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Goran Dragic Assured Heat Will Play Faster Moving Forward

May 24, 2015 12:30 PM

Goran Dragic feels strongly that the Miami Heat must play faster and has been assured that is a key part of the team's plan moving forward, according to a source.

Dragic still appears to consider the Heat as the frontrunner heading into free agency.

The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest in Dragic.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Will Feel Pressure To Re-Sign Free Agents After Miami's Amnesty Of Miller

May 22, 2015 8:31 PM

While the Cleveland Cavaliers knew they would have a chance to sign LeBron James last offseason, they certainly were not tipped off to it beforehand as Pat Riley insinuated.

"I know for pretty sure the Cavs were in the dark," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "And I have an indisputable reason why: they didn't have the cap space to sign him.

"Even if you think bringing Gordon Hayward in for a visit was subterfuge, and they were trying to line up one with Chandler Parsons. The jet Dan Gilbert flew to Florida to meet with LeBron, the previous flight that jet took was to go to Indianapolis to pick up Gordon Hayward and bring him to Cleveland for a visit."

The Cavaliers had to engineer a trade to clear Jarrett Jack from their salary cap to sign James.

"If there was a conspiracy, the Cavaliers wouldn't have hired David Blatt either."

Windhorst reports James certainly didn't make up his mind before the end of the Finals and he would have certainly remained with the Miami Heat to go for a fourpeat.

James wanted to go home to Cleveland, but other issues were in play such as the Heat using the amnesty on Mike Miller.

"LeBron was really upset about Mike Miller being released," said Windhorst. "The argument was there was this sense of sacrifice through the organization. And for the Heat to cut Mike Miller to save money, and it was a lot of money, $17 million in luxury taxes. That undercut what LeBron was seeing and combined with the fact that he saw the Clippers sell for $2 billion and arguably at that moment you might have been able to get $2 billion, at least $1.5, $1.7. I think it irritated LeBron that there wasn't this equal willingness to sacrifice across the organization."

Windhorst also said there will be a lot of pressure for the Cavaliers to sign their free agents this offseason because of that fact. J.R. Smith is expected to opt out, while Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson will be free agents.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Chris Bosh Expects To Be Ready For Opening Night

May 13, 2015 12:10 AM

Chris Bosh is recovering from blood clots on his lung and he expects to be ready for opening night.

Bosh confirmed there have been no setbacks or change in his prognosis.

"Yes," Bosh said. "I will be ready on opening night.  I'm looking forward to being the best version of myself in 2015-2016 at the start."

Bosh said the time away from the game has made him hungrier for the next phase of his career.

"I'm very excited," he said at Turner's Atlanta studios. "This has given me time to think and reflect on my life and everything that's going on.

"I miss basketball right now and I think that’s good for me."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

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Goran Dragic: Fifth Year Is 'Pretty Big' On Deal With Heat

Apr 22, 2015 2:54 PM

Goran Dragic has said he will give the Miami Heat an edge when he becomes a free agent in July.

Dragic will place value in the possible fifth season that the Heat can offer in a maximum contract.

"It's pretty big," Dragic said of securing such a fifth season. "Because every player wants to sign as long as he can. Of course, my goal is to stay in that spot that I'm going to sign."

While it is difficult to overlook an additional $30 million, Dragic said it also will be about more than money. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be among his suitors.

"I mean, of course every offer, we're going to go through," Dragic said. "But I think that the most important thing is the team, who is around me, what kind of style. Because, first of all, I want to be happy, happy to play that style of basketball that I want to play. And I think that's the main thing for now, not the money."

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Undecided On $16M Option For 15-16

Apr 21, 2015 11:38 PM

Dwyane Wade said he is in no rush to decide on his player option for the 2015-16 season, worth about $16 million.

"I signed my deal the way I did for a reason ... and the organization did it for a reason," Wade said. "It's my option. I'll decide when the time is right. Everyone knows I always try to do what's best for the organization, but I also have to do what's best for Dwyane Wade as well."

Wade averaged 21.5 points on 47 percent shooting this season.

Tim Reynolds/Associated Press

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

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LeBron Never Told Heat To Draft Shabazz Napier

Apr 21, 2015 1:43 PM

LeBron James never told the Miami Heat directly he wanted them to draft Shabazz Napier last June.

