as loyal to the franchise as any player in its history...
Cardinal Newman’s John Collins makes strong first impression with Hawks

Cardinal Newman’s John Collins makes strong first impression with Hawks

For Atlanta Hawks rookie John Collins, humility comes naturally. He’s a kind young man, and self-aggrandizement is not in his genetic code. That said, you’ll have to excuse what it’s taken for him to fully appreciate the fact he was the 19th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, that being him typing his name into a Google search bar. *Collins’ mom knew early he&rsquo...
Will Justise Winslow be the Heat’s starting small forward next season? Pat Riley: ‘It’s up to him.’

Will Justise Winslow be the Heat’s starting small forward next season? Pat Riley: ‘It’s up to him.’

MIAMI — Last summer, Pat Riley said he was ready for Justise Winslow to start at small forward for the Heat. One injury-plagued season later, Riley still feels the same. But the Heat president doesn’t believe the starting spot will just be handed to Winslow. “It’s up to him,” Riley said Monday when asked if he still views Winslow as Miami’s starting...
If Miami Heat use $4.3 million exception before start of season, what are their options?

If Miami Heat use $4.3 million exception before start of season, what are their options?

MIAMI — With zero salary cap room left, the Heat will have to depend on the $4.3 million room exception and minimum contracts to fill out the rest of their roster. But Heat president Pat Riley isn’t in a rush to use the exception. Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks drives against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden on...
Former Heat coach Ron Rothstein receives lifetime impact award

Former Heat coach Ron Rothstein receives lifetime impact award

Ron Rothstein, shown here with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, received the Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award from the National Basketball Coaches Association. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) MIAMI – Ron Rothstein never had a problem challenging his head coach, whether it was Pat Riley or Chuck Daly or Mike Fratello or any of the other coaches he...
Dion Waiters on Heat: ‘We’re a scary team … We’re just different. We’re dogs’

Dion Waiters on Heat: ‘We’re a scary team … We’re just different. We’re dogs’

MIAMI — Dion Waiters is known for his confidence, and that confidence was on display during an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” on Tuesday. Skip Bayless, one of the personalities on “Undisputed,” has made it known that he believes the Heat can make it to the Eastern Conference Finals next season. Waiters doesn’t disagree...
Heat president Pat Riley has accumulated assets on reasonable contracts. Look out!

Heat president Pat Riley has accumulated assets on reasonable contracts. Look out!

Heat president Pat Riley has accumulated enough chips to go all in if an opportunity arises to made a major trade. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) MIAMI – In the summer of 2004 Pat Riley’s chips were all on the table. … Well, all but one. Looking to land a transcendent player to help put the Miami Heat over the top in their quest for their first title, Riley...
Mailbag: Will the Heat have enough salary cap room to keep Josh Richardson next summer?

Mailbag: Will the Heat have enough salary cap room to keep Josh Richardson next summer?

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, left, fights through a pick as he guards Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) It’s never too early to look ahead to the 2018 offseason. What does the Heat’s cap sheet look like for next summer and is it going to be...
A look at how the Miami Heat found a way to maximize their cap space this summer — and what’s next?

A look at how the Miami Heat found a way to maximize their cap space this summer — and what’s next?

MIAMI —  Just in case Heat president Pat Riley needed a reminder, an email from general manager Andy Elisburg popped into his inbox. “It said, we have used every last dollar,” Riley laughed. After missing out on Gordon Hayward, the Heat found a way to sign James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Kelly Olynyk to long-term contracts and also fit Wayne Ellington&rsquo...
What should the Miami Heat’s mindset be entering camp? According to Pat Riley: ‘We didn’t finish the job’

What should the Miami Heat’s mindset be entering camp? According to Pat Riley: ‘We didn’t finish the job’

Heat president Pat Riley said Kelly Olynyk is in pretty good shape but he’s not in Heat kind of shape. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) MIAMI – The Miami Heat could not pry Gordon Hayward away from his old college coach, but that is not going to lower President Pat Riley’s expectations. With Hayward signing with Boston, Riley brought back the nucleus of last...
Heat president Pat Riley opens up on free agency, adding Kelly Olynyk, retaining his players and much more

