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LeBron, Bosh Rest Against Wizards

LeBron James and Chris Bosh will sit out of the Miami Heat's game against the Washington Wizards due to rest, the team announced Monday night.

The Heat would lose contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference if they lose on Monday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Turned Down Evan Turner For Haslem Offer From 76ers

The Miami Heat were offered Evan Turner in a trade by the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the deadline with Udonis Haslem being the only significant piece they would have had to send in return.

The Heat didn't make the trade, at least in part because they didn't like how it would look to deal one of the club's longest tenured players.

The Indiana Pacers, however, traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Turner.

Haslem has twice given up in excess of $10 million to remain with the Heat.

Via Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Wade To Sit Against Pacers

Dwyane Wade will be unavailable for the Miami Heat in their game on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers currently have a half-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wade has now missed 28 games due to a injuries and strategic rest for his knees. Wade's latest setback is for a hamstring.

Toney Douglas will start for the Heat in place of Wade.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

LeBron Concedes Durant Has Performed 'Most Consistent' For MVP Award

LeBron James all but conceded the Most Valuable Player award to Kevin Durant on Wednesday, praising the Oklahoma City Thunder forward as the most deserving candidate.

"I think K.D. has had one heck of a season, and if he was rewarded with the MVP, it would be great," James said. "It would be awesome for him, for his family. It would be a great thing for him. He has played MVP-type basketball. The most consistent basketball player as far as MVP this year. He has put up some great numbers."

Durant has averaged 32 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season while James has averaged 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Wade Misses 7th Straight Game As Precaution

Dwyane Wade missed his seventh straight game on Tuesday, but he was held out as a precaution and is close to returning.

Wade might return on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wade's hamstring strain came after rushing back from a sore Achilles tendon.

“He really pushed it the last two days and came in this morning and really pushed it,” Erik Spoelstra said. “He is making progress and making, actually, significant progress, but he’s just not quite there.

“We’re going to go into it day by day like we usually do. I like the progress he has made. It’s day-to-day.”

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Oddsmakers Expect Heat To Secure Top Seed In East

The Indiana Pacers hold the tiebreaker over the Miami Heat, but oddsmakers have shifted toward Erik Spoelstra's club.

The Heat now are 2/5 favorites to win the Eastern Conference, while the Pacers are at 7/4.

The Pacers are 6-10 over their past 16 games.

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Wade: Big 3 To Meet Before Making Opt Out Decisions

Dwyane Wade said that the Big 3 of the Miami Heat have yet to make a collective decision about whether they will opt out of their contracts this offseason.

Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh met before they made their free agent decision in 2010 and could have another such meeting before their June 30 opt-out deadlines, which allows them to leave in 2014, 2015 or 2016.

"I'm at a position where I don't really have to worry about it," said Wade. We've won multiple championships, so it's no reason where I need to think about that yet. I'm not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future so right now I'm really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to 'Three-peat.' And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family."

Bosh hinted last week that he and LeBron would stay in Miami when he answered "True" to a question posed by ESPN's Dan Le Batard as to whether he and James would be back with the team next year.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

LeBron Gives Up Worrying About Miami's Rhythm Entering Playoffs

LeBron James wanted the Miami Heat to find a consistent rhythm before the playoffs, but now his goal is for the team to simply be as healthy as possible.

“I worried about it before, but at this point it’s something you can’t control," said James. "You go out and whoever has a uniform, that’s who you roll with, and you wait for the other guys to get ready.”

Erik Spoelstra used his 19th different starting lineup on Monday.

“You want to have a rhythm going into the playoffs,” James said. “I’ve always wanted to have a rhythm going into the playoff with the lineups and the flow, but this is a different season. This season is very different than any other I’ve been a part of. So, you take it as it is.”

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

LeBron: 10-Year, $300M Contract Would Be Nice

LeBron James was understandably impressed by the 10-year, $292 million contract signed by Miguel Cabrera with the Detroit Tigers.

James will earn $19 million this season with the Miami Heat, tied with Chris Bosh for the ninth-highest salary in the NBA.

"I said 'wow,' " James said. "I wish we (the NBA) didn't have a salary cap."

