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Heat Hire Shane Battier As Director of Basketball Development & Analytics

Feb 16, 2017 4:11 PM

The Miami Heat announced have hired Shane Battier as the Director of Basketball Development & Analytics. His duties will include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players.

“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our Heat program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” said Pat Riley. “He embodies everything that we are looking for in our players and staff. We feel he will help us tremendously with his experience and knowledge of the game. Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the front office of the Miami Heat,” said Battier. “I look forward to working with the Arison family, learning from a Hall of Fame executive in Pat Riley, General Manager Andy Elisburg and of course my old coach, Erik Spoelstra. My goal, as is the entire organizations, is to bring another championship back to Miami.”

Battier, who played three seasons with the Heat, helped bring back-to-back NBA championships, three Eastern Conference Championships and three division titles to Miami over that span.

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Magic Ramp Up Trade Talks On Serge Ibaka

Feb 12, 2017 6:00 PM

Serge Ibaka could be traded by the Orlando Magic before this month's deadline.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Magic are fielding calls from a handful of teams on Ibaka after realizing re-signing him will be tougher than initially expected.

The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat are among the teams that have expressed interest in Ibaka.

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Heat Intrigued By Serge Ibaka

Feb 9, 2017 1:47 PM

Serge Ibaka is on the radar of the Miami Heat.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the Orlando Magic are willing to consider offers. It is unclear whether the Heat have the assets Orlando would want in exchange for Ibaka. The Magic acquired Ibaka last June from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova.

Ibaka has averaged 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and shot 38.6 percent on threes.

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Heat Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To 10-Day Contract

Feb 8, 2017 8:26 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Marcus Georges-Hunt to a 10-day contract. 

Georges-Hunt, a 2017 NBA Development League All-Star, has appeared in 32 games (27 starts) with the Maine Red Claws this season averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.03 steals and 36.7 minutes while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three-point range and 86.1 percent from the foul line. He leads the NBA D-League in minutes (1,176) and among team leaders he ranks first in assists (133), second in rebounds (184), steals (32) and free throws made (118) and third in points (524) and field goals made (177).

Georges-Hunt was originally signed by the Boston Celtics on August 17 after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

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Heat To Release Derrick Williams, Sign Okaro White To Two-Year Deal

Feb 6, 2017 11:41 AM

The Miami Heat will release Derrick Williams to sign Okaro White to a two-year deal.

White is averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over nine games with the Heat. White was previously playing for Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.

Williams signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Heat in the offseason.

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Dion Waiters, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Jan 30, 2017 3:36 PM

Dion Waiters and DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Waiters led the Heat to a perfect 4-0 record for the week, helping to extend the NBA’s current longest winning streak to seven games, after averaging 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. 

Cousins led the Kings to a 3-1 record, averaging 27.8 points (.444 FG%, .267 3PT%, .675 FT%) , 14.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 36.1 minutes per game.

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Heat Re-Sign Okaro White To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jan 27, 2017 1:42 PM

The Miami Heat have re-signed Okaro White to a second 10-day contract.

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 while shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field, 40 percent (2-of-5) from three-point range and a perfect 3-of-3 from the foul line.

Earlier this season, White appeared in 23 games (all starts) for the HEAT’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and averaged 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.09 steals and 33.0 minutes while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 86 percent from the foul line. He helped the Skyforce to a division best 16-5 record while ranking second on the team in points (424), rebounds (201), field goals made (144), three-point field goals made (38) and free throws made (98).

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Magic Offer Nikola Vucevic, First Rounder To Heat For Goran Dragic

Jan 20, 2017 12:02 PM

The Orlando Magic attempted to engage the Miami Heat recently on a trade for Goran Dragic. Miami has been open to considering trade offers for Dragic as they rebuild.

Orlando offered Nikola Vucevic and a future first round pick for Dragic.

With Miami already having Hassan Whiteside signed long-term, they don't have a need for another center in Vucevic.

