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Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

"I still had to finish conversations with the Heat," Bosh said of those hectic hours on July 11, when he handled his negotiations by phone from Africa, where he was on a vacation and promotional tour. "Everybody was aware, all parties were aware. It was always continuing conversations. I never made any commitments. I never wanted to put anybody in the position to make them feel like I said something and I reneged on the whole thing. So I just kept it open.

"LeBron (James) made his choice and then that kind of cleared things up, as far as negotiations are concerned."

Bosh had spoken with management and players on the Rockets.

"I talked to everybody," he said. "I like to get a feel for everybody, feel them out, see what they're thinking and just hear it from them."

Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat.

"It's always business," he said. "Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.

"It's not always about money," Bosh said. "But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Heat Sign Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II.

Drew appeared in 11 games (two starts) with the Heat during the 2014 Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues and averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.55 steals and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. 

He spent the 2013-14 season with Miami’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them to a postseason berth after appearing in 41 regular season games (36 starts) and averaging 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the foul line.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Waive Reggie Williams, Chris Johnson

The Miami Heat have waived center Chris Johnson and guard Reggie Williams.

Johnson appeared in one game in preseason totaling one rebound, one assist and a block in six minutes of action.

Williams did not appear in a game with Miami.

The Heat's roster now stands at 18.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bosh: Transition Playing With LeBron Will Be Difficult For Love

Chris Bosh went from first option with the Toronto Raptors to third option with the Miami Heat, which was a difficult transition as an offensive player.

Kevin Love will undergo a similar transition this season in joining LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Yeah, it's a lot more difficult taking a step back, because you're used to doing something a certain way and getting looks a certain way," Bosh said recently. "And then it's like, well, no, for the benefit of the team, you have to get it here.

"So even if you do like the left block, the volume of the left block is going to be different. Now you have to make those moves count. So with me, it was like a chess game. I'm doing this move and thinking about the next move and trying to stay five moves ahead. You're not getting it as much. If you got one or two a game, it's a lot different."

Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in his final season with the Wolves, which compares to Bosh's 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds with the Raptors in 09-10.

"It's going to be very difficult for him," Bosh said of Love's new task. "Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn't make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It's extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He's going to have to deal with that."

Via Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

LeBron Felt 'Uncomfortable' Being In Same Room As Riley At Wade's Wedding

LeBron James told friends that he felt uncomfortable having to share the room with Pat Riley during Dwyane Wade's wedding over the summer.

James likely had similar feelings with Micky Arison and Erik Spoelstra in the room as well.

James flew to Wade's wedding in August to support his former teammate, despite many of Miami's front office and players in attendance and his departure to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Southeast Division with Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) and Patrick Minton (@nbageek) of BoxScoreGeeks.com. 

They talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets. as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bosh, LeBron Haven't Spoken Since Departure

Chris Bosh hasn't spoken with LeBron James since the offseason in which the latter left the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Heat and Cavaliers meet on Saturday in Brazil.

"Yeah ... I don't know."

"I'm in the mode where I'm trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here," he said. 

"If guys aren't in this locker room, I don't have much time for them -- if any."

The Heat's first "real" game against James and the Cavaliers is scheduled for Christmas Day.

Bosh said he's focused on his teammates in the present.

"Everybody's going to hype it up, and it's going to be a big deal,'' Bosh said. "But for us, it's just another opportunity to get better. We know everything that's surrounding the situation, and it is what it is. As far as we're concerned, this is our team, this is what we're trying to build toward, the past is the past, we're moving on, and it's good to get this out of the way.''

Via ESPN

Heat Anticipate Keeping Cap Flexibility For 2016

The Miami Heat agreed upon just two contracts that run past the 2016 offseason with their deals for Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts.

While several Heat players, including Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Danny Granger have opt-out clauses for the 2015 offseason, Pat Riley indicated the focus is on 2016 and the infusion of significant salary-cap space throughout the NBA.

