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Pat Riley Will Remain Based In Miami

May 11, 2017 3:13 AM

Pat Riley confirmed he agreed upon a five-year extension with the Miami Heat last year. The deal will keep him with the Heat through the 20-21 season when he will be 76.

As part of the agreement, Riley can be able to live anywhere he wants but he said he'll remain primarily based in Miami.

Riley clarified through a team spokesman that "he is not going anywhere for an extended period."

Riley has commuted between homes in Malibu and Miami.

Riley is expected to have another busy offseason, with the Heat anticipated to have roughly $37 million available in cap space.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Won't Decide On Wayne Ellington's Guarantee Until July 7th

May 8, 2017 2:56 AM

The Miami Heat have until July 7th to guarantee the $6.3 million salary of Wayne Ellington for the 17-18 season.

Ellington said he has "a good feeling" about the Heat doing so.

The Heat will wait to make that decision until after the first six days of the offseason as they will pursue free agents.

Ellington averaged 10.5 points while shooting 37.8 percent on three-pointers in 24.2 minutes per game in 16-17 for the Heat.

Ellington has bounced around every season since the 12-13 season, playing for the Grizzlies, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Nets and Heat.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Heat Unlikely To Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony

May 8, 2017 2:51 AM

The Miami Heat are not expected to have interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony this offseason.

Anthony’s cap hits would be $30.3 million next season and $27.9 million the following if he’s traded before July 1.

The Heat are expected to be active in free agent talks.

The New York Knicks are attempting to move on from Anthony this offseason.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Mike D'Antoni, Erik Spoelstra Named Winners Of NBCA Coach Of The Year Award

May 8, 2017 2:25 AM

Mike D’Antoni and Erik Spoelstra have been named the co-recipients of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced.

The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award recognizes the dedication and hard work of NBA Head Coaches and is presented annually to a Head Coach who helps guide his players to a higher level of performance on the court and shows outstanding service and dedication to the community off the court. It honors the spirit of Michael H. Goldberg who set the standard for loyalty, integrity, love of the game, passionate representation, and tireless promotion of NBA Coaching.  It is unique in that it is the only award voted upon by the winners’ peers, the Head Coaches of all 30 NBA teams.

In addition to D’Antoni and Spoelstra, the following coaches also received votes: Scott Brooks, Dave Fizdale, Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers and Quin Snyder.

“Congratulations to Mike and Erik on their outstanding work this year. And somewhere up above our good friend Michael Goldberg is very proud,” said Dallas Mavericks Head Coach and National Basketball Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle.

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Shane Battier Excited For New Challenge In Miami Front Office

May 4, 2017 7:19 PM

Shane Battier became director of basketball analytics and development for the Miami Heat this season.

Battier's function in the Heat hierarchy remains somewhat undefined.

"It's a way to stay connected to the game," Battier said of moving into that next phase. "It's a game that's been great to me and I've loved. It's a new challenge."

Battier was asked about his scouting "lens."

"I don't think we have enough tape to talk about my lens," he said. "You want good people and good players. You have that, you'll be all right."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday

Apr 28, 2017 8:49 PM

Erik Spoelstra has interest in running the Miami Heat when Pat Riley retires.

Spoelstra was asked about it during an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski.

"Short answer would be, I'm a Pat Riley disciple, and, like I've said, he's always pushed me and nurtured me for the next steps," Spoelstra said during the interview recorded in Southern California. "So, yes, that I'd love to have that opportunity years down the line from the Arison family, because I believe in them so much as human beings. They're such good people and family oriented."

Spoelstra said he is comfortable in his current role Under Micky Arison and Nick Arison. Spoelstra already has a seat in all organizational meetings with Riley and Andy Elisburg.

"Pat, he's going to go on, hopefully for a while," Spoelstra said. "I think he's younger now than he was when he was coaching. And he's such a visionary. The way things are set up right now, look, I want this to be the set-up that it is right now.

"I feel involved. Every meeting that's important, that deals with the organization and personnel, it's usually just four of us that get in a room, Pat, Nick, Andy and myself. And if it really gets to a level, then Micky will. I couldn't ask for anything more. I don't feel like I need more right now."

Riley signed a five-year extension with the Heat a year ago.

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Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh

Apr 25, 2017 11:55 AM

When LeBron James left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the camp of Chris Bosh wanted to reopen a deal they had just finished. Bosh's camp knew the Heat had extra money available.

Bosh threatened to sign with the Houston Rockets but ultimately signed a five-year, $118 million max contract.

Wade signed a two-year deal with $15 million in 14-15 and $16.125 million in 15-16, which allowed the Heat to sign Luol Deng. Wade opted out and re-signed a one-year, $20 million deal for 15-16, but was unable to come to terms with the Heat in 2016 and signed with the Chicago Bulls.

Bosh, meanwhile, hasn't played for more than a season due to recurring blood clots.

Riley now wishes he would have said no to Bosh's max deal and given all of that available money to Wade.

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Pat Riley Wanted To 'Say Something Like Dan Gilbert' After LeBron Left Heat

Apr 25, 2017 11:06 AM

When LeBron James called Pat Riley to inform him he was leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, Riley took it personally.