Heat president Pat Riley opens up on free agency, adding Kelly Olynyk, retaining his players and much more

Heat president Pat Riley spoke on Monday about the past (free agency) and future of a team that returns most in tact. MIAMI – Heat President Pat Riley met today with the print media, recapping free agency and looking ahead to a season in which he expressed excitement to see what the team can do. Here are some highlights from Riley’s meeting: * On Gordon Hayward: Riley said...
Heat Q&A: What will be James Johnson’s first purchase after signing his new contract? Gym equipment for his home

Heat Q&A: What will be James Johnson’s first purchase after signing his new contract? Gym equipment for his home

It doesn’t look like James Johnson will be leaving the Heat anytime soon. The 30-year-old forward re-signed with the Heat on a four-year deal worth $60 million that includes a player option in the fourth year. After signing his new contract, Johnson spoke to the South Florida media on a conference call Friday night. Here’s what Johnson had to say… Enjoy...
Mailbag: With free agency winding down, where do Miami Heat rank in the East?

Mailbag: With free agency winding down, where do Miami Heat rank in the East?

The Miami Heat should move ahead of teams who have decided to rebuild, like the Chicago Bulls. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Even with about 90 players remaining on the market, free agency is winding down. The Miami Heat lost out on Gordon Hayward, their main target, but Pat Riley re-signed James Johnson and Dion Waiters, picked up Wayne Ellington’s contract and ...
Chris Bosh to Miami: ‘We went through life together. You showed me how to stay strong and push through in the toughest moments’

Chris Bosh to Miami: ‘We went through life together. You showed me how to stay strong and push through in the toughest moments’

The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh officially cut ties five days ago when the Heat waived the 11-time All-Star, clearing his contact from their salary cap. The move was possible after an NBA doctor ruled in the Heat’s favor weeks earlier, agreeing with the organization’s belief that Bosh’s blood clot issues are considered a career-ending illness. By removing Bosh&rsquo...
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside says new teammate Kelly Olynyk underrated because “he looks like a surfer”

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside says new teammate Kelly Olynyk underrated because “he looks like a surfer”

Heat center Hassan Whiteside likes Miami’s chances of cracking the top four teams in teh East. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) MIAMI – Heat center Hassan Whiteside has had a few run ins with new teammate Kelly Olynyk over the years, the most publicized his push in the back in 2015 that sent the then Celtics center sprawling and got Whiteside suspended for a game...
Patience and confidence paid off for Dion Waiters: ‘I’ll bet on myself any day’

Patience and confidence paid off for Dion Waiters: ‘I’ll bet on myself any day’

MIAMI — Dion Waiters’ patience paid off. I t paid off in the form of a new four-year, $52 million contract. After missing out on the opportunity to make more money and settling for $2.9 million to sign with the Heat last summer, Miami rewarded Waiters with the first big payday of his career just one year later. “I had the faith all along,” said Waiters...
Kelly Olynyk forgave Hassan Whiteside for elbow to his neck, now Olynyk is excited to play with Whiteside

Kelly Olynyk forgave Hassan Whiteside for elbow to his neck, now Olynyk is excited to play with Whiteside

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SklqtiGoWGQ&w=492&h=307] MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk have met before. In a game between the Heat and Celtics on March 9, 2015, Whiteside blindsided Olynyk with an elbow to the back of his neck and knocked him down to the court. Whiteside picked up a flagrant-2 foul and an automatic ejection for the play, and was slapped...
Miami Heat pick up $6.27 million option to bring back guard Wayne Ellington

Miami Heat pick up $6.27 million option to bring back guard Wayne Ellington

  Wayne Ellington led the Miami Heat with 149 3-pointers last season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) The Miami Heat decided it could not do without guard Wayne Ellington’s 3-point shooting. The Heat were able to free enough cap space to bring back one of the main pieces to its bench by picking up the second year of Ellington’s contract for $6.27 million. The...
Miami Heat finalize trade of Josh McRoberts to Dallas, can start signing free agents who agreed to contracts

