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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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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

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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

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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

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

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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."

 

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Chris Bosh Still Believes He Could Play In NBA Again

Apr 17, 2017 11:13 AM

Chris Bosh believes he will play in the NBA again after sitting out the entire 16-17 season.

Bosh experienced blood clots near the All-Star break in 2015 and 2016. The Miami Heat were unable to clear Bosh before the start of the 16-17 season.

"At heart," Bosh said, "I'm still an athlete. That is not how I want it to end."

Bosh said he understood the desire of the Miami Heat for clarity with their salary-cap position going forward. Pat Riley said prior to this past season that the Heat no longer were working toward Bosh's return.

"Yeah, I understand what they have to do as a team," Bosh, 33, said. "It is a business. I know we -- as athletes and owners and people involved with the NBA -- never want to say it's a business, and things like that. It's is a business. And hurt does come in with that. But as president of the Miami Heat, I understand what he has to do."

Bosh declined to get into specifics about the state of his health.

"It's complicated," he said. "It's very, very complicated and that's why I haven't been able to play this year."

Bosh said the time away from the NBA has allowed him to take stock.

"It's been a very interesting time for me," he said, "only because I'm used to playing basketball. I'm used to practicing. I'm used to the schedule. That's kind of what I was born to do. That's what I've been doing my whole life. And over the last year, I have not been able to kind of fall back on that. So it's forced me to grow in a lot of different ways."

Bosh hedged when he was asked what he might do next.

"I don't know," he said. "And that's exciting. It's always this kind of pressure as an athlete, people [asking], 'What are you going to do? And you should do this? Or you should do that?' I think it's OK to say, 'I don't know what I want to do.' I have a lot of things on my mind."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

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LeBron James Likely Would Have Re-Signed With Heat Had They Won 2014 Finals

Apr 10, 2017 12:47 PM

LeBron James would have likely re-signed with the Miami Heat in 2014 had they won their third straight Finals, according to an except from a new book called Return of the King: Lebron James, The Cleveland Cavaliers and The Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin.

The Heat split the first two games of that series before the San Antonio Spurs won the next three games.

James had followed the Cleveland Cavaliers and their moves while he was gone. The pull of returning home was strong for James.

But the decision was very much in progress during the opening days of free agency.

Rich Paul and Mark Termini told the teams that met with them in Cleveland that James would only be accepting a full max contract and that his contract length might range from one year to the maximum of four.

Teams were also asked whether they would be willing to pay the luxury tax and repeater tax.

Even as it looked like James may choose the Cavaliers, Paul wasn't tipping his hand.

"Rich was the best poker player ever. We had no idea what was really happening, and he played it straight down the middle," Dan Gilbert said. "He said to me, 'Dan, we're in the decision cave right now.' I said, 'Rich, what's the decision cave? Is that next to the bat cave?'"

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting

Mar 24, 2017 11:52 AM

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat felt LeBron James may have already made up his mind about returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they met with him in July of 2014.

"There were also indications the Heat felt James had already made up his mind and was attempting to make Riley grovel," writes Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin in their forthcoming book 'Return of the King'.

Riley spoke to James about Miami's new additsions of Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Shabazz Napier.

James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Among the book's photos was one of James seated alongside Riley and Arison at the 2014 NBA Finals, with a caption of, "Heat president Pat Riley's 'If you've got the guts' message during a 2014 press conference may have alienated LeBron James on his way out the door. James was also frustrated that Heat owner Micky Arison slowed spending on the roster."

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

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

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Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week

Mar 20, 2017 3:58 PM

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19. 

Whiteside finished second in the East in rebounding (13.7 rpg) and 11th in scoring (20.0 ppg) while shooting an NBA-best 73.0 percent from the field as the Heat went 2-1 for the week.  He also paced the East in blocked shots (2.67 bpg) and extended his streak with a block to a season-high 26 straight games.  The 27-year-old center posted double-doubles in all three games to set the franchise record for consecutive double-doubles with 12.  With 14 rebounds in a 123-105 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 17, Whiteside became only the second player in team history to grab 900 rebounds in a season, joining Rony Seikaly (1991-92).   

Lillard led the Trail Blazers to a 3-1 week, with all of Portland’s wins coming on the road.  He paced the league in scoring (35.3 ppg) and added 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and 59.4 percent from three-point range.  Lillard was also 36-for-36 from the free throw line.  On March 15, the 26-year-old guard scored 36 points in a 110-106 win against the San Antonio Spurs.  Lillard closed the week by scoring a season-high 49 points and matching a career high with nine three-pointers in a 115-104 win over the Heat on March 19.

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Tags: Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Award

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer

Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM

Carlos Boozer continues to play in the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Boozer's performance has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams tracking Boozer.

Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn't been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he'd have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.

Boozer last played in the NBA in 2015 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Guangdong Southern, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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

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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.

Sun Sentinel

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.

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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.

AP

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.

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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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Offer Nikola Vucevic, First Rounder To Heat For Goran Dragic
The Magic attempted to engage the Heat recently on a trade for Goran Dragic.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls Planning Pursuit Of Chris Bosh
The Bulls are already working on pursuing Chris Bosh if he becomes a free agent.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat Sign Okaro White To 10-Day Contract
Okaro White has appeared in 23 games for Miami's NBA Development League affiliate this season averaging 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.09 steals and 33.0 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception
Okaro White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

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