James would undoubtedly make at least three times his salary if there wasn't a salary cap, as playing below his actual value helps support the NBA's middle class of players.

"He's the best player in baseball, and the best players in each sport should be rewarded," James said. "It'd be nice to sign a 10-year deal worth $300 million."

James hasn't decided if he'll opt out of his contract yet, but he did say he would if he could sign that type of deal.

"I would do it this summer for sure," James said with a smile. "I'd opt out for that."

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron Signaling He Wants More Help With Wade Out 25 Percent Of Season

LeBron James has averaged 39 points over his six most recent games without Dwyane Wade.

The Miami Heat have been strategically resting Wade this season to make sure he's as healthy as possible for the playoffs, and he's sat out 19 games to date.

The burden has fallen on James to do more in the regular season and he's "put out signals all year he wants more help," writes Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel. James has brought up how much the Heat miss Mike Miller, who was amnestied.

James realizes that the Heat more importantly need Wade for the playoffs, but being required to carry the team so heavily during the regular season is clearly wearing on him.

James made a point of saying "I'm active" twice during his pre-game talk before Monday's game.

Via Dave Hyde/Sun Sentinel

Miami Heat Archives

Chris Bosh: 'We Suck, There's No Passion'

LeBron James added the Heat are making "too many excuses."

Heat Assign Justin Hamilton To Skyforce

Justin Hamilton averaged 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.03 blocks, 1.5 assists and 35.8 minutes for the Skyforce.

LeBron Sits With Backs Spasms

Michael Beasley started for the Heat in place of LeBron James.

LeBron: 'Impossible' To Take Mind Off Season, Think About Free Agency

LeBron James can become a free agent in the offseason.

Carmelo Favorites Tweet About LeBron Joining Him With Knicks

The report from IActAFool.com hardly seems credible or newsworthy, but Carmelo Anthony's response is certainly intriguing.

Heat To Keep Greg Oden In Regular Starting Lineup

The Heat have had success over the past two seasons playing a small-ball style, so the presence of Greg Oden is a dramatic change in strategy.

Source: LeBron Would Have Never Considered Knicks Before Jackson Hire

Executives of the Heat are not convinced LeBron James will stay though they believe in their "heart of hearts" that he will re-sign.

Justin Hamilton Signs Two-Year Deal With Heat

Justin Hamilton signed a two-year contract with the Heat containing certain guarantee dates for next season, a league source told RealGM.

Heat Sign DeAndre Liggins To 2nd 10-Day Contract

The Heat have signed DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract.

LeBron Shooting 1-For-19 On Jumpers Since 61-Point Game

LeBron James has struggled with his shot in the two games since scoring 61 points on Monday.

LeBron, Griffin Named NBA Players Of The Month For February

LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA Players of the Month for February.

LeBron James Set New Career High With 61 Points

LeBron James shot 22-for-33 from the floor, 8-for-10 from three and 9-for-12 from the line in 41 minutes.

McHale, Spoelstra Named Coaches Of The Month For February

Kevin McHale and Erik Spoelstra have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for February.

Riley: Heat's Big Three Of James, Wade, Bosh 'Can Only Get Better'

Pat Riley made it clear that they LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all in the right place.

Caron Butler Picks Thunder Over Heat

Caron Butler has agreed to sign with the Thunder.

Granger Having Thursday Calls With Spurs, Clippers, Heat, Rockets, Bulls

Danny Granger is expected to sign with the Clippers or Spurs.

Scout: Bosh Remains Same Guy He Was With Raptors, Except Better Shooter

The value of Chris Bosh often gets lost for the Heat with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade receiving so much more attention.

Carmelo: A Lot Of Things Will Be Considered In Free Agency

Carmelo Anthony will be a free agent this offseason and was asked on Thursday how the Knicks' disappointing 13-14 season will factor into his decision.

Caron Butler, Bucks Reach Agreement On Buyout; Heat, Thunder Deemed Favorites

The Thunder, Heat, Spurs and Bulls will pursue Caron Butler.

LeBron: Free Agency Issue Easier This Season Than 2010

LeBron James will likely become a free agent this offseason, but the experience has been easier than the 09-10 season when he was with the Cavaliers.
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