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Dwyane Wade Could Consider Return To Heat If Bought Out By Bulls

Jun 23, 2017 6:48 PM

With the Chicago Bulls rebuilding following their trade of Jimmy Butler, the future of Dwyane Wade with the franchise remains uncertain. Wade has already signed the paperwork on his $23.8 million player option for 17-18.

Wade could conceivably join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, or he could even return to the Miami Heat. In May, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Wade is open to considering a return at some point in his career.

"Dwyane Wade can apply pressure to be bought out and be bought out immediately," said Brian Windhorst on The Lowe Post.

"I don't think a return to Miami is necessarily impossible. It depends on what Dwyane wants to do. It depends on Dwyane wants to play a bit role on a serious contender, or he wants to set himself for another contract after this season. 

"If he went to Cleveland, for example, his role on the Cavs would be more as a supporting player, even a bench player. If he went to a different team he might be a starter, or still be able put up good numbers and position himself for one final contract."

Windhorst expects Wade to pursue a buyout with the Bulls.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Considered As Likely To Sign Gordon Hayward As Celtics

Jun 9, 2017 11:44 AM

While the Boston Celtics have long been identified as a strong candidate to sign Gordon Hayward away from the Utah Jazz, the Miami Heat will also pursue him in free agency.

The Jazz are as concerned with the ability of Miami to sign Hayward as they are with the Celtics.

Due to the presence of Brad Stevens and a flexible roster, the Celtics can present a compelling case to Hayward.

Miami can offer Hayward the opportunity to play with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic within their established culture of winning. Hayward can also make more money with Miami than the Celtics since Florida is a no state income tax state.

The Jazz can offer Hayward a five-year, $179.2 million contract if he remains with the Jazz and a four-year, $132.9 million deal with a rival team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dion Waiters To Decline $3.2M Player Option With Heat

Jun 2, 2017 8:40 PM

Dion Waiters will decline his 17-18 player option with the Miami Heat worth $3.2 million to test free agency.

Waiters had a breakout season with the Heat, averaging 15.8 points per game.

Waiters has repeatedly expressed his desire to return to Miami.

The Oklahoma City Thunder rescinded their offer sheet to Waiters last July in order to sign Russell Westbrook to a contract extension.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Bosh Medically Ruled To Have Career-Ending Illness

Jun 2, 2017 6:30 PM

A medical review has concluded that Chris Bosh has suffered a career-ending illness. The NBA and NBPA agreed with the position of the Miami Heat on the matter.

Bosh missed the second half of each of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

Bosh is guaranteed his remaining $25.3 million salary for 2017-18 and $26.8 million salary for 2018-19, much of it covered by insurance.

Bosh will be removed from Miami's salary cap once he is waived.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Receive Permission To Interview Adam Simon, Pat Garrity

Jun 1, 2017 2:23 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have received permission to interview Adam Simon and Pat Garrity for their general manager vacancy.

Simon currently works for the Miami Heat, while Garrity is in the front office of the Detroit Pistons.

While Justin Zanik is serving as the Bucks' interim general manager, they have cast a wide search to replace John Hammond. Hammond was set to leave the Bucks in 2018 but instead joined the Orlando Magic one season early.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Bosh Could Struggle To Find Team To Clear Him

May 30, 2017 12:07 PM

Chris Bosh could have difficulty finding a team to sign with this offseason.

Bosh and the Miami Heat are moving close to a resolution.

While Bosh has remained an effective player, finding a doctor to clear him following his recurring blood clots will be challenging.

"Miami had about $50 million reasons for him to play and could not get a doctor to clear him," the unidentified executive said. "Very unlikely the answer will be different at a team with $0 million reasons for him to play."

Bosh has spoken about his desire to play again, yet has also discussed moving on with his life at the age of 33.

David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Bosh, Heat, NBPA Reach Resolution

May 24, 2017 4:44 PM

Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat and the players' association have tentatively agreed to a resolution that would allow all parties to move on.

The sides have been discussing a resolution to Bosh's situation since last fall. 

Bosh is guaranteed $52 million over the next two seasons, though a significant portion of that is covered by insurance. Bosh has remained on Miami's salary cap, which has limited their ability to replace him.

The Heat will end up with between $14 million and $37 million in cap room, depending on player options, team options and waivers decisions.

A special agreement has been necessary since the NBA is between two collective bargaining agreements.

Under the new CBA, a panel of doctors selected by the league and the association would determine whether a player with a potentially life-threatening medical condition would be cleared to play.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Josh McRoberts Exercises $6M Player Option With Heat

May 24, 2017 12:36 PM

Josh McRoberts has exercised his player option for $6 million next season with the Miami Heat.

McRoberts will be entering the final season of the contract he signed with the Heat in 2014.

McRoberts is now eligible to be traded by the Heat.

Agent Mike Conley told the Sun Sentinel on Tuesday the early timing of the decision was a product of his recent discussions with McRoberts.

McRoberts appeared in just 22 games this past season as he was sidelined since late December with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Josh McRoberts, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Close To Resolution With Chris Bosh For Cap Relief

May 23, 2017 1:36 PM

Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are moving towards a resolution that will allow his salary to come off their salary cap without concern of it returning going forward.

Bosh failed a physical in the preseason after missing the final part of both the 14-15 and 15-16 seasons due to blood clots.

The Heat, NBA and NBPA have been working together on a resolution for Bosh's situation that will likely be a one-time allocation.

A return to the NBA by Bosh could have reinstated his cap hit to the Heat.

Bosh's contract expires after the 18-19 season.

The Heat had the right to apply to exclude Bosh's salary from their salary cap as soon as Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary from his last game played.

Bosh still has interest in resuming his playing career.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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

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