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What you should know about Miami Heat power forward Jordan Mickey? He’s has something in common with Shaq

What you should know about Miami Heat power forward Jordan Mickey? He’s has something in common with Shaq

New Miami Heat forward Jordan Mickey blocks a shot last season while with the Celtics during a game against the Knicks. (Photo by Getty Images) The Miami Heat entered the offseason with a need to boost the power forward position. First came Bam Adebayo, a center-forward, who was taken with the 14 th overall selection in the draft. Then free agency helped solidify the spot...
Mailbag: Are Miami Heat still in the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes? We examine that and more.

Mailbag: Are Miami Heat still in the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes? We examine that and more.

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers gestures to the crowd in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals in June. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Although it’s been quiet on the Kyrie Irving trade front of late, most believe a move is coming. And if Irving is still out there, never rule out the Miami Heat. We answer questions...
First-round pick Bam Adebayo says Miami Heat initiation has been ‘welcoming’

First-round pick Bam Adebayo says Miami Heat initiation has been ‘welcoming’

MIAMI — Working out with Udonis Haslem has become a rite of passage for new Heat players. Haslem invited Rodney McGruder, Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Luke Babbitt and Willie Reed to work out with him before their first season with the Heat last summer. This offseason, Haslem made sure to introduce Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo to the workouts that have allowed...
Learning curve has started for Miami Heat rookies Derrick Walton Jr., Matt Williams Jr.

Learning curve has started for Miami Heat rookies Derrick Walton Jr., Matt Williams Jr.

Derrick Walton Jr., shown here at the Heat’s ‘Back To School’ event Monday, is the first Heat player to sign a two-way contract. (Anthony Chiang/Palm Beach Post). MIAMI – Students from all over Miami-Dade County may have started school today, but learning how to become a member of the Miami Heat started one month ago for two of the team&rsquo...
Report: Heat to sign former Celtics forward Jordan Mickey

Report: Heat to sign former Celtics forward Jordan Mickey

Jordan Mickey #55 of the Boston Celtics puts up a layup in the second half of a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) The Miami Heat are finalizing a deal with former Boston Celtics forward Jordan Mickey, according to The Vertical. Mickey and the Heat are expected to agree...
Mailbag: We look at the schedule and if the Heat can avoid another slow start; what players must show most improvement?

Mailbag: We look at the schedule and if the Heat can avoid another slow start; what players must show most improvement?

  Hassan Whiteside and the Heat celebrate last season after Dion Waiters’ game-winner over the Warriors. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) The Miami Heat open the season in Orlando two months from today. The Heat then enter a very important period with their longest home stand of 2017-18 followed by their longest road trip. How will the early season...
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem to Dwyane Wade: ‘We’d love to have you’

Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem to Dwyane Wade: ‘We’d love to have you’

Miami’s Udonis Haslem hugs Dwyane Wade after a game last season in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem has some advice – and a message – for his good friend, Dwyane Wade. “My advice to him is, ‘Hey, we’d love to have you but take it one step at a time, take it one day at a time,” Haslem said on the...
Report says LeBron James “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Should we strike up the Heat talk once again?

Report says LeBron James “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Should we strike up the Heat talk once again?

A report says LeBron James is “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Could he return to Miami? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The Season of LeBron is off and running. Soon after a report that LeBron is “100 percent leaving” Cleveland after the season, another surfaced disputing that as “100 percent false.” Veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan quoted a league...
The odds are not good for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to win MVP

The odds are not good for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to win MVP

Heat center Hassan Whiteside make the list of players’ who have a chance to win the MVP, but just barely. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Hassan Whiteside’s name appears on the odds to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. … but barely. The Heat’s center is a 250/1 shot according to Bovada, the longest odds on the board and tied for 35 ...
Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Which team will Dwyane Wade be on when Bulls come to town in late March?

Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Which team will Dwyane Wade be on when Bulls come to town in late March?