"It could be next year," Riley said of a possible Heat overhaul. "They could opt out next year and we could be in the game next year."

But asked if he specifically would cut into the team's potential 2016 cap space, Riley said, "No. I don't think we will."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

Dwyane Wade sat out 28 games last season for the Miami Heat as part of a planned maintenance program to ease fatigue on his troublesome knees.

But Wade doesn't plan on following that same type of schedule again this season.

"Last year, we tried something and I wasn't comfortable with it, either," said Wade.

The Heat reached the Finals, but lost in five games to the San Antonio Spurs.

"It almost worked. It was this close, three games from it working," Wade said. "But it's a different year."

Miami will need Wade to play a bigger role throughout the season with LeBron James no longer on the club.

"My goal is to be available every day for my teammates and see what that equals out to," said Wade. "Hopefully it equals out to success for myself, individually, but for our team."

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Miami Heat Archives

Justin Hamilton Undergoes Procedure For Atrial Flutter

Justin Hamilton experienced light-headedness during practice

LeBron Was Disappointed By Miami's Decision To Amnesty Mike Miller

The decision by the Heat in the 2013 offseason to amnesty Mike Miller drew the ire of LeBron James.

Norris Cole 'Ready' To Start For Heat

Pat Riley identified Mario Chalmers as the Miami Heat's starting point guard in the offseason.

Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry For Racial Comments

Luol Deng wants to move on from the unfortunate situation of Danny Ferry's racial remarks directed toward him during free agency.

LeBron Admits 'Greater Chance' He Stayed With Heat If They Won 13-14 Championship

LeBron James admitted in an interview with Rachel Nichols on CNN's "Unguarded" that he was more likely to stay with the Heat if they had won the 2014 title against the Spurs.

Bosh Spent Offseason Refreshing Post Game For Increased Inside Presence

Chris Bosh refreshed his interior game during the offseason.

Phil Weber Hired As Head Coach Of Sioux Falls Skyforce

Prior to joining the Heat as a consultant, Phil Weber worked as an assistant coach for the Knicks (2008-12) and Suns (1999-2008).

Heat Hire Keith Smart, Chris Quinn For Coaching Staff

The Heat have hired Keith Smart as assistant coach and Chris Quinn as assistant coach/player development.

Mario Chalmers Didn't Expect Heat To Re-Sign Him

Mario Chalmers did not expect to return to the Heat as a free agent.

Heat To 'Tweak' System, Gamble Less On Defense

The Heat lost LeBron James in the offseason and have also made some key changes to their coaching staff, which will result in a vastly different identity.

Heat Sign Khem Birch

Khem Birch averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field in Summer League.

Luol Deng 'Saddened', 'Disappointed', 'Disturbed' By Comments

Luol Deng released the following statement Tuesday in response to remarks made about him by the front office of the Hawks.

Zoran Dragic In Talks With Heat, Spurs, Mavericks, Magic

Zoran Dragic informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Ferry's Comments About Deng Initiated Inquiry Into Hawks' Owner

The racial reference to Luol Deng triggered at least one team owner on the call to pursue an independent investigation into how the organization operated in regard to race.

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Heat, Spurs, Bulls, Kings

Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday, according to sources.

Julyan Stone Visiting Lakers For Second Time; Workouts Scheduled With Cavs, Clippers, Heat

Julyan Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Heat, sources said.

Andre Dawkins Signing Camp Contract With Heat

Andre Dawkins has agreed to a training camp deal with the Heat, league sources told RealGM.

Heat To Reassign Ron Rothstein, Bob McAdoo

Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on Erik Spoelstra's staff and could leave the bench altogether.

Nazr Mohammed Meets With Heat

Nazr Mohammed worked out and met with the Heat on Thursday.

Leandro Barbosa Agrees To One-Year Deal With Warriors

Leandro Barbosa has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Warriors for the veteran minimum.
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