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Dwyane Wade: Leaving Heat For Bulls Was Decision 'Solely For Me'

Jul 29, 2016 3:25 PM

Dwyane Wade had his introductory press conference with the Chicago Bulls in which he explained his decision to leave the Miami Heat.

“I have no rift with Pat Riley," said Wade. "This year, the direction of that organization was a little different than it was in years past."

Wade was offered a two-year, $40 million deal by the Heat.

"I had a contract offer from Miami. It was my decision to be selfish and live out a dream of mine," said Wade. "This was a decision solely for me. It has nothing to do with Pat Riley or Micky Arison."

"I wanted to be a part of building this organization back up," said Wade about the Bulls. 

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Dion Waiters Agrees To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Heat

Jul 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Dion Waiters has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat on a two-year, $6 million deal. Waiters will hold a player option in Year 2.

The Heat can sign Waiters with their Room MLE.

Waiters could have previously signed the $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Thunder at any point until it was withdrawn on July 18th.

Several teams expressed interest in Waiters at the start of free agency but expected the Thunder to match an offer sheet.

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Chris Bosh Believes He Should Be Cleared To Play

Jul 25, 2016 11:13 AM

The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh have discussed whether he should come off blood thinners or continue to take them.

If Bosh comes off the medication, there's no reason why he couldn't return to game action.

Bosh has tried to convince the Heat in the past that he can play while on blood thinners as a new medication he's taking would be out of his system in eight to 12 hours by game-time.

The Heat rejected the idea last season which angered Bosh, who has had blood clots in consecutive seasons.

If Miami continues to fight Bosh on playing, he could take up his case with the players union. Bosh wants to play and believes he should be cleared.

If Bosh doesn’t play a single game this upcoming season, his $25.2 million salary for 2017-18 and $26.8 million for 2018-19 would be cleared this summer from Miami’s cap only if “a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association agree his condition is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing.”

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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

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Juwan Howard Influenced To Pursue Coaching By David Fizdale

Jul 24, 2016 10:36 AM

Juwan Howard expected to pursue a front office career after his retirement from the NBA until he was influenced by David Fizdale.

“It came towards the end of my career when I joined the Heat. David Fizdale is one of the guys who inspired and talked me into coaching,” Howard said. “I’m always going to point the finger at him. At first my mind-set was built on working in the front office, being a scout, and building my way up.

“I had a great conversation one time. Coach Fitzdale came to my house and we had a drink of wine and we were talking and he felt like this team needed me. He felt also the way I grabbed the respect from the guys in the locker room and the leadership qualities and also my knowledge and experience from the game of basketball, that it would be needed on his staff.”

Howard decided he wanted to coach and is now an assistant with the Miami Heat.

“I couldn’t turn that offer down and I have the bug because of him and learning from a guy like [Spoelstra], one of the best coaches in the NBA,” Howard said. “He doesn’t win championships by mistake, obviously he’s doing something right. This is one of the most bright individuals I’ve ever met and that is a fact.”

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Gerald Green Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics

Jul 23, 2016 11:33 AM

Gerald Green has agreed to a guaranteed one-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

Green was the 18th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Green played for eight different franchises and spent two years abroad in Russia before reestablishing himself with the Suns in 13-14. Green spent last season with the Heat.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

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Pat Riley Admits Regret Over Dwyane Wade's Departure

Jul 16, 2016 7:56 PM

Pat Riley already regrets the departure of Dwyane Wade from the Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls.

"What happened with Dwyane floored me," Riley said. "I'm going to miss the fact of what I might have had planned for him and his future and how I saw the end and my thought process in how I could see his end here with the Heat. ... It's my responsibility to sort of make that happen. I didn't make it happen. Dwyane left, and the buck stops here."

Wade admitted that a "business" rift with Riley played a big role in his decision to sign with the Bulls.

Riley admitted that he was not as involved in the negotiation process as he needed to be in order to retain Wade.

"I have great regret I didn't put myself in the middle of it and immerse myself in the middle of it and get in a canoe and paddle to the Mediterranean if I had to, be in New York when he arrived on the 6th and greet him at the airport," Riley said. "I wasn't there in the middle of the negotiation, and that's my job. It's not going to be the same without him. We will forge ahead."

Riley believes Wade's decision was not motivated by money.

"That is where we both failed ... I more than he, because he's the asset, he's the star, he's the face of the franchise,'' Riley said. "I should have done everything that I could have verbally in trying to change his mindset to mine, a big picture, a better picture, or one that I thought would help him."

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Heat Sign Okaro White

Jul 15, 2016 8:23 PM

The Miami Heat have signed Okaro White. 