Miami Heat finalize trade of Josh McRoberts to Dallas, can start signing free agents who agreed to contracts

The Miami Heat have traded Josh McRoberts to the Dallas Mavericks. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) The Josh McRoberts era in Miami has come to an end. The embattled big man was traded Friday to the Dallas Mavericks, the Palm Beach Post confirmed, a move that was all about dumping his $6 million salary to make room to possibly pick up the $6.3 million team option on Wayne Ellington&rsquo...
Mailbag: After a flurry of moves Thursday are the Miami Heat through? One glaring hole remains

Mailbag: After a flurry of moves Thursday are the Miami Heat through? One glaring hole remains

Will Pat Riley be looking to add a backup point guard?(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post) The Miami Heat made a flurry of moves Thursday that resulted in the team agreeing to contracts with forwards Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson and an impending trade to dump Josh McRoberts’ salary on Dallas. After also agreeing to bring back Dion Waiters on Wednesday, does that mean Pat...
Versatile forward James Johnson will return to Miami Heat

Versatile forward James Johnson will return to Miami Heat

James Johnson (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Even with a brief flirtation with the Utah Jazz, the sense was James Johnson never was leaving Miami. Johnson, the versatile power forward, and the Heat agreed to a four-year deal today, assuring that the team’s biggest breakout player from last season will remain in Miami. The news, first reported by ESPN, was not unexpected as Johnson was  ...
5 things to know about Miami Heat free-agent acquisition Kelly Olynyk

5 things to know about Miami Heat free-agent acquisition Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk #41 of the Boston Celtics looks on prior to Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) MIAMI — The Heat added a big man to their roster Thursday night. Miami agreed to terms with center/forward Kelly Olynyk, the Palm Beach Post has confirmed...
Report: Miami Heat agree to terms with former Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk

Report: Miami Heat agree to terms with former Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk

The Miami Heat and Kelly Olynyk have agreed to terms on a four-year deal according to ESPN. (Photo Getty Images) The Miami Heat have found a new plan. The Heat and Kelly Olynyk have agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal according to ESPN. Olynyk, 26, was an unrestricted free agent only because Gordon Hayward chose to sign with the Celtics over the Heat. The Celtics were...
Waiting for James Johnson: No worries, versatile power forward still expected to sign with Miami Heat

Waiting for James Johnson: No worries, versatile power forward still expected to sign with Miami Heat

James Johnson’s deal with the Miami Heat may be taking a little longer but it is expected to get done soon. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) With Dion Waiters having agreed to return on a four year deal, the Miami Heat are working on constructing their roster and the next move will be the expected return of James Johnson. Waiters will sign for around $52 million...
Mailbag: With Dion Waiters returning, are there too many guards on the Miami Heat roster?

Mailbag: With Dion Waiters returning, are there too many guards on the Miami Heat roster?

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, center, talks with guard Dion Waiters (11) and guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat 98-95. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Dion Waiters will be back with the Heat next season. The 25-year-old reportedly agreed to a...
Dion Waiters set to return to Miami, finalizing deal with Heat

Dion Waiters set to return to Miami, finalizing deal with Heat

MIAMI — It looks like Dion Waiters will get his wish. Since the regular season ended in April, Waiters has made it clear he wants to return to the Heat. “I want to be there,” Waiters said in May when asked if he wants to be back with the Heat during an appearance on The Hochman and Crowder Show on WQAM. “When that time comes and we sit down, we just...
Dave George: Heat take risk in counting on a healthy Waiters

Dave George: Heat take risk in counting on a healthy Waiters

Missing out on Gordon Hayward in free agency on Tuesday would have been far from a disaster if he had stayed in Utah. The real problem for the Miami Heat is Hayward choosing Boston, an Eastern Conference rival that is strong and getting stronger. So Pat Riley, always craving the big signing, the big trade, the big upgrade, went a little deeper than probably was wise in getting Dion Waiters’...
Chris Bosh’s jersey will be the fourth retired by the Miami Heat. Who will join him in the future?