Miami’s Udonis Haslem hugs Dwyane Wade after a game last season in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) When the Chicago Bulls visit the Miami Heat in late March, Dwyane Wade will be facing his old team. The question is: Which will be is old team? The schedule, which was released Monday, shows the Bulls visit Miami twice; Nov. 1 during the Heat’s first homestand...
One small detail in the 2017-18 schedule should help the Miami Heat. Here’s what it is …

One small detail in the 2017-18 schedule should help the Miami Heat. Here’s what it is …

MIAMI — The NBA schedule makers were kind to the Heat. It could be hard to spot the favorable parts of an 82-game schedule. But look hard enough at Miami’s list of regular-season games and you’ll find one. As part of the formula used to balance NBA schedules, the Heat face four Eastern Conference teams just three times each season. Miami plays...
Miami Heat schedule notes: 13 back-to-backs, nine games on national television, much more

Miami Heat schedule notes: 13 back-to-backs, nine games on national television, much more

Miami Heat players Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson celebrate after a victory in Detroit last March. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The Miami Heat open the season at Orlando Oct. 18 and return to South Florida for their home opener three nights later against Indiana. The schedule, released Monday, is more spread out with the season starting about a week...
What’s different about the 2017-18 NBA schedule this season? More rest, less back-to-backs

What’s different about the 2017-18 NBA schedule this season? More rest, less back-to-backs

MIAMI — The NBA is trying its best to limit injuries and cut down on the number of games in which teams rest healthy players. Just take a look at the 2017-18 schedule that was released Monday. With the regular season starting a week earlier this year on Oct. 17, the NBA was able to eliminate the “four games in five nights” scenario. For the first...
Miami Heat schedule: 10 games on their 2017-18 schedule you won’t want to miss

Miami Heat schedule: 10 games on their 2017-18 schedule you won’t want to miss

MIAMI — The Heat’s regular-season schedule is set. The NBA released the full 2017-18 schedule Monday evening and, as always, there are plenty of intriguing matchups to be excited for. For the Heat, there are two home games against Dwyane Wade and the Bulls, an early-season game against Gordon Hayward and the Celtics, and even an international contest against the...
Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Early home stand includes Spurs, Celtics and Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Early home stand includes Spurs, Celtics and Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat season tips off Oct. 18 at Orlando. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Miami Heat fans will have plenty of opportunities to see their team early in the season. After opening the season in Orlando on Oct. 18, Miami returns to AmericanAirlines Arena to start its longest homestand of the season, six games, which will include Dwyane Wade’s second game in Miami since...
Mailbag: Who should be the Miami Heat’s starting power forward?

Mailbag: Who should be the Miami Heat’s starting power forward?

MIAMI — It’s hard to believe, but the NBA season is inching closer. Six weeks stand between us and the Sept. 26 start of Heat training camp. So let’s take a look at one of the position battles that will be going on in camp. Who will be the Heat’s starting power forward? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren&rsquo...
Dion Waiters speaks about new contract with the Heat, discusses Kyrie Irving situation

Dion Waiters speaks about new contract with the Heat, discusses Kyrie Irving situation

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crNeqI3q3uw&w=492&h=307] MIAMI — Dion Waiters is having a good summer. The 25-year-old guard signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Heat last month. And last weekend, he hosted his annual “Made in Philly” party in his hometown of Philadelphia. The bash was attended by rapper and close friend Meek Mill, Heat teammates...
Kelly Olynyk is getting to know Hassan Whiteside off the court, excited to team up with him on the court

Kelly Olynyk is getting to know Hassan Whiteside off the court, excited to team up with him on the court

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk’s relationship began with a flagrant-2 foul. 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 with a one-game suspension...
Wife of Willie Reed says incident ‘blown out of proportion,’ wants domestic battery charge dropped

Wife of Willie Reed says incident ‘blown out of proportion,’ wants domestic battery charge dropped

Former MIami Heat center Willie Reed has agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Clippers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — The wife of former Heat center Willie Reed does not plan to press charges after her husband was arrested Sunday on domestic violence misdemeanor battery charges. The statement released by attorney Ivlis Mantilla from Jasmine Reed...
Report has the Heat taking on the Nets in Mexico City this season

