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Heat Sign Luis Montero, Waive Keith Benson

Oct 18, 2016 5:08 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Luis Montero and waived Keith Benson. 

Montero appeared in 12 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season totaling 14 points, four rebounds and an assist in 42 minutes of action. He also appeared in six postseason games with Portland totaling eight points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 1-of-1 from the foul line. While on NBA Development League assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, Montero appeared in four games (all starts) and averaged 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.75 blocks, 1.50 steals and 28.3 minutes while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range and 78.3 percent from the foul line.

Benson, who was signed by the Heat on September 23, appeared in three preseason games with Miami averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.9 minutes of action.

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Heat Sign Vashil Fernandez, Waive Stefan Jankovic

Oct 17, 2016 1:26 PM

The Miami Heat have signed center Vashil Fernandez. 

Fernandez, the all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso University, played all four seasons with the Crusaders appearing in 131 games (85 starts) and averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.21 blocks and 19.8 minutes while shooting 54.8 percent from the field. As a senior, he led the NCAA in blocks per game (3.31) and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He finished his career with 289 blocks, surpassing the previous school record of 228 held by Raitis Grafs from 1999-2003, including 119 during his senior campaign, setting the school’s single-season block record, a record he held the previous season with 98 rejections.

Miami also waived Stefan Jankovic.

Jankovic appeared in one preseason game with the HEAT, totaling 3:40 minutes of action.

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Goran Dragic Refutes Notion He's Unhappy With Heat

Oct 14, 2016 6:38 PM

Goran Dragic refuted the characterization that he's upset with his situation with the Miami Heat now that Dwyane Wade has left the team in free agency and Chris Bosh almost certainly won't play for the team again.

"You're right," was Dragic's reply for the David Aldridge story posted on, continuing, "but the main thing is, I want to win games. Of course, I want to win the championship. But, how you say: you need to go one step back to go two steps forward."

Dragic cleared the air talking to the Miami media.

"That was miscommunicated," he said of how his words were taken by those other than Aldridge.

"He asked me that question: Didn't I sign to be part of a great team, championship team? I said, 'Yeah, of course.' Then I said sometimes your career, this is business, you cannot have every decision go the way you want it on your own. This is a team decision. Sometimes you need to do two steps back to go one step forward. I'm happy to be here. This is the team that I want to be here. But I understand this is business."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Wade: LeBron And I Liked Chicago Situation In 2010 Until Heat Could Also Fit Bosh

Oct 13, 2016 2:25 PM

Dwyane Wade said both he and LeBron James were interested in signing with the Chicago Bulls during the summer of 2010.

Wade said Chris Bosh changed the equation since the Miami Heat could accommodate the three of them.

"My eyes were here, LeBron's eyes were here," said Wade. "Miami put a monkey wrench in the plan when they could fit all 3 of us."

Wade said if the Bulls had traded away Luol Deng that summer, the trio could have joined a core of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

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LeBron James Wanted Cavs To Sign Dwyane Wade If Cap Space Were Available

Oct 13, 2016 10:47 AM

LeBron James confirmed he hoped the Cleveland Cavaliers would sign Dwyane Wade but that the team didn't have the means to sign him.

"We couldn't afford him," James said. "It's that simple."

James and Wade were teammates for four seasons with the Miami Heat and remain close friends.

Wade agreed upon a two-year, $47 million deal with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason. Cleveland could offer only the taxpayer midlevel exception, worth about $3.5 million.

"Who wouldn't be interested in a Hall of Famer?" Tyronn Lue said. "That don't even make sense. Yeah, we wanted him."

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Heat Expected To Delay Waiving Chris Bosh Until After Playoff Deadline

Oct 12, 2016 12:08 PM

The Miami Heat are currently expected to wait until after March 1st to waive Chris Bosh to ensure he is not eligible to play in the playoffs for any team that signs him.

Bosh's salary would then vanish from Miami's cap sheet and create massive cap space for Pat Riley in the 2017 offseason.

The Heat could use their cap space to sign free agents and then have Bosh's salary go back atop their cap number if he plays at least 25 games elsewhere in 17-18. If that scenario happens, Miami would be facing a serious luxury tax burden.

