Sep 15, 2014 12:50 PM EDT
After having a poor performance in the NBA Finals, Mario Chalmers did not expect to return to the Miami Heat as a free agent.
"I didn't think I'd be back," Chalmers said. "I didn't think that at all. I didn't even think the Heat would want me back, to be honest. That's how I felt like my playoff performance was, that they didn't want me back, they wanted to go another direction. So that was in my mind, too, but I was like, if it happens, it happens."
Chalmers received some encouragement from Heat general manager AndyElisburg, who called Chalmers in free agency to tell him that the team still had an interest in retaining him.
"I at least knew that one team wanted me right now," Chalmers said. "So that was a good thing."
Sep 15, 2014 12:10 PM EDT
The Miami Heat lost LeBron James in the offseason and have also made some key changes to their coaching staff, which will result in a vastly different identity.
“You will see some tweaks in how we play,” said a Heat official.
Miami's gambling defense, which left open too many three-point shooters, needs addressing.
“We can’t just show up and expect to win it in the fourth quarter any more,” said the official.
Sep 14, 2014 12:19 PM EDT
The Miami Heat have signed forward Khem Birch.
Birch appeared in six games (all starts) with the Washington Wizards during the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
Sep 09, 2014 8:54 PM EDT
Luol Deng released the following statement Tuesday in response to remarks made about him by the front office of the Atlanta Hawks.
"HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM"
"These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.
"I'm proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just "a little". For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.
"Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.
"However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren't comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.
"Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome."
Sep 09, 2014 5:23 PM EDT
Behind a resurgent desire to pursue the NBA culminating in a successful World Cup showing, Slovenian shooting guard Zoran Dragic has maintained discussions with the four teams interested in signing him for next season: the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic, league sources told RealGM.
Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 11 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of an Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.
Dragic, a 6-foot-5 product, has received NBA interest in past summers, and he played for the Houston Rockets’ summer league team in 2012. Several NBA organizations have scouted him throughout the World Cup, sources said, and several new inquiries are placed per day.
In his second year with BC Malaga last season, Dragic, 25, averaged 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds over 50 games.
Sep 08, 2014 3:21 PM EDT
The inquiry into Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson began with general manager Danny Ferry referring to free agent Luol Deng as still having "some African in him" on an organizational conference call, league sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Yahoo Sports.
"He's still a young guy overall," Ferry said, league sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Yahoo. “He's a good guy overall. But he's not perfect. He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way."
Deng, considered one of the highest character players in the NBA, was born in the Sudan.
The call with the ownership group had been set up to inform them of free-agent options on the market in July.
Ferry reached out to Deng and Deng's agent, Ron Shade, on Monday, Shade told Yahoo Sports. Ferry hadn't yet spoken to Deng, but he did talk to Shade, a Chicago-based agent. "I have no reaction, but we've spoken," Shade told Yahoo.
The racial reference to Deng triggered at least one team owner on the call to pursue an independent investigation into how the organization operated in regard to race.
The search uncovered the 2012 email that Levenson sent to Ferry and two minority owners that ultimately led to Levenson's decision, under pressure, to sell his stake in the Hawks.
Sep 07, 2014 3:35 PM EDT
Ryan Hollins met with the Miami Heat on Friday, according to sources.
The Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls are also interested in Hollins.
Hollins spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sep 05, 2014 11:36 AM EDT
Free agent Julyan Stone will work out for the Lakers in Los Angeles this week, his second visit with the organization before meeting three other teams, league sources told RealGM.
Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, sources said, attempting to solidify an NBA contract before training camps start. The Sacramento Kings remain a possible landing spot for Stone.
Stone held a workout with the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the week, and he’s received two lucrative offers from Chinese clubs.
At 6-foot-6, Stone has tantalizing frame for a point guard and is one of the NBA’s tallest at the position.
In three NBA seasons, Stone has averaged 1.3 points, 1.1 assists and 44 percent shooting from the field in seven minutes per game. He was an undrafted signing for the Denver Nuggets in 2011, spent two years with the franchise and joined the Toronto Raptors last offseason. He was waived on July 7.
Sep 02, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
Undrafted free agent Andre Dawkins has agreed to a training camp deal with the Miami Heat, league sources told RealGM.
In four seasons at Duke University, Dawkins established himself as a reliable spot-up shooter for Mike Krzyzewski, polished for the pro game. He was a reserve guard for the 2010 national championship team.
As a senior, Dawkins knocked down 42.1 percent of his three-point shots and attempted nearly five per game. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 7.9 points last season.
Dawkins, 22, played for the Heat and Houston Rockets in the NBA summer league in July.
Aug 31, 2014 11:26 PM EDT
The Miami Heat have reassigned longtime assistant coaches Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo.
Rothstein and McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on Erik Spoelstra's staff and could leave the bench altogether.
It is immediately unclear what role Rothstein and McAdoo will have in the organization, but both are expected to continue to have jobs with the Heat, league sources said.
David Fizdale has become the top assistant in recent seasons, while Juwan Howard will be promoted from his role in player development.
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Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.
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Tyler Johnson has reached an agreement on a free agent contract with the Heat, a league source told RealGM.
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Chris Bosh was close to leaving the Heat for the Rockets before ultimately deciding to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract.
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