Chris Bosh’s jersey will be the fourth retired by the Miami Heat. Who will join him in the future?

These four players one day will have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena. (Getty Images) Sometime in the future Chris Bosh’s No. 1 is going to be raised to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena. Bosh was part of the Miami Heat organization for seven years before he was officially released Tuesday, a move that was expected after he missed the entire 2016-17...
What’s next for the Miami Heat? A look at their free-agent options after missing out on Gordon Hayward

What’s next for the Miami Heat? A look at their free-agent options after missing out on Gordon Hayward

The Miami Heat’s James Johnson and Goran Dragic, left, greet Dion Waiters (11) as they lead in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Heat won, 108-101. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Time for the Heat to turn to Plan B. After putting the full-court press on sought-after...
Mailbag: After missing out on Gordon Hayward, where do Miami Heat rank if they bring back last year’s team?

Mailbag: After missing out on Gordon Hayward, where do Miami Heat rank if they bring back last year’s team?

The Gordon Hayward free agency drama has ended and the Miami Heat came up short. So what now? Pat Riley will attempt to bring back most of the old gang with a free agent or two. If so, where does that put Miami in the Eastern Conference? We answer that that among other questions in today’s mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question, send your questions for...
With Miami Heat reportedly out of Gordon Hayward sweepstakes, what are their options?

With Miami Heat reportedly out of Gordon Hayward sweepstakes, what are their options?

Will the Miami Heat quickly turn to James Johnson and Dion Waiters if Gordon Hayward heads to either Boston or Utah? Get ready James Johnson and Dion Waiters, your time finally could be coming. With Gordon Hayward reportedly eliminating the Miami Heat and now trying to decide between signing with Boston or returning to Utah, Pat Riley certainly had a plan if he struck out on the Jazz...
Chris Bosh’s Miami Heat career by the numbers

Chris Bosh’s Miami Heat career by the numbers

Miami’s Chris Bosh reacts after scoring a basket during a game against New Orleans on Christmas Day, 2015. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Chris Bosh’s career with the Miami Heat was at times spectacular and at others heartbreaking. The 11-time All-Star went from NBA champion to a player whose career now is in doubt after battling blood clots the last 2 ½...
Five memorable moments during Chris Bosh’s Miami Heat career

Five memorable moments during Chris Bosh’s Miami Heat career

Chris Bosh spent seven years with the Heat playing in just 97 games his last three seasons. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) One week into the 2010 free agency period the first bombshell was dropped: Chris Bosh had agreed to join Dwyane Wade and play for the Miami Heat. Within 48 hours LeBron James then famously announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. The Big Three was formed and...
End of an era: Miami Heat waive Chris Bosh, officially clearing his contract from salary cap

End of an era: Miami Heat waive Chris Bosh, officially clearing his contract from salary cap

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena on November 1, 2015 in Miami, Florida (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — The Heat and Chris Bosh have officially parted ways. Miami announced Tuesday that it has waived Bosh, clearing his contract from its salary cap. After an NBA doctor ruled in...
Heat officially waive Chris Bosh to free up loads of salary-cap space

Heat officially waive Chris Bosh to free up loads of salary-cap space

The Heat and Chris Bosh have officially parted ways. Miami announced Tuesday that it has waived Bosh, clearing his contract from its salary cap. After an NBA doctor ruled in the Heat’s favor and agreed with the organization’s belief that Bosh’s blood clot issues are considered a career-ending illness, officially releasing the 11-time All-Star was the final step for Miami in receiving...
Miami Heat forced to turn to Plan B, as report says Gordon Hayward will sign with Boston Celtics

Miami Heat forced to turn to Plan B, as report says Gordon Hayward will sign with Boston Celtics

Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors defends against Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 2, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) MIAMI — Pat Riley said the Heat had a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” entering free agency. It looks like they will have...
Where do the Heat stand after losing out on Gordon Hayward?