Report has the Heat taking on the Nets in Mexico City this season

MIAMI — The 2017-18 NBA schedule is expected to be released soon, and it looks like the Heat will be one of the teams playing in Mexico City this season. The Heat will face the Nets in Mexico City on Dec. 9, according to a Twitter post by a Mexican journalist Paulina Benavente. This will reportedly come after the Nets take on the Thunder in Mexico City on Dec. 7, with...
Miami Heat: What should you know about 6-foot-5 guard Matt Williams Jr.? He’s a persistent worker.

Miami Heat: What should you know about 6-foot-5 guard Matt Williams Jr.? He’s a persistent worker.

MIAMI — The Heat use their summer league team in part to discover prospects who have slipped through the cracks. Miami found former UCF shooting guard Matt Williams Jr. this offseason. Williams, who went undrafted this summer, signed with the Heat in July on a standard NBA rookie contract for training camp that could be converted to a two-way deal down the road. In eight games (six...
Mailbag: Why did the Heat go ‘all-in’ on a .500 roster?

Mailbag: Why did the Heat go ‘all-in’ on a .500 roster?

MIAMI — After missing out on Gordon Hayward in free agency this summer, the Heat decided to bring back last season’s core. A core that led Miami to a 41-41 record. Was it a good decision for the Heat to invest years and money into a .500 team? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question...
Former Heat center Willie Reed arrested in Miami-Dade on domestic violence charge

Former Heat center Willie Reed arrested in Miami-Dade on domestic violence charge

Willie Reed was arrested early Sunday morning on a domestic violence charge in Miami-Dade County, just three days after the Los Angeles Clippers announced they had signed the former Miami Heat center. Reed, 27 remained in jail as of 7:30 a.m., according to the Miami Herald, which first reported the story. Reed and the Clippers agreed to a one-year deal for just less than...
Former Miami Heat forward Luke Babbitt signs for minimum with Atlanta Hawks

Former Miami Heat forward Luke Babbitt signs for minimum with Atlanta Hawks

  Luke Babbitt of the Miami Heat takes a shot over Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game in March. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The last Miami Heat free agent has found a home. Luke Babbitt, who started 55 games in his lone season with the Heat, has agreed to a one year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN. The contract is for...
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra honored to be part of NBA’s Africa Game

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra honored to be part of NBA’s Africa Game

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in Africa this week. (Photo Miami Heat) Luol Deng played just two seasons with the Miami Heat but he made an impact on coach Erik Spoelstra that goes beyond the court. Spoelstra is in Africa as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program and it is because of his...
Erik Spoelstra on Heat losing Willie Reed: ‘We’re always going to root for him’

Erik Spoelstra on Heat losing Willie Reed: ‘We’re always going to root for him’

MIAMI — The Heat found a way to keep last season’s core pretty much intact this summer. But there’s at least one key piece of the rotation who won’t be returning — Willie Reed. The 27-year-old center signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Clippers in free agency this offseason. This came after Reed declined his 2017-18 player option with the...
With core of last year’s team returning, coach Erik Spoelstra says Miami Heat will “aim high”

With core of last year’s team returning, coach Erik Spoelstra says Miami Heat will “aim high”

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on from the bench while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Miami won the game 106-98. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The Miami Heat got what they wanted. The 2016-17 team that had the second-best record in the NBA the second half of the season will return virtually intact...
Should the Heat offer Josh Richardson a contract extension? A look at the looming decision

Should the Heat offer Josh Richardson a contract extension? A look at the looming decision

MIAMI — The Heat now face a decision regarding Josh Richardson’s future. Starting Thursday, Richardson is eligible to receive a contract extension. The 6-foot-6 combo guard is eligible for an extension up to four years in length and for as much as $43 million in total value. The extension would begin in the 2018-19 season, as Richardson is already under contract with the Heat...
Odds of LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat probably not as great as you might think