Miami has yet to find a solution that allows them to waive Bosh with financial certainty. 

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Heat, Kings Have Had 'Vague Trade Talks' Since July

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 PM

The Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings have had "some vague trade talks since July."

Goran Dragic could be a candidate to be moved by the Heat if they struggle as he may not match their timetable of contention as he's already 30. Sources say the discussions, however, haven't necessarily involved Dragic.

The Heat gave up two first round picks to acquire Dragic from the Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento has a huge need for an upgrade at point guard with Darren Collison and Ty Lawson on their depth chart.

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Chris Bosh Remains Committed To NBA Return

Oct 11, 2016 3:39 PM

Chris Bosh released the final video of his Uninterrupted series in which he confirmed he still will try to play in the NBA despite his ongoing blood clot condition.

“I’m going to try to play basketball,” Bosh said. “We’re going to go everywhere and do everything it takes to get back out there. If people can’t understand that, you don’t understand being a winner. I just choose to follow my dreams.”

Bosh will be paid the remaining $76 million owed to him by the Miami Heat whether he plays or not.

Bosh failed his physical with the Heat three weeks ago and Pat Riley subsequently announced it is unlikely he plays for the franchise again.

Bosh said playing basketball is “what I’ve been placed here to do. You really have to fight for the things you want to do and the things you really love. When does that stop?

“When we first started this whole process, with the filming of this, I had total confidence it was going to be routine. I would get my checkup and do my physical and we would be in camp. Unfortunately, with the news I found out yesterday I won’t be in Miami, I’m trying to figure things out. I’m just as confused as anybody else. I’ve been playing basketball my whole life. I feel I have so much more to give.

“People who see the money and see my situation and say, ‘Hey just walk away.’ I totally get it. I understand it. But I’m not really thinking about money. I’m thinking about where my heart is. I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living.”

Bosh then became introspective in the video.

“That’s the part that makes me confused,” he said. “It’s right there. All I have to do is leave. You will never hear from me. I will do other things and I’ll be fine, and that makes it confusing because I know where my heart is.

“I would feel like I would be giving up if I just walked away easily like that. I know the love for the children I have, the wife I have. I don’t want to disappoint them. But I also want my children to know daddy was a fighter and he didn’t give up very easily.”

“It’s kind of the thing: Am I on the right path? Am I on the wrong path because it’s hard? Am I on the right path because it’s hard? It’s really confusing because this is my livelihood and career we’re talking about. Our mentality as athletes and competitors as people is to defy the odds.”

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Chris Bosh Vows NBA Return, Critical Of Treatment From Pat Riley

Sep 30, 2016 7:43 PM

Chris Bosh has vowed to continue fighting to return to the NBA despite the decision of the Miami Heat to move on.

"I didn't see my career in Miami ending like this," Bosh said in the latest installment of his Rebuilt video series on the Uninterrupted digital network. "I didn't get a call or a text or anything like that. I mean, it's a business. We understand that. We always say those things. But if you say certain things to the person and you win championships and you have these moments, you don't want to find things out through the media."

The NBA medical staff last week agreed with the findings of the Heat physical that ruled out a Bosh return for training camp.

"That does not mean my NBA career is over," Bosh said of the Heat stance. "There's 29 other teams, it's a whole league. One team does not make up the opinion of everything."

In a video Bosh posted, he appeared to challenge many of the touchtones the organization stressed during his six seasons.

"It's kind of tough," he said. "We say all these things: the commitment, brotherhood and all these things. And then, for whatever reason, you find out, or I find out like this. So, it hurts.

"You think when you're done playing, this is how it's going to go: You ride off into the sunset, everything is all good, you blow kisses and maybe a couple of tears are shed and everything and the people just send you off. And that's not so much the case with me. So, I guess my career in Miami's done. My career's not done. But I did not expect that at all."

Bosh reiterated what he believes is his destiny to return to the NBA.

"And I feel like it's just some higher power telling me like, 'It's not right now, because if you look at the way things are going with the organization and everything, maybe just right now isn't your time to play basketball,' " Bosh said. "And that's kind of how I took it. And, so, I hear the message loud and clear and I'm just trying to work through it, as best as I can."

