Dec 02, 2013 6:11 PM EST
Dwyane Wade gave a diplomatic answer when he was posed the question about whether his new contract in free agency will be a Kobe Bryant-type contract or a discounted deal like Tim Duncan's and Kevin Garnett's in the past.
“When I get into that position, it’s something I’ll think about,” Wade said. “You have to sit down at the time and see what is best for you and for your team.”
“D-Wade is getting that Kobe deal,” LeBron James said from the next locker.
Wade was glad to see the two-year, $48-plus million extension that Bryant signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last week.
“As a player, I loved it. Everyone who gets what they get deserve, it’s great,” Wade said. “There’s a reason the Lakers felt that Kobe should get that money. There’s no right or wrong.”
The Heat likely would like to work out with Wade a similar situation to when Shaquille O'Neal signed a flexible deal in 2005. Wade has stated he intends to re-sign with Miami in the offseason.
“I remember when Shaq did that,” Wade said. “Not everyone is going to do that.”
Dec 02, 2013 4:08 PM EST
LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
James averaged 29 points per game as the Miami Heat went 4-0 last week.
Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder had a 3-0 mark as the star forward averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Nov 29, 2013 11:14 AM EST
The Miami Heat have been able to have a fast start to the 13-14 season despite significant reductions in the minutes to LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
James is averaging a career-low 35.2 minutes, down from 37.9 last season and 39.6 in his career.
Bosh is averaging 28.5 minutes per game and Wade has been able to sit out several games.
“That’s extremely important,” Bosh said. “Our second group has done a magnificent job this year and made our jobs a little easier. It’s making it easier on us not having to play a lot, especially early.”
Nov 28, 2013 12:43 PM EST
The Miami Heat have appeared in the Finals in each of the past three seasons, but they struggled out of the gate in 2010 with a 9-8 record that led to an infamous players-only meeting exactly three years ago.
“That is so funny,” Dwyane Wade said. “I do remember that now. It’s crazy. We are so far from that now. Wow!”
“It was light years ago,” Chris Bosh said. “At that point, the only reason we had a team meeting was to discuss things. I think, of course, things can get blown out of proportion. It was a time we really had to look at each other and stand there and kind of get on the same page. It just happened in a forceful manner and sometimes that’s good.”
The Heat won 21 of 22 games after that meeting in Dallas.
“That was a defining moment where the team has to figure out who they are,” Bosh said. “That was the turning point for us. We could have gone the other way.”
Nov 27, 2013 2:35 PM EST
The Dallas Mavericks are positioned to have salary cap room in search of superstar talent in the offseason's free agency, and NBA executives expect the organization to target Chris Bosh.
Bosh is a Dallas native and reportedly received interest from the Mavericks in the summer of 2010 as well.
Bosh has won two championships with the Miami Heat since signing with them and forming a big three along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Nov 26, 2013 3:46 PM EST
Anderson Varejao discussed the chances of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers after bolting the organization in free agency of 2010 and winning multiple NBA championships with the Miami Heat.
“It could happen,” Varejao said Tuesday. “Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home.”
Varejao admitted he did not like the way James left the Cavaliers in July 2010, announcing his decision in a one-hour television special.
“Going back to that, I think the way he left was wrong,” Varejao said. “But regardless … He helped me a lot, helped my game and helped me as a person. I have nothing against him. It could happen.”
The Cavaliers host the Heat on Wednesday night.
Nov 21, 2013 1:54 PM EST
The Miami Heat have been outstanding during their current five-game winning streak, with only their 110-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks being close.
During the streak, the Heat have scored 117.9 points per 100 possessions while giving up 98.68, good for a PPP differential of +19.22.
After beginning the season with a 1-2 record, the Heat are now 9-3.
Nov 18, 2013 3:02 PM EST
LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA Players of the Week.
James averaged a league-best 34.0 points in leading the Heat to a 3-0 week. He led Miami in scoring in all three games and shot .702 from the field (fifth in the league), .625 from three-point range, and .810 from the foul line. On Nov. 15, James tallied 39 points on 14-of-18 shooting and added six rebounds and four assists as the Heat topped the Dallas Mavericks 110-104.
Griffin helped the Clippers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 25.7 points (tied for third in the Western Conference), 11.3 rebounds (ninth in the conference), 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals. He posted a point-rebound double-double in all three games. On Nov. 13, Griffin scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals as the Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-103.
Nov 18, 2013 2:34 PM EST
LeBron James is reportedly close to a deal for an ownership stake in David Beckham's MLS franchise in Miami.
James also owns a stake in Liverpool of the Barclays Premier League in England.
James can become a free agent this offseason, but his involvement in a soccer team in the Miami area further suggests he is likely to re-sign with the Miami Heat.
Nov 17, 2013 1:22 PM EST
The Miami Heat have been very impressed with how Michael Beasley has revived his career during the early part of the season.
Beasley had 15 points on Saturday while playing in a season-high 23 minutes.
"That's Michael Beasley," Dwyane Wade said. "He's a scorer. He's a guy who finds a way to get to the basket, get buckets. He's great for this team."
"I just want him to be great," LeBron James said. "He has the potential; he has the talent. I just want to give him all the knowledge that I've got, help him out. And he can help us, for sure."
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LeBron James has made clear that he will not discuss free agency during the season.
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Erik Spoelstra signed a four-year contract with the Heat on the eve of training camp and may be one of the biggest reasons why LeBron James also re-commits to the franchise this July.
A decision on the 2016 Olympics has not been finalized yet by LeBron James.
Derrick Rose sat out the entire 12-13 season recovering from a torn ACL.
Eric Griffin intrigued the Heat in the Las Vegas summer league and appeared in six preseason games.
Mike Miller believes the Heat bear some responsibility for him being swindled by a con man.
Greg Oden made a surprise preseason appearance in Miami's game on Wednesday against the Pelicans.
The only remaining developmental prospects on Miami's roster are Justin Hamilton and Eric Griffin, but they have taken on reclamation projects in Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.
The value of Chris Bosh to the Heat has become increasingly appreciated as their run together has evolved.
Kevin Durant was ranked second behind LeBron with 6.9 percent of the vote, followed by Kyrie Irving at 3.4 percent.
The Heat received 70 percent of the vote last season.
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