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Chris Bosh More Likely To Wait Until 17-18 For NBA Return

Dec 6, 2016 7:53 PM

Chris Bosh has the mindset of being more likely to attempt a comeback before the 17-18 season than return at some point this season, according to a source within the league connected to Bosh.

Bosh failed his physical with the Miami Heat in September and Pat Riley subsequently said his career with the franchise is likely over.

The Heat will attempt to remove Bosh from their salary cap though that will require him to be medically forced into retirement. An independent doctor will rule on Bosh's medical condition.

Bosh has two additional seasons remaining on his contract with the Heat that he signed in 2014 as a free agent.

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Hassan Whiteside Considered Blazers 2nd Option In Free Agency

Dec 4, 2016 7:02 PM

Hassan Whiteside signed a four-year maximum contract with the Miami Heat worth approximately $98 million.

Whiteside first met with the Miami Heat and then the Dallas Mavericks before making his decision. 
Whiteside revealed he also liked the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Portland was my second option,” Whiteside said at the team’s Saturday shootaround in Portland. “I would have came here.”

ESPN reported last week that Portland “chased” Whiteside in free agency, but nothing was said of Whiteside’s interest.

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Dwyane Wade: I Definitely Had To Change My Game More Than LeBron

Dec 2, 2016 12:13 AM

Dwyane Wade acknowledged he had to adjust his game more than LeBron James did during their time together with the Miami Heat.

Wade and James played together for four years before James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I definitely changed mine more," Wade said with a laugh after Thursday's practice. "It's not even a conversation. There's no conversation to have. I definitely had to change mine more."

Wade and James didn't have a conversation about how their respective games would change before they decided to join forces.

"We all knew the sacrifice that was going to be [made]," Wade said. "Obviously, you sit down and you talk about playing together. You think you know what's [going to happen], you try to cover things in that moment, but then once you start playing together you realize it's harder than what you thought. But we all knew we had to sacrifice. Chris Bosh, too. He's somebody who they don't talk about, he had to sacrifice a lot too. But at the end of the day, we sacrificed points, article hits, but what we gained was championships, friendships and brotherhoods that last a lifetime. So I'm sure if we could do it all over again we'd do it exactly the same way."

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Justise Winslow To Work With Heat Shooting Coach While Not With Team

Nov 30, 2016 4:13 PM

Justise Winslow will work with the shooting coach of the Miami Heat while he's left behind on their road trip to let his sore left wrist heal.

The Heat want Winslow to be ready in time for Monday's practice following an 11-game absence.

"It's going to be everything that we can to drill and do, a lot of conditioning, and hopefully get him ready for that Monday practice, when we come off this trip," Erik Spoelstra said before Wednesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. "Hopefully we'll have enough healthy bodies, where we can compete and go five-on-five that day."

Spoelstra said they're almost treating this time as a mini-training camp for Winslow.

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Heat To Retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 Jersey

Nov 21, 2016 3:53 PM

The Miami Heat will retire Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey in a special halftime ceremony on December 22nd at AmericanAirlines Arena when the Heat take on the Los Angeles Lakers. 

O’Neal’s career spanned 19 seasons as he accumulated four NBA Championships, three NBA Finals MVP’s, 15 All-Star selections, three All-Star MVP’s, a regular season NBA MVP, a NBA Rookie of the Year award and a gold medal with Team USA while being named to 14 All-NBA teams and three NBA All-Defensive teams. O’Neal appeared in 1,207 career regular season NBA games (1,197 starts) and averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.26 blocks and 34.7 minutes while shooting 58.2 percent from the field. His professional career ranks among the best in NBA historywith 28,596 points (seventh), 2,732 blocks (eighth) and 13,099 rebounds (14th).

O’Neal, who was originally acquired by the HEAT from the Lakers in a trade on July 14, 2004 and re-signed as a free agent on August 2, 2005, played three and a half seasons in Miami, helping the HEAT capture their first NBA championship in 2006.

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Chris Bosh Continues To Pursue NBA Return

Nov 20, 2016 2:31 PM

Chris Bosh continues to pursue a return to the NBA despite his issues with blood clots.

Both and the Miami Heat remain at odds about his health and he is unlikely to play again for the franchise.

The Heat could waive Bosh but they would receive no cap relief if he plays 25 games with another team.

Bosh is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Pat Riley Regrets Not Signing Dwyane Wade To Max Contract In 2014

Nov 12, 2016 10:34 PM

Pat Riley said he regretted not signing Dwyane Wade to a maximum contract in 2014 when he was a free agent for the first time since 2010.

"Riley told me before the game that, if he had to do it over again, in the summer of 2014, after LeBron James left and went back to Cleveland, we should have given Wade a max deal as well as Chris Bosh, as the team did," David Aldridge said in a sideline report. "Riley told me, 'That was wrong. I should have, we should have given him that. That's a big second-guess, but that's on me.'"

Wade signed a two-year, $31.1 million deal with a player option for the second season after opting out of a more lucrative arrangement that would have paid him $42 million over two years.

Wade recouped some of that by opting out and signing a one-year, $20 million deal in 2015.

Wade left the Heat to sign with the Bulls this past offseason after they had a stalemate over his contract terms.

