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Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

Feb 1, 2016 4:17 PM

Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 31.

Wade led the Heat to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, behind averages of 24.0 points (tied-third in the Eastern Conference), 7.0 assists (fourth in the conference), 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals (tied-eighth in the conference) and 1.75 blocks (tied-fifth in the conference). On Jan. 26, he tallied 27 points, eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks during a 102-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant's league-best 34.7 points on the week helped the Thunder to a 3-0 record. He ranked fourth in the Western Conference with 11.7 rebounds, contributed 4.3 assists and averaged a conference-high 40.0 minutes. Durant recorded point-rebound double-doubles twice, including a 44-point, 14-rebound outing on Jan. 26, as the Thunder topped the New York Knicks 128-122 in overtime.

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Tags: Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Tyler Johnson To Undergo Shoulder Surgery, Out At Least Two Months

Feb 1, 2016 1:47 PM

Tyler Johnson will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this week and likely miss at least two months.

Johnson has been a key part of Erik Spoelstra's rotation with the Miami Heat.

Johnson's recovery timetable will be determined after surgery.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Shabazz Napier Wasn't Expecting To Make 'Crazy Impact' With Heat As Rookie

Jan 31, 2016 1:07 PM

The Miami Heat traded away Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic one year after using a first round pick upon him in order to save on the luxury tax.

“I’ve always understood the business. I got traded on draft night [from Charlotte to Miami],” Napier said. “I never allowed it to push me away from my ultimate goal. It’s still the same as a young kid growing up. It was just to play in the NBA, it was to make an impact.

“I knew for a fact coming into my rookie year I wasn’t going to make the crazy impact I want to make as a young kid. It’s going to take time.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, NBA

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Pat Riley Denies Insinuation LeBron James Tried To Fire Spoelstra

Jan 29, 2016 2:54 AM

Pat Riley denied insinuations that LeBron James tried to have Erik Spoelstra fired as head coach of the Miami Heat during his tenure with the franchise.

"Not from him to me, ever," Riley said Thursday of James, who left the Heat two seasons ago in free agency to return to Cleveland. "So a lot of stuff is following him out the door. Whether it's right or wrong, it's just the nature of it. But as far as that goes, no, he never, ever walked in and said anything."

Riley's comments come on the heels of Israel-based reports earlier this week in which Heat limited ownership partner Raanan Katz suggested James was largely responsible for David Blatt's firing and he tried to do the same with Spoelstra.

The rumors James has dealt with actually remind Riley of his own experiences leaving the Lakers and the Knicks.

"I've been in that situation twice," said Riley. "I left Los Angeles, and a lot of stuff followed me out the door to New York. A lot of stuff followed me down here to Miami. It took almost 10 years to sort of get out of that storyline."

 

Michael Wallace/ESPN

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

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Ray Allen Has Standing Offer To Return To Heat

Jan 25, 2016 12:15 PM

The Miami Heat have reached out to Ray Allen multiple times since the 2014 offseason about rejoining the team.

Allen hasn't played in the NBA in 19 months and was reportedly considering a return last season.

Many of Allen's acquaintances expect him to remain retired.

The Heat have given Allen a standing offer to return and last reached out to him in the offseason.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Miami Herald

Tags: Ray Allen, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hassan Whiteside Realized What He Lost In Leaving NBA

Jan 18, 2016 2:29 PM

Hassan Whiteside rejected a guaranteed multi-year deal in the Chinese Basketball Association to sign a non-guaranteed two-year deal with the Miami Heat.

“I never aimed for the money,” Whiteside told Yahoo. “Before I came to the NBA last [season], per year, I would have made more going to China than on my Miami Heat contract. If I went, I might have just stayed in China. I wasn’t chasing the dollars, though. I was chasing the dream of becoming an amazing NBA player. All of that comes, obviously. The contract, the fame. Even before I knew anything about money, I was a little kid and I didn’t know how much these players made. I wanted that – to be on TV, to have people looking up to me.

“Once I left the NBA, I realized what I lost, realized the lessons that I needed in order to stay. I always had faith to keep pushing. It’s tough just to be in the league. There are only about 400 guys in the NBA, so any position that you play, it is impossible. I had a tough journey and I’m still writing my book.”

Whiteside will be a free agent in the offseason and the Heat do not own his Bird rights.

The Iowa Energy acquired the rights to Whiteside from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Iowa's coach, Bob Donewald Jr., wrote a letter to Whiteside before training camp.

“I told Hassan: You have a clean slate here,” Donewald told Yahoo. “His reputation wasn’t where it needed to be, so this was his chance to work. He worked and worked, pouted, and then got back to work. Rinse and repeat. We wanted to make sure he got back to being a grinder. We had to forget about whatever happened in Reno, whatever happened with the Kings.

“When I was with Paul Silas as an assistant, Paul would always say, ‘Cream rises to the top.’ For a player like Hassan, that was the consistent message. And the cream rose.”

Donewald pressed Whiteside in practices and fil studies.

“What do you want out of Iowa?” Donewald asked.

“I want to be the starting center,” Whiteside told the coach.

“No, I want you to leave here and make tens of millions,” Donewald replied.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Goran Dragic Out At Least One Week With Mild Calf Strain

Jan 14, 2016 3:38 PM

Goran Dragic had an MRI to confirm a mild calf strain.