"I was silent," Riley says. "I didn't say anything. My mind began to just go. And it was over. I was very angry when LeBron left. It was personal for me. It just was. I had a very good friend who talked me off the ledge and kept me from going out there and saying something like Dan Gilbert. I'm glad I didn't do it."

When the Heat met with James that offseason, Riley felt it wasn't sincere. Maverick Carter wasn't in attendance and James kept glancing at a World Cup match during the presentation. Riley went so far as to ask them to mute the television.

Riley and Andy Elisburg also brought Miami's two championship trophies that they won with James and an easel to present free agent options. When Riley read the room, he instructed Elisburg to leave the trophies and easel in the hall.

Riley now understands why James had to leave.

"He went home because he had to go home," he says. "It was time. It was really time for him to go home, in his prime. If he's ever gonna do anything in Akron again, this was the time to do it. Otherwise, he'd have had a scarlet letter on his back the rest of his whole life."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

Heat Expect Chris Bosh Situation To 'Run Its Course, Take Care Of Itself'

Apr 19, 2017 7:37 PM

Pat Riley reiterated his stance from the preseason when asked about the status of Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

"Down the road," he said, "we don't have Chris' services."

Bosh has two more seasons on his contract, which will be paid in full by the Heat and insurance.

"It's been discussed enough and it's being discussed, but there's no resolution to it right now," Riley said.

The Heat are expected to seek cap relief from the NBA since Bosh hasn't been medically cleared to play.

"Look, there isn't anybody in this organization that feels worse for C.B. than I do. It got a little sideways at the end because of feelings and things of that nature."

The Heat eventually will need independent medical confirmation that Bosh is not able to safely to continue to his career.

"I think in due time it will run its course and take care of itself," Riley said."But I can't give you definitive answer."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Pat Riley Wants To Retain Roster, Downplays Adding 'Whale' In Free Agency

Apr 19, 2017 1:43 PM

The Miami Heat narrowly missed out on the playoffs after a slow start to the season.

While Pat Riley has long sought cap space for 2017, he appears willing to shift towards retaining their own players. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Luke Babbitt and Willie Reed are amongst Miami's free agents.

"We're going to focus on our guys," Riley said.

Miami finished 41-41 and were one of the best teams in the NBA by the end of the season.

"I think the table is set. It was a great disappointment, but at the same time it was a lot of success."

Riley believes the Heat are positioned for improvement still.

"While we're not in the playoffs, I think we're ahead and set with the pick. We have flexibility."

Riley downplayed adding a "whale" in free agency, and distanced himself from the term he had previously coined, "I regret ever making that statement."


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Chris Bosh Still Believes He Could Play In NBA Again
Chris Bosh said he understood the desire of the Heat for clarity with their salary-cap position going forward.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

LeBron James Likely Would Have Re-Signed With Heat Had They Won 2014 Finals
LeBron James had followed the Cavaliers and their moves while he was gone.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting
LeBron James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week
Hassan Whiteside finished second in the East in rebounding (13.7 rpg) and 11th in scoring (20.0 ppg).

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer's performance in China has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Goran Dragic Out With Eye Injury
Goran Dragic's eye swelled to the point where it completely shut.


Dion Waiters: You Shouldn't Be In NBA If You Don't Have Confidence
Dion Waiters is averaging 18.7 points per game in Miami's wins.

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Pat Riley: LeBron's Departure 'Most Shocking' Event Of Heat Tenure
Since LeBron James left the Heat, the Cavaliers have reached the Finals in both seasons while Miami has rebuilt on the fly.

Harvey Araton/The Vertical

Jared Sullinger Receives Interest From Heat
David Falk met with Pat Riley in recent days but Jared Sullinger remains in the "exploratory stages" of finding a new team.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

J.R. Smith Escorted By Cavs' Security Off Court Following Confrontation With Heat
Rodney McGruder dunked over Channing Frye with 1:14 left, then appeared to slap or push Frye on the back afterwards, which drew the ire of J.R. Smith.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Erik Spoelstra, Gregg Popovich Named NBA Coaches Of The Month
Erik Spoelstra led the Heat to an 8-3 record, the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference.

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Chris Bosh Hasn't Given Up On NBA Return
Chris Bosh continues to work out in hopes of returning to the NBA.


Chris Bosh Joins TNT, Won't Attempt Return This Season
The Heat are expected to move forward with their case for cap relief during the same time frame that Chris Bosh will be working on Turner's Monday doubleheader broadcasts.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Hire Shane Battier As Director of Basketball Development & Analytics
Shane Battier's duties will include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players

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Magic Ramp Up Trade Talks On Serge Ibaka
The Magic are fielding calls from a handful of teams on Serge Ibaka after realizing re-signing him will be tougher than initially expected.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat Intrigued By Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the Magic are willing to consider offers.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Heat Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To 10-Day Contract
Marcus Georges-Hunt, a 2017 D-League All-Star, is averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.03 steals and 36.7 minutes.

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Heat To Release Derrick Williams, Sign Okaro White To Two-Year Deal
Okaro White is averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over nine games with the Heat.

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Dion Waiters, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Dion Waiters averaged 23.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.

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Heat Re-Sign Okaro White To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Okaro White, who was signed to a 10-day contract on January 17, appeared in four games with the Heat and averaged 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.00 blocks and 16.4 minutes.

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