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Wade: Maintenance Program Was 'Close To Almost Genius'

Dwyane Wade played in just 54 regular season games as part of a designed maintenance program by the Miami Heat. 

Wade will need to play more games this season in order for the Heat to remain a playoff team.

Wade started out the playoffs well, but ultimately faded against the San Antonio Spurs in The Finals.

"We tried something different last year," Wade said. "At one point it was close to almost genius. And then I didn't have a great Finals performance, and our team didn't have a great Finals performance, and it was the worst thing to ever happen. But this is a different year. Every year is different. My approach and my responsibility is a little different. I understand that, and he understands that as well ... my goal is to be available as much as possible."

Said Erik Spoelstra: "We don't have a specific plan, because we're going day to day. The plan is to be available. I'm not going through the calendar. We'll get to them when we feel we need them."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Bosh: Only Volume Of Touches This Season Similar To Time With Raptors

Chris Bosh is prepared to again play a bigger role, similar to his initial seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors.

But Bosh sees the situation with the Miami Heat being considering different.

"The volume of touches, that's the only similarities" to Toronto, he said. "Everything else is totally different. It's getting to be a little while ago. I always get the question: 'You going to be like you were in Toronto?' No, I'm not. I consider myself a much better player than I was then. I'm a better leader. I'm taking the experiences I've had over the past years and trying to bring all that over to my new role."

Bosh accepted a more complementary role during his first four seasons with the Heat due to the presence of LeBron James.

"I knew what it was as soon as I agreed," Bosh said. "I've been in this league 10-plus years now, and I consider myself a decently smart person. Yeah, I know what it means. And as far as like my role with this team, and what they're going to demand of me is a lot more. I understand that. I understood that back in July. It's a work in progress for me."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

76ers Sign Malcolm Thomas

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Malcolm Thomas.

Thomas is entering his fourth NBA season, having been named an NBA Development League All-Star last season, while averaging 18.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.33 blocks in 12 combined games for Los Angeles and Austin. In 2011-12, Thomas earned All-NBA D-League First Team and All-Defensive First Team honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rajon Rondo Likely To Return From Broken Hand For Celtics' Opener

Rajon Rondo will practice on Monday and will check for the doctors' final clearance on whether he can return for the Boston Celtics' season opener on Wednesday.

Rondo said he has a "79 percent" chance to play Wednesday. The guard will receive one more X-ray. If cleared, he will play.

"I'm still optimistic," Rondo said. "I don't know. I don't think (it's) realistic but a lot of rest and more treatment you never know."

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Cavs, Anderson Varejao Seriously Discussing Extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers are engaged in serious talks with center Anderson Varejao on a contract extension, according to sources

Talks have progressed in recent weeks, but there's no agreement imminet.

Varejao played 65 games for Cleveland a season ago, averaging 8.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 27 minutes a game

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Waive Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith, Earl Clark

The Houston Rockets have waived Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith and Earl Clark, the team announced Monday.

Adrien and Smith signed guaranteed deals with the Rockets in free agency.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Strongly Weighing Sixth Man Role For Iguodala

Although Steve Kerr appears to be leaning toward bringing Andre Iguodala off the Golden State Warriors' bench as the sixth man, the coach admits he has a dilemma.


"I could make an argument he's been our best player, especially over the last two weeks," Kerr said. "Right now in the scrimmages, he's the most impactful player that we have. The last couple of weeks, he has sort of determined who's winning (the scrimmage) depending on what side he's on.

"So from that standpoint, you could call me an idiot. If he's my best player and I'm not starting him, maybe I'm the one who's wrong. ... The argument is absolutely there."

Iguodala, 31, battled knee tendinitis last season, but Kerr expects to use the team's depth.

"He's an incredibly smart player," Kerr said of Iguodala. "He recognizes everything that's happening on the floor in front of him on both ends. And he's a leader, so he can run a team and get guys organized. He is an absolute joy to watch out there. I can't wait to get him in the game to see him, but we're trying to put the right combinations out there to help everybody and make the team its best.

"At the end of the day, we're always going to do what's best for the team and what's going to make us the best possible team, and we'll stick to that."

Via Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group

Leonard, Spurs Not Progressing On Extension As He Pursues Max Deal

Kawhi Leonard is holding firm on his desire for a maximum contract, and extension talks with the San Antonio Spurs have failed to gather traction despite a looming Friday deadline, according to sources.

No progress has been made despite discussions for weeks.

Multiple league executives believe he'll command a max offer sheet on the market next summer.

Leonard has missed the preseason with an eye infection and is unlikely to be in the lineup on Tuesday for the Spurs opening night game against Dallas.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Aaron Gray Waived By Pistons

Aaron Gray was waived by the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, the team announced.

Gray had reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Pistons during free agency.

The Pistons' roster stands at 15.

Via RealGM Staff Report

J.J. Barea Finalizing Buyout From Wolves, Hopes To Re-Sign With Mavs

J.J. Barea is finalizing a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, according to sources.

Barea is on course to be bought out as soon as Sunday and Monday at the latest.

Barea is hoping to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks after clearing waivers. The Mavericks would then have to create a roster spot for him.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks Consider Cutting Travis Outlaw To Keep Travis Wear

Travis Outlaw is owed $3 million this season.

Warriors' Lack Of Max Extension Offer Frustrates Thompson's Camp

Joe Lacob has yet to become comfortable offering Klay Thompson a maximum deal, sources said.

Malcolm Thomas Agrees To Deal With 76ers

Malcolm Thomas will be a part of the 76ers' 15-man roster on opening night.

Lakers Waive Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith

Roscoe Smith averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven preseason games while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Cavaliers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters owns career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game.

Kings Release Trey Johnson

The Kings roster now stands at 14 players.

Mavericks Waive Bernard James, Ivan Johnson, Doron Lamb

The Mavericks' roster stands at 15, with Charlie Villanueva making the regular season roster out of training camp.

Earl Barron Waived By Suns

In six preseason appearances, Earl Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

Wolves Waive Brady Heslip

The Wolves roster now stands at 16 players.

Knicks Waive Langston Galloway, Jordan Vandenberg

The Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg.

Cavs Waive Shane Edwards

Shane Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Spurs Waive JaMychal Green, Edwin, Vaden

The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.

Justin Holiday Earns Warriors' Final Roster Spot

Justin Holiday was a standout for the Warriors' Summer League team this offseason.

Blazers Waive Diante Garrett, Darius Morris

The Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.

Nets Waive Casper Ware

Casper Ware was acquired in this week's trade with the 76ers and was on a non-guaranteed contract.

Raptors Waive Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton

The Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.

Warriors Waive Craft, Kapono, Kilpatrick, McAdoo, Watt

The Warriors roster now stands at 15 players.

Kenyon Martin Meets With Rockets

Kenyon Martin also participated in basketball activities on Friday, giving some Rockets players the impression that he still intended to play this season, sources said.

Earl Clark Claimed By Rockets Off Waivers

The Rockets have claimed forward Earl Clark off waivers.

Pelicans Decline Fourth-Year Option On Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers was the 10th overall pick to the Pelicans in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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