Odds of LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat probably not as great as you might think

LeBron James posted this photo on his Instagram account. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of imploding. Point guard Kyrie Irving wants out, tired of playing Robin to LeBron James’ Batman, a story first reported by ESPN. And LeBron is toying with the idea of bolting Cleveland for a second time when he becomes a free agent next summer, according to multiple reports...
Will the Miami Heat continue to bring the ‘Brothers Johnson’ off the bench? Tyler Johnson says it would be ‘cool’

Will the Miami Heat continue to bring the ‘Brothers Johnson’ off the bench? Tyler Johnson says it would be ‘cool’

Tyler Johnson and James Johnson of the Miami Heat slap hands during a game against the Indiana Pacers in February. (Getty Images) KENDALL – Tyler Johnson’s connection with James Johnson runs much deeper than their last names. Tyler and James instantly bonded when the Heat signed James last summer. The two lived in the same neighborhood and would ...
Tyler Johnson glad Miami Heat kept team together: ‘We know what we’re capable of’

Tyler Johnson glad Miami Heat kept team together: ‘We know what we’re capable of’

KENDALL — When asked how important it was to him that this Heat team stayed together this offseason, Tyler Johnson flashed his toothless grin. Johnson was happy to see the Heat re-sign James Johnson and Dion Waiters, and find room to retain Wayne Ellington. As it stands right now, the Heat have 11 players returning from last year’s season-ending roster. Johnson...
Mailbag: Who should be the Heat’s starting small forward — Rodney McGruder or Justise Winslow?

Mailbag: Who should be the Heat’s starting small forward — Rodney McGruder or Justise Winslow?

MIAMI — Rodney McGruder impressed as the Heat’s starting small forward in place of the injured Justise Winslow last season. But with Justise set to return this upcoming season, will Rodney be sent back to the bench? 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...
A look at a few roster decisions that await the Miami Heat in August

A look at a few roster decisions that await the Miami Heat in August

MIAMI — The free-agent frenzy has calmed down and the final summer league game was played a few weeks ago, but the Heat still have some business to handle in August. Miami’s first decision will come on the first day of the month, as the Heat must decide by Tuesday — Aug. 1 — whether they will guarantee $453,000 for the 2017-18 salary of Rodney McGruder...
Do Heat feel like they still need a backup point guard? ‘Absolutely not’

Do Heat feel like they still need a backup point guard? ‘Absolutely not’

MIAMI — Don’t tell the Heat that their roster is missing a backup point guard. “Absolutely not,” team president Pat Riley said earlier this month when asked if Miami still needs a backup for starter Goran Dragic. “This is becoming a combo guard league. Even if you take a look at the point guards of the draft, they’re not just pure point guards...
Mailbag: Heat deny ESPN report of making trade offer for Kyrie Irving. What can we take away from this?

Mailbag: Heat deny ESPN report of making trade offer for Kyrie Irving. What can we take away from this?

MIAMI — Friday was an eventful day. It began with an ESPN report that indicated the Heat had made a trade offer to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. And it continued with a strong denial from the Heat that any offer had been made to Cleveland. What can we take away from this series of events? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. Kyrie Irving...
Heat mailbag: Where does Goran Dragic rank among NBA point guards?

Heat mailbag: Where does Goran Dragic rank among NBA point guards?

MIAMI — There’s a long list of talented point guards in the NBA. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is one of them, and it’s the reason his trade request has become such a big story around the league. But where does Miami’s Goran Dragic rank on the list of NBA point guards? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If...
Heat offseason Q&A: Justise Winslow discusses shoulder rehab, says Kyrie Irving has ‘maximized’ Cavaliers role

Heat offseason Q&A: Justise Winslow discusses shoulder rehab, says Kyrie Irving has ‘maximized’ Cavaliers role

KENDALL — Justise Winslow is getting ready for his third NBA season. But to him, it feels like he’s preparing for his second. That’s because Winslow’s year was cut short last season, as he was limited to just 18 games. After missing 16 games due to a sprained left wrist — his shooting wrist — early in the season, the 21-year-old forward underwent season-ending...
An update on the Kyrie Irving situation, as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman say ‘things are fluid’

An update on the Kyrie Irving situation, as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman say ‘things are fluid’

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) MIAMI — If the Cavaliers are indeed planning to trade point guard Kyrie Irving, they won’t admit it publicly. In a Wednesday press...
Miami Heat: What do you need to know about 6-foot-1 point guard Derrick Walton Jr.? He’s tough.