Bosh said the pronouncement from Pat Riley was difficult to hear.

"I was in disbelief for a couple of seconds, and then I threw my phone down and stormed out of the room," he said. "I'm glad I didn't break my phone. I wanted to break it, but I didn't.

"This is my reality. You can either make it a good thing or a bad thing. You can either complain or you can just keep moving on. And I just decided to keep moving on."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Chris Bosh Thanks Miami Fans In Post On Blog

Sep 30, 2016 2:54 PM

Chris Bosh posted the following message on his blog as his career with the Miami Heat is likely over.

"It’s funny how things change," wrote Bosh. "All I have right now associated with basketball are my friends and memories. And I’m so thankful for those things.
"I remember just a few years ago when the Big 3 were together and we were having a ball playing the game we love with some of the most professional, talented guys the NBA has ever seen.
"I remember the fans of Miami coming out to see the show every night. The love, the compassion and the energy we felt was second to none. I want to thank the city of Miami from the bottom of my heart because things may change but the good times will last forever in my memories. Thank you!
"Things are different now and Miami has incredible young talent with a tremendous upside. These are not only talented ball players but great people and friends. I enjoyed playing with those guys and doing my best to mentor them by being an upstanding role model and veteran player. It’s their time to go through the ups and downs of the game with this great city."

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Josh McRoberts Still Recovering From Broken Foot Suffered In Playoffs
Josh McRoberts has had a pair of injury-plagued seasons with the Heat.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pat Riley: Chris Bosh's Career With Heat 'Probably Over'
Miami is not actively working toward Chris Bosh's return.


Chris Bosh Responds To Failed Physical, Vows To Keep Trying To Play
Chris Bosh has yet to be cleared to return to basketball activities.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Heat Sign Keith Benson
Keith Benson spent last season with the Heatís NBA Development League affiliate.

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Chris Bosh Fails Physical, Not Cleared For Training Camp
Chris Bosh is trying to return from blood clots.

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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright finished last season with the Heat after averaging 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes per game in China.

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Nevada Smith Named Head Coach Of Sioux Falls
Nevada Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons.

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Chris Bosh Declares Himself 'Ready' For Training Camp
The Heat have yet to publicly comment on Chris Bosh's status.

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Heat Want To Run More This Season
With Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow comprising a big part of Miami's core, playing in transition would play to their strengths.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Chris Bosh Likely To Be Cleared To Play By Heat
The Heat are now more open to Chris Bosh taking a new type of blood thinner that would be out of his system within eight hours.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Josh Richardson Suffers Partially Torn MCL
Josh Richardson's return time will be based on how the knee responds to rehab.

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Stefan Jankovic Undecided On Playing For Serbian, Canadian National Team
Stefan Jankovic went undrafted out of Hawaii and is signed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Heat.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pat Riley Calls Trade For Shaq Bigger Than Getting Big 3 In 2010
Pat Riley believes the acquisition of Shaquille O'Neal in 2004 was the single biggest move in the history of the Heat franchise.

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Chris Bosh's Camp Frustrated By Silence From Heat On Clearance
The Heat haven't said whether or not Chris Bosh will be cleared as they can apply to remove his future salaries from their cap.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Chris Bosh Posts Videos Of Return To Court
Chris Bosh's videos Monday included shooting mid-range jumpers after running in from near the sideline and dribbling drills that finished with stepping into 3-point shots.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Won't Move Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a player option for $6 million in 17-18.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Chris Bosh, Heat Still Discussing Use Of Blood Thinners
Chris Bosh and the Heat remain undecided on the use of blood thinners that would be out of his system by game time.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Beno Udrih Agrees To Sign With Heat
Beno Udrih was waived by the Heat when he accepted a buyout that helped them get under the luxury tax line.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Heat Continue Working On Point Guard Drills For Tyler Johnson
The Heat were 0-4 last season with Tyler Johnson as the starting point guard.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Chris Bosh's Return Hinted At By Micky Arison
Chris Bosh has missed the entire second half of each of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

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