White, a 6’8”, 204-pound forward, is currently playing on Miami’s Summer League team in Las Vegas where he has appeared in five games averaging 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.00 steals. He has scored in double-figures three times, including a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double against Phoenix on July 12. Prior to that he competed in the Orlando Pro Summer League with the Magic, appearing in five games (two starts) and averaged 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.20 steals and 17.2 minutes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field. He led the team in rebounds (30) and finished second in blocks (4) and free throws made (12).

White spent last season with Aris B.C. of the Greek Basketball League appearing in 35 games (32 starts) and averaged 13.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.57 steals and 26.8 minutes while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. He was selected as the Greek Basketball Player of the Year and named to the All-Greek A1 League First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Imports Team.

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Beno Udrih In Talks With Heat

Jul 13, 2016 11:11 AM

The Miami Heat continue to discuss a contract with Beno Udrih.

Miami currently has 15 players on their roster with fully or partially guaranteed contracts.

Udrih was waived by the Heat in February to help them avoid the luxury tax.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Willie Reed, Heat Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 10, 2016 8:17 PM

Willie Reed has agreed upon a two-year deal with the Miami Heat.

The second season of Reed's deal with the Heat is a player option.

Reed averaged 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes over 426 minutes with the Brooklyn Nets last season. Reed also had a PER of 19.2

Reed has played in 145 career games in the D-League, averaging 15.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game.

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Heat Match Nets' Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Tyler Johnson

Jul 10, 2016 8:10 PM

The Miami Heat have matched the four-year, $50 million offer sheet Tyler Johnson signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

Johnson’s contract included $18 million-plus and $19 million-plus “poison pill” provisions in years three and four of the deal.

Johnson made $507,000 in his second NBA season for the Heat in 2015-16. 

Johnson was an undrafted D-League guard in 2015 and played in just 68 games over parts of two seasons. Johnson missed nearly three months this season because of shoulder surgery but returned in the playoffs for Miami.

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Udonis Haslem Agrees To One-Year, $4M Deal With Heat
Udonis Haslem intends on playing in 17-18 as well.

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

James Johnson, Heat Agree Upon One-Year, $4M Deal
James Johnson spent the past two seasons with the Raptors, averaging 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.2 minutes per game last season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Udonis Haslem, Heat Finalizing Deal
Udonis Haslem's minutes have declined substantially over the past few seasons.

Tim Reynolds/Associated Press

Wayne Ellington, Heat Agree Upon Two-Year, $12M Deal
Wayne Ellington is a career 37.6 percent shooter on three-pointers and shot 35.8 percent last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Derrick Williams, Heat Agree Upon One-Year, $5M Deal
Derrick Williams spent last season with the Knicks.

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Heat Interested In Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams is a free agent after spending last season with the New York Knicks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Pat Riley Never Called Dwyane Wade During Free Agency
Dan Le Batard reported that Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley's relationship was damaged by the end with Wade's allegiances to LeBron James.

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

Tyler Johnson Signs Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Nets
Tyler Johnson's deal includes $18 million-plus and $19 million, plus "poison pill" provisions, in years three and four of the deal.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees To Sign Two-Year, $47.5M With Bulls
The Bulls will send out contracts to create cap space to sign Dwyane Wade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Nearing Agreement With Bulls
Dwyane Wade is deciding between the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls Looking For Trade To Unload Salary To Fit Dwyane Wade Into Cap Space
The probable candidates for a trade are Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Heat Need To Attach Asset To Trade Josh McRoberts
A source says the Heat may not be able to move Josh McRoberts into another team's cap space without including a draft pick or Justise Winslow is included.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Dwyane Wade Meeting With Nuggets, Bulls, Bucks
There is no meeting set between Dwyane Wade and the Heat as of now.

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Heat Wanted To Pay Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade Equally At $18M Per Season In 2014
The Heat had offered approximately $7 million more than that to keep Chris Bosh, but were told his contract would have to be for the five-year max at $118 million.

Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

LeBron Factoring Into Wade's Contract Showdown With Heat
LeBron James is in a position to either make financial sacrifices to help the Cavaliers sign Dwyane Wade from the Heat, or merely help his friend with leverage on getting a richer deal.

Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Nuggets Offer Two-Year, $50M Contract To Dwyane Wade
The Heat are approximately $10 million short of Denver's offer to Dwyane Wade with a two-year, $40 million offer.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dwyane Wade Seeking Two-Year, $50M From Heat, Still Talking To Nuggets, Bulls
Both the Bulls and Nuggets can offer Dwyane Wade a more lucrative deal than the Heat.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dwyane Wade Cancels Free Agent Meetings
Dwyane Wade and the Heat continue to discuss a new contract after being offered a two-year, $40 million deal.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dwyane Wade Offered Two-Year, $40M Deal By Heat
Dwyane Wade has entertained offers from other teams while the Heat pursue Kevin Durant.

Dan Le Batard/ESPN

Kevin Durant Announces He'll Sign With Warriors
Kevin Durant took meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

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