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Kendrick Nunn: Heat Are In Playoffs So 'Give That Rookie Of The Year To Kendrick Nunn'

Apr 14, 2020 1:41 AM

Kendrick Nunn said that he deserved to win the Rookie of the Year award over Ja Morant due to the success of the Miami Heat.

"I think people will say that he is Rookie of the Year, but I don't believe it. The most value should be in the wins. And we're both starting guards on teams, and our team has been holding it down. We're a playoff team, so go ahead and give that Rookie of the Year to Kendrick Nunn," Nunn told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Nunn also said that he didn't pay attention to Morant or Zion Williamson's numbers this season.

"I really wasn't watching their numbers or anything like that. I'm just watching them in the game, and see how they're playing and just trying to scout 'em, getting ready to play 'em," said Nunn.

Nunn is averaging 15.6 points and 3.4 assists on the season.

Nunn added that he knew he would be a starter for the Heat during the preseason. 

"When we were getting all the rotations together and figuring out the pieces on the team, the impact that I had offensively was needed for a starting position. So my scoring ability was there, so it made sense for me to start from the start of the season."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Kendrick Nunn, Ja Morant, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Award, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Bobby Webster, Adam Simon Unlikely To Leave Current Teams Amid Interest From Bulls

Apr 6, 2020 4:19 PM

The Chicago Bulls are unlikely to interview Bobby Webster or Adam Simon to run their front office.

Webster and Simon were identified as candidates but both are expected to remain with their existing teams.

Webster is reportedly in line for a new deal with the Toronto Raptors. Simon, meanwhile, grew up in Miami and is well respected by Pat Riley.

Chad Buchanan also withdrew from consideration.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Feared Pat Riley Would Break Up Heat If They Lost To Celtics In 2012

Mar 23, 2020 10:10 AM

During the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat were down 3-2 against the Boston Celtics and LeBron James feared Pat Riley would break up the team if they were eliminated.

The Heat were in Year 2 of the experiment of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

"My mentality was if we lose, [Heat president] Pat Riley may break us all up. And I [didn't] want that," James said. "It might be the quickest breakup in basketball history."

The Heat never seriously considered such action and went on to win The Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat also signed Ray Allen that offseason.

James scored 30 points in the first half of Game 6.

"Not only might they break it all up, but my legacy is going to take a huge, huge hit if I don't go out here and perform at an all-time high," James said Thursday.

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Tags: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Heat To Provide Disaster Relief Assistance For Part-Time Employees

Mar 19, 2020 1:46 AM

The Miami Heat will help provide relief for its part-time employees, as well as provide additional funds to their partners to assist workers during the league-wide shutdown.

The Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation will also donate $1 million to the Miami Heat Charitable Fund in order to "establish an initiative designed specifically for employees and/or other community needs as they arise in the coming months.”

Several teams across the league have established funds to help assist part-time employees.

“We have approximately 1,000 part-timers and they are the backbone of our business. Night in and night out, every single one of these employees works tirelessly to provide our guests and our community with the best experience in sports and entertainment. They deserve our help as we all navigate this unpredictable situation together," said Eric Woolworth, the team's president of business opereations.

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

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Jae Crowder On Time With Heat: 'I Really Want To Make This My Home'

Mar 14, 2020 3:04 PM

Jae Crowder said he felt comfortable in his short time with the Miami Heat, and hopes to re-sign with the team this offseason.

Crowder will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“I really want to make this my home. I feel comfortable here, feel comfortable with the whole organization top to bottom. If everything goes as we plan, I’m sure everybody would like to stay together and build off what we’re doing this year and go into next year with the same mind-set," said Crowder.

Crowder is averaging 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds since getting acquired from the Grizzlies.

The Heat are said to be clearing cap space for the summer of 2021, making a one-year deal the likeliest option.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Jae Crowder, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Jones Jr. Signs Endorsement Deal With Puma

Feb 17, 2020 9:21 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. has signed a multiyear footwear and apparel deal with Puma. Jones won the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest over Aaron Gordon.

Jones wore a white and pink Puma Clyde Hardwood sneaker to sync with the Heat's colorful "Vice Nights" jerseys in the contest.

Puma has circled Jones throughout the season.

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Tags: Derrick Jones, Miami Heat, NBA

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Aaron Gordon After Finishing Second In Dunk Contest: 'I Feel Like I Should Have Two Trophies'

Feb 16, 2020 1:16 AM

Aaron Gordon said he was done participating in dunk contests after finishing in second place to Derrick Jones. 

