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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat

Oct 1, 2015 1:17 PM

Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.


Smith also said he's heard the New York Knicks could be in play for Durant.

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Bosh: Number Of Miami's One-Year Deals Something To Acknowledge

Sep 20, 2015 12:27 PM

Chris Bosh and Goran Dragic are the only members of the Miami Heat starting lineup signed beyond the coming season.
Pat Riley has attempted to preserve Miami’s flexibility for the 2016 offseason.

"We have a lot of guys on one-year deals this season, and that's something we have to acknowledge," he said. "But I think through team success everybody else can have team success.

"And the main challenge for us will be coming together as a team and making sure we define our roles and play our roles to perfection."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA

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John Lucas III Working Out With Heat

Sep 17, 2015 3:55 PM

John Lucas III has been working out with the Miami Heat in preparation for the team's camp.

The Heat are searching for backcourt depth, making Lucas another fit.

Lucas finished last season with the Detroit Pistons after playing in China.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: John Lucas, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Bosh Has Recovered From Blood Clots, 'Ready To Play'

Sep 10, 2015 12:08 PM

Chris Bosh appeared on The Late, Late Show with James Corden on CBS on Wednesday.

Bosh spoke about his health and reiterated he'll be ready to resume working out with the Miami Heat next week.

"I'm ready to play. I've been healthy. It's been a great summer," said Bosh.

Corden asked Bosh why he was benched for half of last season.

"I developed blood clots," Bosh said. "I was sidelined with blood clots. I missed the second half of the season. That's just something I had to battle back from. I had a pulmonary embolism in my left lung. So I had I've been bouncing back, and it's been a long process, but it's been great."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

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Briante Weber Agrees To Camp Deal With Heat

Sep 4, 2015 10:18 AM

Briante Weber has agreed to a camp deal with the Miami Heat.

Weber went undrafted in 2015 out of VCU after tearing his ACL at the end of his senior season.

Weber is ranked second in NCAA history in career steals.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Briante Weber, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Guarantee Salary Of Hassan Whiteside For Entire 15-16 Season

Sep 3, 2015 6:29 PM

The Miami Heat have guaranteed the contract of Hassan Whiteside for the entire 14-15 season.

The Heat could have waited through a series of guarantee dates.

Whiteside initially signed a contract last season that provided for staggered guarantee dates for his $981,348 salary for 2015-16. He was guaranteed 25 percent of his salary on Aug. 1. The initial terms of his contract had him receiving a 50-percent guarantee if still on the team on opening night and then a full guarantee if on the roster on Dec. 1.


With Whiteside to fall short of full Bird Rights due to only a two-year tenure with the team, the Heat still will have to create salary-cap space to re-sign him next summer. 

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spoelstra: How Many Teams Can Lose LeBron, Have Compelling Team 13 Months Later

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 PM

The Miami Heat lost LeBron James during the summer of 2014 and should be competitive in 15-16 even if it's still unclear how the pieces fit.

“How many teams, if you lose the best player in the game, can have a compelling team 13 months later?” said Erik Spoelstra.

“It’s not the kind of lineup where you can just throw it out there, and you know it will work,” Spoelstra said. “It’s going to take practice.”

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA

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Greg Whittington To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Heat

Sep 1, 2015 10:22 AM

Undrafted Georgetown forward Greg Whittington has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Miami Heat, league sources told RealGM.

Whittington had several training camp options, deciding upon the Heat due to the team's roster opening and familiarity in summer league. Whittington will fly to Miami and sign his deal this week.

Whittington averaged 9.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks in 24.5 minutes per game in Summer League.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Greg Whittington, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Justise Winslow Glad He's On Team Not In 'Rebuilding Stage'

Aug 31, 2015 11:16 AM

Justise Winslow is excited to join the Miami Heat, a team that can quickly return to the playoffs after dropping to the lottery in 14-15.

“I’m looking forward to going out there and winning championships,” he said. “That’s what this organization is about. We’ve got the tools, the talent to do it. Getting it all together with the core they have, finding ways to complement that and really impact the game. The Heat expect to win every year. That’s the kind of culture that coach [team president Pat] Riley has built and I’m happy to be there.”

Winslow plans to become a rotation player on a deep Heat team.

“I just feel like I can impact the game in so many ways,” he said. “I’ll be there out on the court; I don’t know how many minutes. I don’t know if I’m starting or coming off the bench. Regardless, when I’m out there I’ll affect the game. Regardless of what team I was going to be on, I was going to be aggressive, play my game, and try to win. It definitely helps that the team I’m on is not in a rebuilding stage.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Justise Winslow, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat More Likely To Trade Chris Andersen Than Mario Chalmers

Aug 26, 2015 1:06 PM

The Miami Heat remain willing to trade away Chris Andersen to help alleviate their luxury tax bill.

Andersen is due approximately $5 million and the Heat haven't found much of a market for a trade.

The Heat, however, are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp even though they haven't ruled out a trade.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Sign Corey Hawkins
Corey Hawkins was named Big West Player of the Year, averaging 20.9 points per game.

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Heat Interested In Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright spent his first six seasons with the Heat.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Keith Benson To Sign Training Camp Deal With Heat
Keith Benson has agreed to a deal with the Miami Heat for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

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Josh Richardson Signs With Heat
Josh Richardson played for the Heat in both the Orlando Pro Summer League and Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

RealGM Staff Report

Heat To Sign Josh Richardson On Three-Year Rookie Deal
Josh Richardson has agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.5 million contract with the Heat, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Heat To Release Henry Walker
The Heat are waiving forward Henry Walker, league sources told RealGM.

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Heat Trade Zoran Dragic To Celtics
The trade did not upset Goran Dragic, who is hoping his brother will get more chances at playing time with the Celtics.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Magic Acquire Shabazz Napier From Heat For Future 2nd Rounder
The Heat will acquire a future protected second-round pick from the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hassan Whiteside Focused On Coming Season, Not 2016 Free Agency
ESPN recently projected an average salary of $18.8 million per season for Hassan Whiteside next summer.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Greg Whittington Receives Partially Guaranteed Offers
Greg Whittington is averaging 15.7 points so far in the Vegas summer league.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Chris Bosh Finds Renewed Passion, Expects To Be Ready For Training Camp
Chris Bosh is still taking blood-thinning medication for at least a couple more weeks.

Shandel Richardson/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Amar'e Stoudemire Signs With Heat
The Heat have signed center/forward Amar'e Stoudemire.

RealGM Staff Report

Heat Trying To Salary Dump Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers
The Heat are approximately $13 million over the projected tax line and have made both Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen available for nothing.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Heat Sign Justise Winslow
Justise Winslow cannot be traded for 30 days.

RealGM Staff Report

Dwyane Wade, Heat Agree Upon One-Year, $20M Deal
Dwyane Wade has agreed to re-sign with the Heat on a one-year, $20 million deal.

Tim Reynolds/AP

Heat Pursuing Meeting With LaMarcus Aldridge
Miami would need to agree upon a sign-and-trade with the Blazers to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

J.J. Barea Receiving Interest From Heat, Mavs
J.J. Barea is looking for a three-year deal.

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Dwyane Wade, Heat Progressing On Multi-Year Deal
Dwyane Wade opted out of his contract with the Heat for the 15-16 season in hopes of securing a long-term deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Goran Dragic, Heat Agree Upon Five-Year, $90M Deal
Goran Dragic's deal includes a player option after the fourth season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Carlos Boozer To Receive Interest From Nets, Mavs, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Spurs
Carlos Boozer spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers after being amnestied by the Bulls.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

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