Dragic can become a free agent in 2019 though he's signed through 2020.

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Bulls Planning Pursuit Of Chris Bosh

Jan 20, 2017 11:40 AM

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

The Miami Heat are not expected to waive Bosh until after March 1st to make sure he's not playoff-eligible for another team.

Bosh's playing career future remains uncertain due to his issues with blood clots. Bosh himself is unsure of what the future holds.

Bosh could reunite with Dwyane Wade if he joins the Bulls.

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Heat Sign Okaro White To 10-Day Contract

Jan 17, 2017 12:49 PM

The Miami Heat have signed Okaro White to a 10-day contract.

White has appeared in 23 games (all starts) for Miami's NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, this season averaging 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.09 steals and 33.0 minutes while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 86 percent from the foul line. He has helped the Skyforce to a division best 16-5 record while ranking second on the team in points (424), rebounds (201), field goals made (144), three-point field goals made (38) and free throws made (98).

White, who was originally signed by the Heat on July 15, 2016, previously appeared in six preseason games with Miami earlier this season and averaged 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 9.5 minutes. Additionally, he appeared in five games with Miami’s Summer League team in Las Vegas this past summer and averaged 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.00 steals.

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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.

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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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Hassan Whiteside Not Paying Attention To Trade Rumors
The future of Hassan Whiteside with the Heat is uncertain just a few months after signing a long-term, four-year, $98 million deal in the offseason.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Asking For Too Much For Goran Dragic For Serious Trade Talks To Form
Goran Dragic is in Year 2 of a five-year, $90 million contract with the Heat.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat Apply For $1.3M Disabled Player Exception
The exception can be utilized on a free agent for a salary of up to $1.3 million for the balance of the season, or acquiring a player in the final year of a contract valued at $1.3 million or less.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Chris Bosh 'Getting Taste Of Retirement' Away From Game
Chris Bosh remains undecided about what his future holds as he's remained sidelined since February due to complications related to blood clots.

ESPN

Justise Winslow Likely Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery
Justise Winslow will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

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Heat Confirm Extension For Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra became head coach of the Heat in 08-09.

ESPN

Josh McRoberts Out Indefinitely With Stress Fracture In Left Foot
Josh McRoberts has had a cycle of injuries since joining the Heat in 2014.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Goran Dragic Sits With Back Spasms
It is Goran Dragic's third injury absence of the season.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Goran Dragic, Heat Open To Pursuing Trade Scenarios
Teams that have sought discussions with the Heat on Goran Dragic have found them to be open to offers.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Hassan Whiteside Believes He Needs More Touches
Hassan Whiteside played 47 minutes and took 22 shots, both team-highs in the game.

AP

NBA Creating Medical Panel To Settle Life-And-Death Cases
When a player is declared medically "unfit" to play, his case can be referred to the panel by his team, by the league or by the players association.

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Hassan Whiteside Clarifies Comments About DeAndre Jordan
Hassan Whiteside insisted he was comparing his situation to DeAndre Jordan playing with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Hope Justise Winslow Won't Need Offseason Surgery On Wrist
Justise Winslow still hasn't participated in a full 5-on-5 practice and has been wearing a brace for several weeks.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Chris Bosh More Likely To Wait Until 17-18 For NBA Return
Chris Bosh has two additional seasons remaining on his contract with the Heat that he signed in 2014 as a free agent.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Hassan Whiteside Considered Blazers 2nd Option In Free Agency
Hassan Whiteside quickly signed with the Heat but he also had interest in the Blazers.

Erik Garcia Gundersen/Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade: I Definitely Had To Change My Game More Than LeBron
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James didn't have a conversation about how their respective games would change before they decided to join forces.

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Justise Winslow To Work With Heat Shooting Coach While Not With Team
Justise Winslow will work with the shooting coach of the Heat while he's left behind on their road trip to let his sore left wrist heal.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat To Retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 Jersey
The Heat will retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey in a special halftime ceremony on December 22nd against the Lakers.

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