Dragic will be re-evaluated in one week.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Windhorst: Hassan Whiteside 'Absolutely Not A Heat Player'

Jan 6, 2016 8:17 PM

Hassan Whiteside will be a free agent in the offseason and the Miami Heat don't own his Bird Rights.

"This is a guy who is going to get a max contract in the summer. And he's absolutely not a Heat player," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "His style of play, his personality, the way he goes about his business is not congruent with the way the Heat normally go about themselves.

"The Heat have a decision to make: do you ride out the season with Whiteside or do you package him with (Luol) Deng before the deadline."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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

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Goran Dragic: Suns Always Changing Something

Jan 5, 2016 4:07 PM

Goran Dragic has his own theory for the struggles of the Phoenix Suns.

“It feels like they’re always changing something,” Dragic told Yahoo Sports. “They’re not like Miami, San Antonio, those teams that are really loyal when they find something.”

Dragic was traded by the Suns last February to the Miami Heat after the team signed a third ball dominant guard in Isaiah Thomas to go with him and Eric Bledsoe.

“Me and Bledsoe, we built really great chemistry together, we played well and the whole team did. Everybody expected that we’re going to get some big guys that we thought we needed, but they did another move, they bring in a point guard and it was tough,” Dragic told Yahoo. “I was a little bit frustrated. It was tough, especially for me, because I was playing off the ball all the time, and I was guarding [small forwards]. That was tough for me, but they did what they did.”

Dragic will return to play the Suns on Friday.

“I always believe when you find some pieces that you leave those pieces [alone]. But then you upgrade the other positions. Like San Antonio is doing. They always have the Big Three, but then it’s a good team. They always find another player at another position, so they’re always good. But that’s not my call,” Dragic told Yahoo, with an uncomfortable chuckle. “I was just there to play basketball. I tried to do my job.”

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Hassan Whiteside Could Miss More Time With Knee Injury

Jan 5, 2016 2:45 PM

Hassan Whiteside missed his first game of the season on Monday and is likely to miss at least one more game.

Whiteside can't remember when he banged his right knee in Sunday's win but he felt pain during the plane ride home and the next morning.

"It's just a lot of soreness right now," Whiteside said. "I really feel like I can't really do anything as far as running or jumping or anything."

Whiteside doesn't believe the injury will be a long-term issue.

"I'm kind of figuring that out," he responded when asked if it might be a bone bruise. "It's under the knee cap, around the patella tendon."

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League Player Of The Week
Jarnell Stokes guided Sioux Falls to a 3-0 week, averaging 22.3 points on 75.7 percent shooting from the floor (28-for-37) to go with 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals.

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Heat Assign Josh Richardson To D-League
Josh Richardson has appeared in 13 games (one start) with the Heat this season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.2 minutes.

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Heat Reassign Jarnell Stokes To D-League
Jarnell Stokes is averaging 18.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.29 steals, 1.14 blocks and 29.0 minutes in the D-League.

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Chris Bosh Defeated By Raptors For First Time After 12 Tries
The Heat had been 12-0 when facing Toronto with Chris Bosh in the lineup against his former team.

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Heat Deny Reports Of Making Hassan Whiteside Available In Trades
Hassan Whiteside is making just $981.348 this season.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Miami Herald

Hassan Whiteside Won't Be Impacted By Trade Rumors
Hassan Whiteside said he has greater concerns at the moment than his name appearing in rumors.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Dwight Howard Reportedly Unhappy With Rockets' Situation
Chris Sheridan predicts Dwight Howard will be traded to the Heat by this year's deadline.

Chris Sheridan/Sheridan Hoops

Goran Dragic Finally Feeling Chemistry With Wade, Bosh
Goran Dragic is making progress with his chemistry playing with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Chris Bosh On Big 3 Run: We Accomplished Something Generational
Chris Bosh looks back proudly of the run he enjoyed with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade Was Fine Missing Playoffs In 2015 Since Winning Title Was Unrealstic
The Heat have reloaded with the trade for Goran Dragic and the draft selection of Justise Winslow.

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Heat Assign Jarnell Stokes To D-League
Last season, Jarnell Stokes appeared in 23 NBA Development League games and averaged 15.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 32.0 minutes.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Taking Classes To Possibly Become Agent
Amar'e Stoudemire has long been represented by Happy Walters.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Gerald Green Apologizes For Incident, Doesn't Discuss Details
The episode involved Gerald Green throwing a punch and being handcuffed.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Will Pursue Kevin Durant In Free Agency
The Heat intend to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency but they have a complicated cap situation due to the need to use cap space to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Gerald Green Punched Man During Incident
Gerald Green punched a man and then was combative with paramedics to the point of needing to be handcuffed so he could be transported to a trauma center.

AP

Pat Riley Asked LaMarcus Aldridge To Re-Sign With Blazers, Sign With Heat In 2016
Pat Riley's words to LaMarcus Aldridge actually went a long way toward validating the Spurs' case instead of the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Goran Dragic Didn't Consider Leaving Heat For Lakers
The Lakers initially viewed Goran Dragic as a free agent target but changed their mind when they fell in love with D'Angelo Russell.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Gerald Green Suspended Two Games By Heat
Gerald Green was hospitalized for several days last week for an undisclosed medical reason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Heat Trade Mario Chalmers To Grizzlies
The Heat and Grizzlies are finalizing a trade of Mario Chalmers and James Ennis for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Miami Has No Plans To Release Gerald Green
Gerald Green was hospitalized for several days for unknown reasons and one source said the situation is "delicate."

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

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