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Heat Will Try To Persuade Hassan Whiteside To Take Less Than Max

May 30, 2016 2:02 PM

Hassan Whiteside would prefer to re-sign with the Miami Heat.

Whiteside has grown comfortable with the Heat and they also offer him living in place without state income tax and greater annual raises.

The Heat will try to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max to create space to do other business in free agency.

Pat Riley has called Whiteside the top priority of the Heat in the offseason.

Miami will have to use cap space to sign Whiteside.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Offer Head Coaching Job To David Fizdale

May 25, 2016 5:52 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have offered their head coaching job to David Fizdale.

Fizdale is currently an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. Fizdale has been an NBA assistant since 2003 with the Golden State Warriors and his tenure with the Heat began in 2008. 

Fizdale has long been considered one of the NBA's most promising future head coaches.

The two sides are working on a contract after Fizdale met with Robert Pera in San Jose.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Fizdale Progresses To 2nd Round Of Interviews With Grizzlies

May 25, 2016 1:40 AM

David Fizdale has progressed to an interview with Robert Pera after his first interview with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Fizdale is a longtime assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

The Grizzlies are searching for a replacement for Dave Joerger.

Frank Vogel also had an interview with Pera before taking the Orlando Magic job.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Miami's Top Priority Is To Get Meeting With Kevin Durant

May 20, 2016 1:05 PM

The Miami Heat continue to plan on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency.

The Heat are limited in how they can pursue Durant while re-signing Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade where it would be virtually impossible.

"The plan is and always has been: Go after Durant and free everything up – so much so that you insulted your superstar this offseason by telling Dwyane Wade no on multiple years, even though that’s what he wanted," said Dan Le Batard. "Dwyane, who deserves more of your allegiances as business and a company and management than Chris Bosh does. Because the whole thing is get in a room with Durant after this season.

"What I’m telling you, no matter how much you laugh at it, is that the Heat is getting in the room with Durant. Now, what happens from there, who knows? But you can sit here and laugh at it all you want, but the plan, the construct is – the priority, the No. 1 thing this offseason – is get in the room with Durant.

"You do what you want with the information. All I’m telling you is priority No. 1 is not get Dwyane locked up, Whiteside locked up. No. 1 on the list is can you get the superstar that is the big get in free agency while also taking care of your people around that?"

Miami could have more cap space in 2017 should Durant re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one deal.

Dan Le Betard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Miami's Top Offseason Priority Is Re-Signing Hassan Whiteside

May 19, 2016 3:37 PM

The top goal of the Miami Heat this offseason is to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

Whiteside earned just $990,000 in his season season with the Heat and will likely receive a max contract.

"He's our No. 1 priority, period," Pat Riley said. "He's 26 years old, he's a game changer, and I don't even think he's reached his real ceiling in a couple of areas in his game. He's shown all of us he can be a 15 [points], 15 [rebounds] and four blocked shots a game. He'll be right there in front of the line for us."

The Heat need to use their cap space to re-sign Whiteside.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Fear Chris Bosh May Be Forced Into Medical Retirement

May 16, 2016 12:40 PM

The Miami Heat fear Chris Bosh's condition may prevent him from ever being cleared to play again by team doctors.

Bosh has had a series of consultations with specialists and a medically forced retirement is possible.

"I feel very badly for CB because I know how much this game means to him," Erik Spoelstra said Sunday after his team's Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors. "I think everybody knows how much CB means to me."

Neither the Heat nor Bosh have announced the nature of his medical condition.

Two weeks ago, after months of silence, they released a joint statement that read: "The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible."

Bosh wants to play and the Heat would love to have him return

According to league rules, if he does not play again by Feb. 9, 2017, an independent doctor approved by the Heat and the player's union can review Bosh's case and give a recommendation to the league.

Bosh is owed $75 million over the next three seasons and would receive the entire amount.

Bosh's salary would come off the salary cap in the summer of 2017 if he doesn't return.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

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Heat Rule Out Hassan Whiteside For Game 7

May 14, 2016 2:40 PM

Hassan Whiteside has been ruled out for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors.

Whiteside has been listed as day-to-day by the team, but he has not played since suffering a sprained MCL of his right knee in the second quarter of Game 3. He will travel to Toronto with Miami, but remains out indefinitely.

"I don't really have a time period for you," Whiteside said after Game 6. "I'm just getting better."

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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DeMarre Carroll, Luol Deng Leave Game 5 With Wrist Injuries

May 11, 2016 11:09 PM

DeMarre Carroll and Luol Deng each left Game 5 with wrist injuries.