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Goran Dragic Sprains Left Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Nov 11, 2016 10:39 AM

Goran Dragic was in a walking boot after a 98-95 Miami Heat loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

Dragic sprained his left ankle with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter while driving to the basket in transition.

The positive for Dragic and the Heat is the X-ray on his ankle came back negative.

“The X-ray is negative, so that’s a good sign,” Dragic said. “We’ll see how the ankle is going to be [Friday]. I twisted it, so it hurts right now. It’s just a precaution, that’s why I have a boot on.”

Dragic may have to miss some time with the injury.

Dragic injured his left ankle last season in March after tripping on referee Bill Kennedy, but he did not miss any time. 

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Ray Allen Didn't Expect To Retire After 2014 Finals

Nov 10, 2016 11:34 AM

Ray Allen officially announced his retirement two years after playing in his final game in June of 2014 with the Miami Heat.

Allen had interest in playing in 14-15, 15-16 and even this season if the right opportunity presented itself.

“After the 2014 Finals, I didn’t really think I was done and I thought there would be an opportunity,” Allen said. “Then, I was thinking I didn’t necessarily need or want to go to training camp. So I was going to wait and see if there was a team that made sense for me.

“That first year went by, and it didn’t make sense. There was nowhere I thought I could fit in. Coming into last year, I said, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes again. I started thinking, ‘Do I really want to do it? Do I want to be with my children? Or do I want to be away from my children?’ Then again, there wasn’t a situation that was worth it. Two years went by so quickly.”

Allen said the right situation would have been the opportunity to compete for a title, playing time and playing for a coach who doesn't wear players out with practices.

“If a team made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, then I would’ve looked at it more seriously,” Allen said. “The way that year shaped up, nobody was knocking on my door saying, ‘We would love to have you.’ If I’m going to play, I’m going to have to move. I would have to leave my family or move my family. I didn’t feel I want to do that.

“One of the biggest factors was for me not to go back was the simple fact that I won twice already. I believed going into the 14-15 season, if I hadn’t won a championship, then I would’ve been on somebody’s roster. I would’ve moved. I would’ve tried to make it work anyway possible.”

The Houston Rockets offered the full mid-level exception to Allen in 2014.

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Dwyane Wade: If You're Not With Pat Riley, You're Against Him

Nov 9, 2016 2:06 PM

Dwyane Wade had a relatively simple perspective on his exit from the Miami Heat due to how well he's known Pat Riley.

“I know who Pat is. It’s no secret to me,” Wade said following Wednesday’s morning shootaround. “If you’re not with him, you’re against him. That’s just the way he is. You gotta understand that, man.

“I’m cool with it. I’m fine, 100 percent. I was there 13 years. I’ve seen a lot of video tributes. I’ve seen a lot of players come in and go out. And I’ve seen the way he has responded to them. And I know if you’re not with him, you’re against him.”

Wade will return to Miami for the first time on Thursday.

“I haven’t talked to him. Simple as that,” Wade said. “I think I’ve been very open and honest about my respect and love for Pat. But I’ve also been honest that I haven’t spoken to him since the season ended.”

Wade said he has communicated “with everyone else” in the organization.

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Dwyane Wade Urges Heat Fans To 'Support The Future'
Dwyane Wade said he doesn't know how he will be received in Miami by the fans.

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Chris Bosh Hires Rob Pelinka As Agent
Chris Bosh was previously represented by Henry Thomas.

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Josh Richardson Cleared To Return From MCL Tear
Josh Richardson averaged 6.6 points in 52 games with Miami as a rookie.

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Ray Allen Announces He Will Remain Retired
Ray Allen hasn't played since the 13-14 season with the Heat.

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Dwyane Wade 'Closes Miami Chapter' With First Bulls' Win
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Pistons Claim Beno Udrih Off Waivers
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Dunc'd On: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Outlook w/ Zach Harper; Miami Heat Season Outlook w/ Albert Nahmad
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Rodney McGruder Wins Final Miami Roster Spot, Beno Udrih Amongst Five Waived
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Heat Sign Luis Montero, Waive Keith Benson
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Heat Sign Vashil Fernandez, Waive Stefan Jankovic
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Goran Dragic Refutes Notion He's Unhappy With Heat
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Wade: LeBron And I Liked Chicago Situation In 2010 Until Heat Could Also Fit Bosh
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had interest in joining Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in 2010.

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LeBron James Wanted Cavs To Sign Dwyane Wade If Cap Space Were Available
Cleveland could offer only the taxpayer midlevel exception to Dwyane Wade, worth about $3.5 million.

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Heat Expected To Delay Waiving Chris Bosh Until After Playoff Deadline
The 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.

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Heat, Kings Have Had 'Vague Trade Talks' Since July
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
Chris Bosh will be paid the remaining $76 million owed to him by the Heat whether he plays or not.

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Chris Bosh Vows NBA Return, Critical Of Treatment From Pat Riley
The NBA medical staff last week agreed with the findings of the Heat physical that ruled out a Chris Bosh return for training camp.

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Chris Bosh Thanks Miami Fans In Post On Blog
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Josh McRoberts Still Recovering From Broken Foot Suffered In Playoffs
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