Where do the Heat stand after losing out on Gordon Hayward?

Pat Riley said the Heat had a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” entering free agency. It turns out they will have to turn to their backup plan this summer. With a letter posted on The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday night, Gordon Hayward announced his decision to sign with the Celtics, capping a crazy Fourth of July. The All-Star forward picked Boston over the Heat and incumbent Utah...
Mailbag: How will summer league Bam Adebayo adjust to his regular-season role with the Heat?

Mailbag: How will summer league Bam Adebayo adjust to his regular-season role with the Heat?

MIAMI — As the Heat wait on Gordon Hayward’s free-agent decision, Bam Adebayo flashed a glimpse of his NBA potential Monday. Miami’s first-round pick recorded 29 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 86-83 loss to the Pacers at the Orlando Summer League. But is this the type of play we can expect from Bam even when the regular season begins? We answer that question...
Dave George: Gordon Hayward’s game would grow under Spoelstra, Heat

Dave George: Gordon Hayward’s game would grow under Spoelstra, Heat

There are all kinds of ways to sell a free agent on an NBA team. You start with the big hammer of money, which runs this business like all others, and dress it all up with promises of championships and demonstrations of love, whether they be flashed on a massive video billboard or written in the sky. Nothing wrong with the Miami Heat operating that way over the weekend, playing every card that other...
Gordon Hayward’s Free Agency Tour ends Monday; Heat, Celtics, Jazz await decision

Gordon Hayward’s Free Agency Tour ends Monday; Heat, Celtics, Jazz await decision

  All that’s left for Gordon Hayward is The Decision. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) ORLANDO – Free agent Gordon Hayward had his final meeting Monday, sitting down with officials from the only team he has played for during his seven-year NBA career. While Hayward traveled to Miami and Boston during the weekend, he had the Utah Jazz delegation travel to San Diego...
Miami target of racist, ignorant taunts from Utah, Boston journalists

Miami target of racist, ignorant taunts from Utah, Boston journalists

  Gordon Hayward Gordon Hayward will be making a decision about his future in the next few days. But the chances are it will have nothing to do with the racist, ignorant views of some who are lining up in Utah’s or Boston’s corner. Two takes, one from each city, hinted Hayward should prefer playing in Utah or Boston because Miami is a) too culturally diverse...
Could a weakened Eastern Conference push Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz?

Could a weakened Eastern Conference push Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz?

ORLANDO — As the Heat wait to hear Gordon Hayward’s decision, the Eastern Conference continues to weaken. Even before the start of free agency, Indiana traded four-time All-Star Paul George to Oklahoma City and Chicago traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Since free agency began, Paul Millsap has left the Hawks to sign with the Nuggets. Just with...
Mailbag: Could the Miami Heat pull off a sign-and-trade if they land Gordon Hayward?

Mailbag: Could the Miami Heat pull off a sign-and-trade if they land Gordon Hayward?

Heat president Pat Riley could pull of a sign-and-trade if Gordon Hayward comes to Miami. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP) ORLANDO – The Miami Heat should know sometime in the next 60 hour s if they will land Gordon Hayward. The Utah Jazz forward completes his three-day tour today by meeting with his old team and then will decide between Miami, Boston...
Miami Heat forward Okaro White looking to expand game, be more like James Johnson

Miami Heat forward Okaro White looking to expand game, be more like James Johnson

Heat forward Okaro White talks with coach Erik Spoelstra during a game in Cleveland last March. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)   ORLANDO – Okaro White wants to be like James. … James Johnson. The 6-foot-8 power forward is working on his playmaking skills this summer as one of the leaders of the Heat’s summer league team. He played in 35 games...
What did the Heat do for Udonis Haslem at the start of free agency? They showed him some love

What did the Heat do for Udonis Haslem at the start of free agency? They showed him some love