Gordon also finished second to Zach LaVine in 2016.

"I did four straight 50s -- five straight 50s. That's over. It's a wrap. Let's go home Four 50s in a row in an NBA Dunk Contest, it's over. But I don't know. Who's running the show? ... It's a wrap, bro. I feel like I should have two trophies," said Gordon.

Gordon and Jones went to two tie-breaker rounds, with Gordon dunking over Tacko Fall with his final attempt.

Common and Candace Parker, two judges of the dunk contest, said that the plan was for Jones and Gordon to finish in another tie. 

"We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, 'This is a tie!' But somebody didn't do it right. I don't know who it is," said Common. 

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Tags: Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Jimmy Butler Says Heat Are 'Not Where We Want To Be At, Just Yet'

Feb 15, 2020 1:34 PM

Jimmy Butler said that the Miami Heat still have room for improvement after heading into the All-Star break with a 35-19 record. 

"We're not a bad team, but we're not where we want to be at, just yet. That's OK. I think moving forward we just continue to get better and figure out a way to win games, especially on the road," said Butler.

Butler did express his excitement over the overall state of the Heat.

“I’m excited for where our teams is, to tell you the truth, because we’re only going to get better. Everybody cares and everybody wants to win. I think that’s a mentality that you have to have to do something special. I’m happy with this group. I think everybody’s happy with this group," he added.

Erik Spoelstra echoed Butler's sentiment that they must improve on the road.

"Nobody wants to go 1-4 on the road trip. But, you know, it doesn't take the eternal optimist to see that there are some good things going on in this locker room."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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76ers Had Interest In Re-Signing Jimmy Butler On Max Extension

Feb 11, 2020 1:15 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers traded for Jimmy Butler and he led them all the way to a Game 7 against the eventual champion Toronto Raptors, but they were unable to re-sign him in free agency.

It has been unclear which side between Butler and the 76ers was more responsible for the parting of ways.

A source tells Nick Friedell of ESPN that the 76ers had interest in signing Butler to a max contract extension, but they pivoted to re-signing Tobias Harris once negotiations with Butler reached an impasse. 

Butler went to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade in which the 76ers acquired Josh Richardson.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler To Joel Embiid: I Know A Place Where Villains Are Welcome

Feb 11, 2020 9:50 AM

Jimmy Butler replied to Joel Embiid's cryptic social media post on Monday evening.

Embiid posted a photo of himself silencing the crowd in Philadelphia after hitting a key three-pointer with the quote "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain" as the caption.

Butler and Embiid were teammates last season.

Butler replied "I know a place where villains are welcome." Butler presumably was referencing the possibility of Embiid joining the Miami Heat. Embiid cannot become a free agent until 2023 and the Heat almost certainly don't have enough assets to trade for him relative to what rival teams could offer.

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andre Iguodala: Grizzlies Approached Me About Not Reporting

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Andre Iguodala Says He's 'Excited About Basketball Again' After Joining Heat

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Heat Acquire Iguodala, Crowder, Hill From Grizzlies For Winslow, Waiters, Johnson

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Heat Acquire Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill From Grizzlies

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Danilo Gallinari, Heat Discuss Contract Extension To Help Finalize Three-Team Trade

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Thunder Discussing Danilo Gallinari Three-Way Trade With Heat, Grizzlies

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Heat Acquire Andre Iguodala From Grizzlies With Two-Year, $30M Extension

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Heat Trying To Trade For Both Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari

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Heat, Grizzlies In Advanced Talks On Andre Iguodala Trade

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Ja Morant, Kendrick Nunn Named NBA's Rookies Of The Month For January

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Heat Pursue Trade With Grizzlies For Andre Iguodala

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Heat Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari

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Jimmy Butler Says Bam Adebayo Is 'No Doubt' An All-Star

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Dion Waiters Takes 'Full Responsibility' For 'Immature Decisions'

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Justise Winslow Expected To Miss At Least 2 More Weeks

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Heat Could Have Interest In Either LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan

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Heat Sign Kyle Alexander To Two-Way Contract

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Erik Spoelstra: There's A Reason Why We Chased Jimmy Butler So Hard, Backed Up The Brink's Truck

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Heat To Convert Chris Silva From Two-Way To Standard NBA Contract

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Jimmy Butler, T.J. Warren Fined By NBA

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