Carroll crashed to the court after colliding with Goran Dragic on a drive to the basket. X-rays were negative but he didn't return due to the left wrist contusion.

Deng's x-rays were "inconclusive" and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday.

The Toronto Raptors won the game to take a 3-2 series lead.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Tags: Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Hassan Whiteside In Walking Boot, Knee Brace

May 9, 2016 10:14 AM

Hassan Whiteside was wearing a walking boot and a knee brace on Sunday. Whiteside has been ruled out for Game 4 on Monday.

Whiteside is listed as day-to-day with a sprained MCL.

Erik Spoelstra said “it’s way too early to tell” how long Whiteside will be out.

“Where my mind was, where Hassan’s mind was, that’s about the best news we could have,” Spoelstra said of the MRI showing a sprain and not a tear. “He’s going to be doing treatment, a lot of rest.”

Whiteside will be a free agent this offseason and has been poised to sign his first significant NBA contract.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dwyane Wade Didn't Intend Disrespect Shooting During 'O Canada'

May 8, 2016 9:16 PM

Dwyane Wade blamed a time-clock management issue for his shooting at the basket during the singing of the Canadian national anthem on Saturday. Wade insisted he meant no disrespect toward Canada.

Wade received criticism on social media from Raptors fans and some media members who questioned his decision to take shots while the anthem was played. Wade then stood in line with teammates when "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played.

"It's something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I've been doing it my whole career," Wade said after the Heat's practice session Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. "So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I'm not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I'm being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is."

NBA spokesman Tim Frank, responding to a question from ESPN of whether Wade would face ramifications for his activity during the singing of "O Canada," said the league talked to the Heat about the situation.

"We spoke to the team, and the Heat will work with its players to make sure no pregame routines interfere with either anthem going forward," he said.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA

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Hassan Whiteside Day-To-Day With Sprained MCL
The Heat did not reveal the extent of the injury and a timetable for Hassan Whiteside's return is unknown.

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Longtime Heat Reporter Believes Chris Bosh Won't Play In NBA Again
Chris Bosh has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs and his career could be in jeopardy.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Chris Bosh Declared Out For Season
The NBPA urged the Heat to resolve Chris Bosh's uncertain situation as he recovers from blood clots.

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LeBron James Already Thinking About Playing Heat In ECF
The Cavaliers and Heat each have three more games in the second round to win.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Union Working To Influence Heat On Letting Chris Bosh Return
Chris Bosh is attempting to return to game action as he recovers from blood clots that recurred in February.

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Dwyane Wade Emotional To Learn He Was Prince's Favorite Player
Dwyane Wade cried during the national anthem ahead of Game 7 of the first round series against the Hornets.

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Tyler Johnson Will Play in Game 6
Tyler Johnson had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder on February 3 and has not played in a game since January 26.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Chris Bosh Addresses Heat Before Playoffs Begin
Chris Bosh has been out since the All-Star break due to blood clots.


Heat Sign Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright is playoff eligible for the Heat.

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Briante Weber To Sign Three-Year Deal With Heat
For the D-League season, Briante Weber averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

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Dorell Wright, Heat Discussing Deal
Dorell Wright averaged 24.3 points and 7.5 rebounds for Beijing.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Josh Richardson Named NBA's Rookies Of The Month
Karl-Anthony Towns has won Rookie of the Month five months in a row, while it is the first for Josh Richardson.

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Heat Considering Dorell Wright, Briante Weber, John Lucas III
Miami would like to sign one established player and one developmental player.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Heat Pleased With Progress Of Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside will be a free in the offseason and the Heat do not own his Bird rights.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade Not Interested In Superteam At This Point
LeBron James is unsure if any NBA owner would go for the idea of him teaming up with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul due to how much power would be conceded to the players.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Chris Bosh, Heat Have Received Differing Opinions On How Soon He Can Play
Some doctors recommend staying on blood thinners for three to six months after a clot develops but that's not a unanimous view.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade 'Really Likes' Current Heat Team
Dwyane Wade is on track to play 75 games, the most he's played since the 10-11 season.

Jason Lieser/Palm Beach Post

Chris Bosh Returns To Bench For First Time Since ASG
It's uncertain if Chris Bosh will return this season.


Chris Bosh Announces Blood Clots Have Cleared, Wants To Return
Chris Bosh has announced his blood clot has cleared and he has been cleared to play.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James Volunteered Switch To 4 To Accommodate Joe Johnson
LeBron James has been reluctant to play power forward on a full time basis.

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