A photo of the four banners the Heat hung up in front of Udonis Haslem’s home at the start of free agency Saturday morning. (Udonis Haslem/Instagram) The Heat love Udonis Haslem and Udonis Haslem loves the Heat. Need proof? At 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the official start of free agency, the Heat showed Haslem how much they love him by hanging four large banners on the gates...
Report: Guard Dion Waiters lining up meetings today as his return to Miami remains on hold

Report: Guard Dion Waiters lining up meetings today as his return to Miami remains on hold

Heat guard Dion Waiters is lining up meetings with other teams. (AP Photo) ORLANDO – With the market shrinking, Dion Waiters’ free agency is getting a little busier as the Miami Heat shooting guard starts lining up suitors. Waiters, who had the best year of his career in his one season in Miami, has spoken to Chicago, New York and Sacramento, according to the...
Mailbag: Looks like James Johnson is helping the Heat recruit Gordon Hayward. Does that mean Johnson will be back in Miami next season?

Mailbag: Looks like James Johnson is helping the Heat recruit Gordon Hayward. Does that mean Johnson will be back in Miami next season?

Tyler Johnson #8 and James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat high-five during a game against the Indiana Pacers on February 25, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) ORLANDO — Other than meeting with Gordon Hayward on Saturday, things have been fairly quiet for the Heat since free agency began. But are we overlooking...
Bitter rivals Pat Riley, Danny Ainge going head-to-head for Gordon Hayward

Bitter rivals Pat Riley, Danny Ainge going head-to-head for Gordon Hayward

ORLANDO – Pat Riley and his nemesis once again are locked in a duel. Riley and the Miami Hea t made their pitch to Utah small forward Gordon Hayward Saturday and today Hayward will meet with Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. Riley and Ainge have a history that has been ugly, vindictive and resorted to name calling.     Which is why winning the Hayward...
Is Hassan Whiteside using Snapchat to recruit Gordon Hayward to Miami?

Is Hassan Whiteside using Snapchat to recruit Gordon Hayward to Miami?

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside smiles before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) ORLANDO — The Heat made their presentation to free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday, and center Hassan Whiteside was one of the players at the recruiting session held in Miami. But even after the Heat&rsquo...
Bam Adebayo signs contract with Heat, then shows off skills and outside shot in summer league debut

Bam Adebayo signs contract with Heat, then shows off skills and outside shot in summer league debut

ORLANDO — All of the buzz surrounding the Heat was located in Miami on Saturday. But a few hundred miles north of South Florida, the Heat’s first-round pick made his summer league debut. As the Heat met with coveted free agent Gordon Hayward in Miami, Bam Adebayo was in action in Orlando. There were some impressive moments and there were some teachable moments for Adebayo ...
Miami Heat greet free agent Gordon Hayward with huge committee, banner

Miami Heat greet free agent Gordon Hayward with huge committee, banner

Gordon Hayward saw they banner as he pulled into AmericanAirlines Arena today to meet with the Miami Heat. ORLANDO – Gordon Hayward was greeted by Miami Heat players, coaches, officials. … and a banner of his likeness as he pulled into AmericanAirlines Arena early Saturday. The Heat had the first meeting with one of the biggest names remaining in free agency, hoping to lure...
More sanity to free agency could benefit Miami Heat if they look to bring back both James Johnson, Dion Waiters

More sanity to free agency could benefit Miami Heat if they look to bring back both James Johnson, Dion Waiters

James Johnson and Dion Waiters will sit and wait to see what are their best options as the free agency period moves along. Meanwhile, Dion Waiters and James Johnson sit back and wait. The Miami Heat’s top two free agents were under the radar during the early hours of free agency, which was otherwise busy and brought a few surprises.  As a handful of players...
Mailbag: How much money can the Heat offer Gordon Hayward compared to the Jazz?

Mailbag: How much money can the Heat offer Gordon Hayward compared to the Jazz?

