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NBA's Tampering Investigations Into Bulls, Heat Remain Ongoing

Oct 19, 2021 9:32 AM

At his annual State of the NBA address, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked for an update on the tampering investigations into the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Silver only said, "That process is still ongoing."

Both the Bulls and Heat are being investigated for circumventing free agency rules by entering into early agreements with Lonzo Ball (Chicago) and Kyle Lowry (Miami). It's believe that both the Bulls and Heat are facing fines and potential loss of draft picks, if it is found they jumped the gun in free agency.

There is past precedent here, as the Milwaukee Bucks were made to forfeit a 2022 second round pick. The Bucks were found to have illegally agreed to acquire Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings via a sign-and-trade transaction, before free agency had opened.

In Lowry's case, as soon as 2021 free agency opened it was reported that the Heat, Lowry and Toronto Raptors had agreed to a sign-and-trade transaction sending Lowry to Miami. This type of deal involves the player negotiation a contract with the new team, and then the two teams agreeing on trade parameters.

For Ball, it was a similar situation between himself, the Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans. Like Lowry, Ball's deal was reported just moments after free agency opened.

NBA teams are not allowed to negotiate contract terms, nor sign-and-trade agreements, until after free agency opens. It's a regular occurrence for contract terms to be announced seconds after the negotiating period is live. It is rare for those deals to involve somewhat complex sign-and-trade agreements.

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Erik Spoelstra Considered Best Head Coach By NBA GMs

Oct 5, 2021 11:30 AM

Erik Spoelstra is considered the best head coach in the NBA, according to a survey of general managers.

Spoelstra received 55 percent of the vote. Last season, Spoelstra received 46 percent of the vote.

Monty Williams, Quin Snyder and Gregg Popovich each received between 10 and 20 percent of the vote.

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RealGM Radio: Nekias Duncan, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division (2021)

Sep 27, 2021 4:53 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nekias Duncan of The Dunker Spot podcast and BasketballNews (@NekiasNBA) and Mike Prada of Prada’s Pictures Substack (@MikePradaNBA) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

They discuss how the Heat, Wizards, Magic, Hornets and Hawks fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, NBA, RealGM Radio

Caleb Martin, Heat Agree To Two-Way Deal

Sep 14, 2021 2:04 PM

Caleb Martin has agreed to sign a Two-Way deal with the Miami Heat.

Martin spent his first two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Tags: Caleb Martin, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Sign Micah Potter, Ja'Vonte Smart, Dru Smith To Camp Deals

Sep 10, 2021 9:21 PM

The Miami Heat have signed Micah Potter, Ja'Vonte Smart and Dru Smith to training camp deals. All three contracts are non-guaranteed.

Potter went undrafted out of Wisconsin at the 2021 NBA Draft. The 6'10'' center started his career at Ohio State before finishing his final two seasons with the Badgers. As a senior, Potter averaged 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He had shooting splits of 50/39/84 in his final collegiate season.

Smart was an Early Entry candidate in 2019, 2020 and 2021. He stayed in the draft in 2021, but went undrafted out of LSU. The 6'4'' guard was a three-year starter for the Tigers. As a junior, Smart averaged 16 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He also upped his shooting splits to 46/40/86 in his final year in college.

Smith went undrafted out of Missouri at the 2021 NBA Draft. The 6'3'' point guard started his college career at Evansville before transferring to Missouri for his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Smith averaged 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

All three players are likely to become Affiliate Players for the Heat's G-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2021-22)

Sep 3, 2021 1:49 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Magic (10:15), Pistons (17:03), Cavs (26:13), Wizards (33:59), Raptors (39:59),  Hornets (47:37), Knicks (52:45), Bulls (57:37), Pacers (1:04:55), Hawks (1:08:16), Celtics (1:12:54), Heat (1:19:50), 76ers (1:26:07), Bucks (1:34:12) and Nets (1:42:09).

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Heat Sign Marcus Garrett To Two-Way Contract

Sep 2, 2021 9:03 AM

The Miami Heat are signing guard Marcus Garrett to a Two-Way contract. Garrett played for Miami at Las Vegas Summer League, following going undrafted at the 2021 NBA Draft.

Garrett averaged just 7.7 points per game at Summer League, but showed up defensively. In his appearances, Garrett made life difficult for multiple players who were more-highly regarded with his on-ball defense.

As a senior at Kansas, Garrett averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He also improved his shot. Garrett finished the year at 46% overall and 35% from behind the arc.

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Tags: Marcus Garrett, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Sign DJ Stewart To Training Camp Deal

Aug 17, 2021 2:30 PM

The Miami Heat have signed D.J. Stewart to a training camp contract. Stewart's deal is fully non-guaranteed and is set up for him to eventually join Miami's G-League team ,the Sioux Falls Skyforce, as an Affiliate Player.

As redshirt sophomore in 2020-21, the 6'6' wing averaged 16 points per game for Mississippi State. Stewart then played for Miami during Summer League.

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Udonis Haslem, Heat Agree To One-Year, $2.6M Deal

Aug 11, 2021 4:21 PM

Udonis Haslem haș agreed to re-sign with the Miami Heat on a one-year, $2.6 million deal.

Haslem haș played in less than 100 minutes in each of the past four seasons, playing in less than three in 20-21.

Haslem has been with the Heat since the 03-04 season and turned 41 in June..

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Tags: Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler, Heat Agree To Four-Year, $184M Extension

Aug 7, 2021 3:46 PM

The Miami Heat have signed Jimmy Butler to a four-year, $184 million contract extension.

Butler is extending off of his $36 million salary for the 2021-22 season and holds a player option for $37.6 million in the 2022-23 season.

The deal will keep him under contract through the 2025-26 season.

"Jimmy is the anchor and face of our franchise along with Bam [Adebayo] and Kyle [Lowry]," Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. "With Jimmy, we get an All-NBA player, an All-NBA Defensive player, tough as nails and a complete player across the board. He's very deserving of this contract as he continually puts himself at the top of the league at his position. Having him in the Heat organization has been a great, great coup for us."

The Heat acquired Butler in a sign-and-trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and led the franchise to The Finals in his first season.

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NBA Investigating Tampering With Bulls, Heat

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Kyle Lowry Signs Three-Year, $85M Deal With Heat

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Omer Yurtseven, Heat Agree To Two-Year Deal

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Victor Oladipo Agrees To One-Year Deal With Heat

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Derrick Rose Received Interest From Pelicans, Bulls, Heat, Wizards Before Re-Signing With Knicks

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Mavericks 'Not Eager' To Acquire Goran Dragic At His $19.4M Salary

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Markieff Morris Agrees To Sign One-Year Deal With Heat

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Heat Pull Qualifying Offer To Kendrick Nunn

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Nemanja Bjelica, Warriors Agree To One-Year Deal

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Gabe Vincent, Heat Agree To Two-Year, $3.5M Deal

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Max Strus, Heat Agree To Two-Year, $3.5M Deal

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Dewayne Dedmon, Heat Agree To One-Year Deal

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P.J. Tucker, Heat Agree To Two-Year, $15M Deal

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Duncan Robinson, Heat Agree To Five-Year, $90M Deal

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Kyle Lowry Agrees To Join Heat On Three-Year, $90M Deal

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Jimmy Butler, Heat Expected To Agree To Four-Year Extension Worth Up To $181M

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Mavericks, Pelicans Begin Pivoting To Other Point Guard Options

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Heat Emerge As Frontrunners For Kyle Lowry In Sign-And-Trade

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Heat Interested In DeMar DeRozan

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Nicolas Batum To Receive Interest From Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Pacers

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