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Hornets Keeping Lance Stephenson 'For Now'

With a dearth of quality trade offers, the Charlotte Hornets are keeping Lance Stephenson "for now," according to sources.

Stephenson has had a problematic start to his tenure with the Hornets after signing a three-year, $27 million contract.

The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Stephenson.

The Hornets also feel Stephenson's lingering groin injury has prevented him from being at 100 percent this season. The Hornets want to rest Stephenson, let him heal and see if he can either fit in with Charlotte or re-establish his trade value.

Via Chris Broussard, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception

The Miami Heat will apply to the NBA for a disabled-player exception to help replace Josh McRoberts, who is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Under NBA rules, if McRoberts' injury is deemed by an independent NBA physician to be deemed season ending, the Heat then would receive half of McRoberts' 2014-15 salary for a replacement player, either through a trade or free-agent signing.

A $2.65 million amount can only be used in a trade for a player in the final year of his contract or in a one-year offer to a free agent. 

Via Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Shabazz Napier, Hassan Whiteside Recalled To Heat

The Miami Heat recalled guard Shabazz Napier and center Hassan Whiteside from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, on Monday.

Napier appeared in one game with the Skyforce recording 22 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 30:39 minutes. He has appeared in 23 games with the HEAT this season averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 21.4 minutes while shooting 42.9 percent from the field.

Whiteside appeared in one game with the Skyforce and posted a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double while blocking four shots and dishing out two assists in 26:02 minutes of action.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Josh McRoberts To Undergo Possible Season-Ending Surgery For Meniscus Tear

Josh McRoberts will undergo surgery for a right lateral meniscus tear and will be out indefinitely, the Miami Heat announced on Monday.

McRoberts' surgery is possibly season ending.

McRoberts signed a free agent deal with the Heat in the offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chris Bosh Could Miss Several Weeks With Strained Calf

Chris Bosh could be out for a few weeks with a strained calf injury.

Bosh isn't sure when the injury occurred. 

Bosh hadn't missed a game this season until Sunday, and he pointed to simple "wear and tear" as a possible reason for the strain.

If he tries to play through the injury, he said it could worsen and "the muscle could tear away from the bone."

"It's disappointing," Bosh said. "Usually you know when something gives and you kind of feel it over the course of a game and you can point to a specific play when you felt something tweak, or whatever, but unfortunately that didn't happen for me. I guess it's a wear and tear thing. It kind of sprung up on me, and you just have to deal with the tough times right now."

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Jimmy Butler Credits Mentorship Of Deng For Development

Jimmy Butler credits the mentorship of Luol Deng for his development this season.

The Chicago Bulls traded Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and Butler has since become Tom Thibodeau's most indispensible two-way player.

"It's crazy how everything works," Butler said. "Lu is the main one who always told me to be ready and keep working on my game and be confident. He told me I belonged here. Stuff like that goes a long way and that's stuff that everybody doesn't see and hear. Lu is a key part to me keeping my head into the game.

"He taught me a lot of the stuff I'm doing now. He always had confidence in me. I miss that guy."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Heat Assign Shabazz Napier, Hassan Whiteside To Sioux Falls

 The Miami Heat have assigned both guard Shabazz Napier and center Hassan Whiteside to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Napier has appeared in 23 games with the HEAT this season averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 21.4 minutes while shooting 42.9 percent from the field.

Whiteside, who was signed by Miami on November 24, has appeared in three games with the HEAT this season totaling six points, four rebounds and a block in nine minutes of action while shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the field.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Luol Deng Likely To Miss Time With Swelling In Hand

Luol Deng is likely to miss some time due to ongoing swelling in his right hand.

Deng said he has bone bruises on the thumb and index finger.

X-rays came back negative Wednesday, but because of ongoing swelling, a possible MRI has been delayed, leaving Deng uncertain of his timetable.

Deng was injured during the first half of Wednesday's home loss to the Atlanta Hawks when called for a charge.

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat Assign Andre Dawkins To D-League

The Miami Heat have assigned Andre Dawkins to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, the team announced on Wednesday.

Dawkins made the Heat's regular season roster out of training camp this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wade: Never Doubt Pat Riley

The Miami Heat don't appear to be championship contenders, but they've done well to remain a relevant playoff team after the loss of LeBron James.

“Never doubt Pat Riley,” Dwyane Wade said. “And never doubt Micky Arison. They’ve done it before. They’ll do it again.”

The Heat currently are fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 9-7 record with a 7-4 mark within their own conference.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Miami Heat Archives

Heat Sign Hassan Whiteside, Waive Shannon Brown

Hassan Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League this season.

Heat To Sign Hassan Whiteside

The Heat are signing Hassan Whiteside out of the NBA D-League.

Bosh Didn't Want 'Pressure' Of Joining Another Big 3 With Rockets

Chris Bosh had just spent the past four seasons perceived as the third best player in a Big 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Dwyane Wade Misses First Game Of Season With Hamstring Injury

Dwyane Wade missed 28 games last season, nine of which with a similar hamstring injury.

Heat Using Same Principles On Offense Without LeBron

The Heat rank fifth in offense to start the season, a surprising start considering they're adapting to life without LeBron James.

Chris Bosh, Klay Thompson Named NBA Players Of Week

Chris Bosh averaged 25.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in leading the Heat to a 3-0 start.

Wade: Maintenance Program Was 'Close To Almost Genius'

Dwyane Wade played in just 54 regular season games as part of a designed maintenance program.

Bosh: Only Volume Of Touches This Season Similar To Time With Raptors

Chris Bosh accepted a more complementary role during his first four seasons with the Heat due to the presence of LeBron James.

Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with Rockets, but decided to remain with the Heat.

Heat Sign Larry Drew II

Larry Drew II averaged 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field last seaso nin the D-League.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

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

Heat Waive Reggie Williams, Chris Johnson

The Heat's roster now stands at 18.

Bosh: Transition Playing With LeBron Will Be Difficult For Love

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

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.

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton 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.

Bosh, LeBron Haven't Spoken Since Departure

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

Heat Anticipate Keeping Cap Flexibility For 2016

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

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

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

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.
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