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) ORLANDO — Today is a big day for the Heat. The Heat have their free-agent meeting with Gordon Hayward on Saturday, and Hassan Whiteside will reportedly be a part of Hayward’s day in Miami. What does this all...
Moves that could affect Gordon Hayward’s decision: Paul George traded to Thunder, Ricky Rubio traded to Jazz

Moves that could affect Gordon Hayward’s decision: Paul George traded to Thunder, Ricky Rubio traded to Jazz

Paul George #13 and Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers react in the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 106-102 to sweep the series 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)...
Report: Blake Griffin to re-sign with the Clippers

Report: Blake Griffin to re-sign with the Clippers

According to a report, Blake Griffin will be returning to the Clippers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Blake Griffin if off the board. The Clippers’ power forward reportedly is returning to the Clippers for a max deal of five years and $175 million according to reports. Griffin has meetings with Phoenix and Denver he has cancelled. Blake Griffin has indeed agreed to return to...
2017 Miami Heat Free Agency Primer: What you need to know about the Heat’s salary cap situation

2017 Miami Heat Free Agency Primer: What you need to know about the Heat’s salary cap situation

MIAMI — With free agency set to start at 12 a.m. on Saturday morning, here’s a look at the Heat’s salary cap situation. Using the updated salary cap projection of $99 million, Miami is expected to have about $35 million in cap space this summer once Chris Bosh’s contract is removed from its books. Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media...
Dave George: Chris Bosh deserves better farewell from Heat

Dave George: Chris Bosh deserves better farewell from Heat

Getting Chris Bosh to sign used to be a big deal. Now, as the annual summer frenzy of free agency begins, the Miami Heat’s first and most vital move is to erase his name from the roster. So this is how it ends for the final fraction of Miami’s Big Three. No heartfelt goodbye, which was the proper response to Dwyane Wade’s departure. Not even a bitter good riddance, which is what...
Coach Chris Quinn on Miami Heat summer league roster: ‘These guys have brought it every day’

Coach Chris Quinn on Miami Heat summer league roster: ‘These guys have brought it every day’

Coach Chris Quinn and the Miami Heat open summer league play Saturday in Orlando. ORLANDO – Although most eyes will be cast toward free agency and the Heat’s pursuit of Gordon Hayward and others, several members of the coaching staff will be leading a team of young players in the first of two summer leagues in which Miami will participate. Summer league head coach...
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra disappointed Rodney McGruder, Hassan Whiteside snubbed in post-season

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra disappointed Rodney McGruder, Hassan Whiteside snubbed in post-season

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra believes Hassan Whiteside deserved better in the balloting for the league’s top defensive players. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) We take a short break from free agency news to update you on Erik Spoelstra’s feelings about the league awards. … The Heat coach defended his team this week against the snubs in the voting for the All-League...
2017 Free Agency Preview: Is there more pressure than usual on the Heat to get it right this summer?

2017 Free Agency Preview: Is there more pressure than usual on the Heat to get it right this summer?

Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP) With free agency set to start at 12 a.m. on Saturday morning, we took a look at the biggest free-agent questions surrounding the Heat. Today we ask: Is there pressure on the Heat to make...
Dave George: Blake Griffin would be bad investment for Heat

Dave George: Blake Griffin would be bad investment for Heat

NBA free agency is almost here and there’s only one Miami Heat option of which I am completely certain. Don’t sign Blake Griffin. He’s been hurt too much in recent years. He’s hurt now, according to some published reports. He’ll probably be hurt again, and at the worst possible moment, which is why Miami should be the absolute last team to buddy up with Blake. Maximum...
Add ‘culture’ to the Miami Heat’s list of selling points in free agency

Add ‘culture’ to the Miami Heat’s list of selling points in free agency

MIAMI — The Heat have plenty of things to sell free agents on. It’s an organization that has won three titles over the past 12 seasons. It’s an organization that has made the playoffs in 17 of the past 22 seasons. It’s an organization that’s led by respected basketball names like president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra. Oh, and...
Mailbag: Will James Johnson really give the Heat a hometown discount?

Mailbag: Will James Johnson really give the Heat a hometown discount?

