Oct 27, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
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."
Oct 27, 2014 1:28 PM EDT
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."
Oct 27, 2014 1:20 PM EDT
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.
Oct 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
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."
Oct 27, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
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
Oct 27, 2014 12:52 PM EDT
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.
Oct 27, 2014 8:21 AM EDT
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.
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."
Oct 27, 2014 8:14 AM EDT
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.
Oct 27, 2014 12:24 AM EDT
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.
Oct 26, 2014 4:57 PM EDT
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.
Oct 26, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
Travis Outlaw is owed $3 million this season.
Joe Lacob has yet to become comfortable offering Klay Thompson a maximum deal, sources said.
Malcolm Thomas will be a part of the 76ers' 15-man roster on opening night.
Roscoe Smith averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven preseason games while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Dion Waiters owns career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game.
The Kings roster now stands at 14 players.
The Mavericks' roster stands at 15, with Charlie Villanueva making the regular season roster out of training camp.
In six preseason appearances, Earl Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.
The Wolves roster now stands at 16 players.
The Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg.
Shane Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.
The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.
Justin Holiday was a standout for the Warriors' Summer League team this offseason.
Oct 25, 2014
The Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.
Casper Ware was acquired in this week's trade with the 76ers and was on a non-guaranteed contract.
The Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.
The Warriors roster now stands at 15 players.
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.
The Rockets have claimed forward Earl Clark off waivers.
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