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Hassan Whiteside To Meet With Heat, Mavs, Blazers In New York

Jun 30, 2016 4:52 PM

Hassan Whiteside will hold three meetings in New York as he explores his free agency options.

Whiteside will meet with the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers.

Whiteside reportedly will not meet with the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks are emerging as frontrunners to sign Whiteside with the incumbent Heat losing ground.

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Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Longtime Friend: Kevin Durant's Decision '90 Percent Made'

Jun 30, 2016 3:40 PM

Kevin Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder for at least one more season.

Durant will meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

“His decision is 90 percent made. It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it,” said one of Durant’s longtime friends.

Another Durant colleague said, “It’s going to take some sweet-talking to get him to pass up all the money he can get by staying in OKC.”

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan To Meet With Raptors In Los Angeles On July 1st

Jun 30, 2016 1:31 PM

The Toronto Raptors have been granted the first meeting in free agency with DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan will meet with the Raptors in Los Angeles on July 1st. DeRozan would like to re-sign with the Raptors.

DeRozan could meet with the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers if he's unable to agree upon terms with the Raptors.

DeRozan is a free agent for the first time in his career.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors, Spurs Interested In Timofey Mozgov

Jun 30, 2016 1:10 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams interested in signing Mozgov.

Mozgov had an excellent 14-15 season after coming over to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Denver Nuggets, but he struggled to get all the way healthy in 15-16 after offseason knee surgery.

The Cavs primarily used Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye at the center spot in the playoffs.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat To Pitch Free Agents On Progress Made By Chris Bosh Returning To Court

Jun 30, 2016 12:09 PM

Chris Bosh is making progress in his recovery from recurring blood clots, according to a source.

Bosh and the Miami Heat continue to work toward having him ready for the start of training camp.

Pat Riley will tout the potential return of Bosh as part of Miami's pitch to free agents.

Neither Bosh nor the Heat have said publicly where Bosh is in his recovery or whether he has continued a regimen of blood-thinning medication.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

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

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Jamal Crawford To Meet With Clippers, Magic, Heat, Mavs, Knicks

Jun 29, 2016 1:38 PM

Jamal Crawford will meet with the Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks in free agency.

Crawford has said this offseason that his preference is to re-sign the Clippers.

Crawford is coming off a four-year, $25 million deal with the Clippers.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Jamal Crawford, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Erik Spoelstra, Heat Progressing On Extension

Jun 29, 2016 1:22 AM

The Miami Heat and Erik Spoelstra are progressing on a contract extension.

Spoelstra is entering the final season of his contract in 16-17.

Spoelstra is the second-longest active tenured coach with one team, behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.

The Heat have won two titles under Spoelstra and have remained competitive without LeBron James.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Prepared To Discuss Contract With Rival Teams

Jun 29, 2016 1:07 AM

Dwyane Wade is prepared to consider offers from rival teams after initial contract discussions with the Miami Heat on a new contract have failed to produce common ground.

The Heat and Wade had several contentious weeks last year before they agreed on a one-year, $20 million deal for this past season.

At the end of the season, Wade said he hoped negotiations with the Heat would go more smoothly this summer.

"I hope that everything is quiet and works out the way I want it to," Wade said. "But I have no control over that, as much as people might think. It's a lot of moving parts in free agency. I'm not worried about it."

Miami has approximately $40 million in cap space and must use it to re-sign Hassan Whiteside as they don't earn his full Bird rights.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Interested In Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford

Jun 28, 2016 8:15 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers' top priority in free agency is Kevin Durant but they are also interested in Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside and Al Horford.

The Lakers have enough cap space to sign multiple max contract players.

Los Angeles also hired Luke Walton as head coach and they feel he and their young players make for an attractive situation to prospective free agents as they try to turnaround after multiple seasons of a rebuild.

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Tags: Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork

Jun 27, 2016 11:17 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Teams meeting with Durant feel like they're laying the groundwork for his 2017 offseason as they anticipate that probable outcome.

The Thunder nearly reached The Finals in 2016 and the ability for Durant to re-sign on a short-term deal and then take a longer view when Russell Westbrook is also a free agent is appealing.

Even if Durant left the Thunder in free agency this summer, he would look for a one-plus-one contract in order to maximize his salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hassan Whiteside Focused On 'Best Situation' More Than 'Loyalty'
Hassan Whiteside hopes to quickly make a decision when free agency opens on July 1st.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside
The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Mavericks Targeting Hassan Whiteside, Mike Conley As Top Priorities
Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley are both expected to command maximum contracts, prices that sources say the Mavs are prepared to pay.

Tim MacMahon, Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron James Explains 'Secret Motivation' Remark About Miami
While LeBron James didn't name anyone specifically, it is widely believed to be Pat Riley.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Deadspin)

Woj: Franchises On LeBron James' Free Agency Watch Again
LeBron James will be a free agent again this offseason and Adrian Wojnarowski suggests he could consider leaving the Cavaliers this offseason should they win a title.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Keith Smart Joins Grizzlies As Assistant Coach
Keith Smart was previously a head coach with the Warriors and Kings.

Marc Stein, Marc J. Spears/ESPN

LeBron James Has Tried To Bring Heat Culture To Cavaliers
LeBron James was taken aback by the lack of professionalism he found when returning to Cleveland.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Heat Will Try To Persuade Hassan Whiteside To Take Less Than Max
Miami will have to use cap space to sign Hassan Whiteside.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Grizzlies Offer Head Coaching Job To David Fizdale
David Fizdale is currently an assistant coach with the Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

David Fizdale Progresses To 2nd Round Of Interviews With Grizzlies
David Fizdale has progressed to an interview with Robert Pera after his first interview with the Grizzlies.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Miami's Top Priority Is To Get Meeting With Kevin Durant
The Heat are limited in how they can pursue Kevin Durant while re-signing Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade where it would be virtually impossible.

Dan Le Betard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Miami's Top Offseason Priority Is Re-Signing Hassan Whiteside
The Heat need to use their cap space to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

Heat Fear Chris Bosh May Be Forced Into Medical Retirement
Chris Bosh's salary would come off Miami's salary cap in the summer of 2017 if he doesn't return.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Heat Rule Out Hassan Whiteside For Game 7
Hassan Whiteside has been listed as day-to-day by the Heat.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

DeMarre Carroll, Luol Deng Leave Game 5 With Wrist Injuries
DeMarre Carroll's x-rays were negative while Luol Deng's were "inconclusive" and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Hassan Whiteside In Walking Boot, Knee Brace
Erik Spoelstra said "it's way too early to tell" how long Hassan Whiteside will be out.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade Didn't Intend Disrespect Shooting During 'O Canada'
Dwyane Wade received criticism on social media from Raptors fans and some media members who questioned his decision to take shots while the anthem was played.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

Hassan Whiteside Day-To-Day With Sprained MCL
The Heat did not reveal the extent of the injury and a timetable for Hassan Whiteside's return is unknown.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today