Miami Heat forward James Johnson, drives to the basket against Philadelphia’s Robert Covington, in the second quarter of the Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ERS, NBA game at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 01, 2017. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — It’s already been a busy summer in the NBA, and free agency hasn’t even begun...
2017 Free Agency Preview: What mid-level free agents should the Heat pursue?

2017 Free Agency Preview: What mid-level free agents should the Heat pursue?

Sacramento’s Rudy Gay averaged 18.7 points. 6.3 points and 2.7 assists in 30 games last season before tearing his Achilles. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) With free agency set to start at 12 a.m. Saturday, we take a look at the biggest free-agent questions surrounding the Heat. Today we ask: What mid-level free agents should the Heat pursue? We&rsquo...
Miami Heat reportedly set to meet with free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday

Miami Heat reportedly set to meet with free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday

Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz walks off the court looking at scoreboard, as they lost 102-91 to the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 6, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) MIAMI — It looks like the Heat won’t have to...
Hoping the Heat can restructure Wayne Ellington’s contract to create additional cap space? Here’s why that’s not a feasible option

Hoping the Heat can restructure Wayne Ellington’s contract to create additional cap space? Here’s why that’s not a feasible option

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns’ Leandro Barbosa (19) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — There are ways the Heat can manipulate the salary cap to free up additional money to spend this summer. But restructuring Wayne Ellington’s contract...
Ready for Miami Heat summer-league basketball? Here’s the full roster and more info to know

Ready for Miami Heat summer-league basketball? Here’s the full roster and more info to know

MIAMI — With the NBA draft now in the rearview mirror, the start of summer-league basketball is just days away. And the Heat’s summer-league team should not be overlooked. Tyler Johnson, Okaro White, Udonis Haslem, Rodney McGruder and Willie Reed are all undrafted prospects who went through Miami’s summer-league program before eventually earning a spot on ...
Does Chris Paul going to Rockets raise the bar for the Miami Heat in free agency?

Does Chris Paul going to Rockets raise the bar for the Miami Heat in free agency?

Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers drives past Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz during the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) MIAMI – The Houston Rockets are on the verge of putting together another super team in the NBA, which could force the Miami Heat to think even bigger when free agency begins Saturday. The...
UPDATED: Heat’s Pat Riley lapping Phil Jackson’s success in front office

UPDATED: Heat’s Pat Riley lapping Phil Jackson’s success in front office

Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson and Head Coach of the Miami Heat Pat Riley share a laugh before the game on December 25, 2005 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Lakers 97-92. (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) Being a successful NBA player does not always mean you’d make a successful NBA...
2017 Free Agency Preview: Can the Miami Heat find a way to keep Dion Waiters?

2017 Free Agency Preview: Can the Miami Heat find a way to keep Dion Waiters?

With free agency set to start at 12 a.m. Saturday., we’ll take a look at the biggest free-agent questions surrounding the Heat. Today we ask, can the Heat find a way to keep Dion Waiters? We’ll shift to a different question each day leading up to the start of free agency. [Monday’s question: Should the Heat forget about ‘whales’ and...
Miami Heat Mailbag: Does Pat Riley covet Clippers forward Blake Griffin?

Miami Heat Mailbag: Does Pat Riley covet Clippers forward Blake Griffin?

Is Clippers forward Blake Griffin part of one of Pat Riley’s plans? (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) As the days dwindle two names are mostly associated with the Miami Heat when it comes to free agency. And not surprisingly they are the top two players among those most believe could switch teams – Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and Jazz small forward Gordon...
More starting to believe Clippers forward Blake Griffin could sign with Miami Heat

More starting to believe Clippers forward Blake Griffin could sign with Miami Heat

Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers scores against the Wizards during a game at the Staples Center in March. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Blake Griffin to the Miami Heat is becoming a popular theme. While many believe deep-pocketed owner Steve Ballmer will not let the five-time All-Star leave the Clippers, some are saying the Heat is a very real destination. Griffin has...
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