Miami Heat: What do you need to know about 6-foot-1 point guard Derrick Walton Jr.? He’s tough.

Derrick Walton Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines runs up the floor after scoring against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game at Verizon Center on March 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI — The Heat used their first two-way contract on a 6-foot-1 guard. But that 6-foot-1 guard has used...
Mailbag: What’s the most realistic way for Heat to acquire a star — trade or free agency?

Mailbag: What’s the most realistic way for Heat to acquire a star — trade or free agency?

Heat president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami on Wednesday.(David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP) MIAMI — Even with 16 players now under contract for next season, the Heat are always looking for ways to improve. What’s the most realistic way for the Heat to acquire a player who is going to help them take that next step &mdash...
Richard Jefferson: Kyrie Irving in search of ‘some sort of stability’

Richard Jefferson: Kyrie Irving in search of ‘some sort of stability’

MIAMI — A lot of reports have Kyrie Irving asking for a trade because he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. But Cavaliers teammate Richard Jefferson believes there’s a different reason behind Irving’s trade request. Instead, Jefferson sees it as part of Irving’s search for a more stable situation. Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Miami Heat now have 16 on roster for next season after signing guards Matt Williams, Derrick Walton Jr.

Miami Heat now have 16 on roster for next season after signing guards Matt Williams, Derrick Walton Jr.

Matt Williams signed with the Heat on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Miami Heat) MIAMI — The Heat have added a few more new faces to their roster. Miami announced Monday that it signed 6-foot-5 shooting guard Matt Williams, who impressed with his 3-point shooting on the Heat’s summer league team, and point guard Derrick Walton Jr., who played for the Magic’s summer league...
Kyrie Irving may get what he’s wishing for and then regret it

Kyrie Irving may get what he’s wishing for and then regret it

Not everybody was thrilled with Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors last summer, but at least it was clear what he was after. A championship. A partnership with a team capable of winning several of them, in fact. A super team. Well, Kyrie Irving isn’t interested in being part of a super team any more. He wants to be Superman, period, the prime force in some new situation. That is...
What were Gordon Hayward’s thoughts after meeting with Heat? ‘Wow, that’s going to be really tough to beat’

What were Gordon Hayward’s thoughts after meeting with Heat? ‘Wow, that’s going to be really tough to beat’

MIAMI — Before Gordon Hayward decided to sign with the Celtics in free agency earlier this month, he thought he might end up with the Heat. After traveling to Miami to meet with Heat players, coaches and management on the first stop of his free agency tour on July 1, Hayward came away so impressed that he immediately texted his agent Mark Bartelstein: “Wow, that&rsquo...
Kyrie Irving wants to be ‘more of a focal point’ on any team that trades for him. Should that worry the Miami Heat?

Kyrie Irving wants to be ‘more of a focal point’ on any team that trades for him. Should that worry the Miami Heat?

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) MIAMI — On the surface, trying to put together a trade package to land Kyrie Irving seems like the obvious move for the Heat. The disgruntled...
Miami Heat Mailbag: A closer look at how Kyrie Irving news impacts Cleveland and the East; What role will Udonis Haslem play?

Miami Heat Mailbag: A closer look at how Kyrie Irving news impacts Cleveland and the East; What role will Udonis Haslem play?

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers gets a quick breather during a game against the Heat in Miami. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) What off season? In the past 48 hours the Heat have re-signed Udonis Haslem and reports have surfaced that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and Miami may be on his list of preferred landing spots. We answer questions...
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...
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