Pat Riley made comments this week that the Heat are looking forward to having a different approach to the draft this year.

"No more smiling faces with hidden agendas," Riley said. "We'll be going in clean."

James never had a relationship with Napier, unlike many other college players he became friendly with from his annual Nike camps. James posted several Tweets admiring Napier's game.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Shabazz Napier, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pat Riley On Draft: No More Smiling Faces With Hidden Agendas

Apr 20, 2015 12:08 PM

Pat Riley is looking forward to the 2015 NBA Draft one season after they picked Shabazz Napier with the hopes of re-signing LeBron James.

"No more smiling faces with hidden agendas, so we'll be going in clean," said Riley.

Riley was asked to clarify that comment.

"That could be anyone across the board," said Riley about who he was referencing.

Riley also insists, however, that the Miami Heat have moved on from the departure of James.

"We have all moved on from that standpoint."

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Tags: LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Goran Dragic To Review Every Offer In Free Agency

Apr 17, 2015 12:54 PM

Goran Dragic confirmed Friday that he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July.

Dragic has said he hopes to stay with the Miami Heat, but he will review offers in free agency.

"Every offer, we're going to go through," Dragic said. "I like this organization, this basketball style."

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Ennis, Tyler Johnson Commit To Playing For Heat In Summer League
James Ennis and Tyler Johnson each averaged just under 20.0 minutes per game for the Heat.

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Goran Dragic's Time With Heat Makes Free Agent Decision Easier
Goran Dragic will be a free agent this summer after having the opportunity to see how he fits with the Heat.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Dwyane Wade Won't Get Involved In Heat Free Agency
The Heat face free agent decisions this offseason with Goran Dragic and Luol Deng.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Luol Deng 'Loves' Heat Organization, Unsure About 15-16 Player Option
Luol Deng has a $10.2 million player option with the Heat next season.

Jason Lieser/Palm Beach Post

Hassan Whiteside Eligible For Most Improved Player Of The Year
The NBA says the only players who are not eligible are rookies and first-year players.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Josh McRoberts Reiterates He's Out For Season
McRoberts underwent meniscus surgery in December.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Mario Chalmers Frustrated, Unsure Of His Role On Heat
Mario Chalmers appears frustrated and said he is unsure of his place on the Miami Heat.

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Shabazz Napier Out For Season Following Sports Hernia Surgery
Shabazz Napier appeared in 51 games (10 starts) this season for the Heat averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.

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Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last
J.R. Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

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Hassan Whiteside Day-To-Day After Receiving 10 Stitches On Hand
Hassan Whiteside's injury occurred when he was trying to block a dunk attempt by Miles Plumlee.

Shandel Richardson/Sun-Sentinel

Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul Named NBA Players Of Week
Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a 3-1 week.

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Michael Beasley Taking On Mentorship Role For Hassan Whiteside
Michael Beasley returned to the NBA in the middle of the season after playing in China.

Ananith Pandian/CBS Sports

Heat Sign Michael Beasley For Remainder Of Season
Michael Beasley has appeared in 10 games with the Heat this season averaging 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 22.9 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field.

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Wade Thinks Goran Dragic Fits Heat Long-Term
The Heat project to have a starting five of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside next season assuming Dragic re-signs.

Jason Lieser/Palm Beach Post

Heat Recall Zoran Dragic From Skyforce
Zoran Dragic appeared in four games for Sioux Falls.

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Henry Walker Agrees To Contract For Remainder Of Season With Heat
Henry Walker's deal runs through the 15-16 season.

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Pat Riley Calls Building Through Lottery 'Life Of MIsery'
Pat Riley has managed to work with some of the best players of their generations during his stops with the Lakers, Knicks and Heat.

Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Riley: LeBron Could Have Had Something Historic Over Next 5-6 Years With Heat
Pat Riley felt that the Heat were in the position he wanted them to be in despite losing in the 2014 Finals to the Spurs, but LeBron James decided to return to the Cavaliers.

Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Hassan Whiteside Suspended One Game By NBA
Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game by the NBA for elbowing Kelly Olynyk in the back of the neck.

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Chris Bosh Expected To Resume Basketball Activities In September
Chris Bosh was hospitalized for nine days after suffering from blood clots in his lungs.

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

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