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Dwyane Wade: Luka Doncic's Passing Ability Is 'Lebron James-like'

Feb 14, 2019 2:11 AM

Dwyane Wade said that Luka Doncic's accuracy in passing under pressure was "LeBron-like" following the Miami Heat's 112-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

"Quote me right where I say this – it’s LeBron James-like from the standpoint of how he’s able to rope that pass to shooters in corners, getting blitzed. There’s not many guys who can do that and put it right there. He does an amazing job of it," said Wade following the game.

Wade also exchanged jerseys with Dirk Nowitzki after the final whistle. 

Robby Kalland/Dime Magazine

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers, Heat, Raptors On Trade Wish List

Feb 13, 2019 9:33 AM

Kristaps Porzingis had a wish list of four teams for a potential trade with the Dallas Mavericks omitted. 

Porzingis had the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors on his list, according to two people with knowledge of the list.

The initial reporting following the trade indicated that Porzingis planned to sign the qualifying offer with the Mavericks as a restricted free agent. Comments made since then have suggested a long-term deal between the Mavericks and Porzingis now has a better probability. 

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA: Refs Missed Kevin Durant's Double-Dribble On Final Possession Versus Heat

Feb 12, 2019 12:54 AM

The NBA announced that Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble in what turned out to be the Golden State Warriors final possession in a 120-118 win over the Miami Heat.

The Warriors hit two free throws after the missed call to win the game.

Durant seemingly dribbled the ball off of Justise Winslow, although a replay confirmed that the ball did not touch Winslow.

"It's a double-dribble. Everybody can see it. Those are tough calls to make but everybody saw it. It's right there in front of everybody. That should be a violation and you can't miss those calls. But we had our chances. Like I said, it was back and forth. The officials -- so let's be clear about it, so I do not get fined -- that's not why we lost," said Erik Spoelstra after the game.

Tim Reynolds/The Associated Press

Tags: Justise Winslow, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Suns Agree To Acquire Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington From Heat For Ryan Anderson

Feb 6, 2019 3:58 PM

The Phoenix Suns are nearing agreement on a deal with the Miami Heat of Ryan Anderson for Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington.

Johnson has one season remaining on his contract at $19.3 million.

The Heat will save on the cap and luxury tax in 19-20 with the move.

Ellington could be rerouted to another team before the deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Jones Jr. Out At Least 6 Weeks With Bone Bruises In Knee

Jan 29, 2019 12:35 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. has been ruled out for at least 6 weeks with two bone bruises in his right knee.

Tests on Monday showed no structural damage. Jones will be re-evaluated in mid-March, and the Heat expect him to play again this season.

Jones is averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds on the season. 

ESPN

Tags: Derrick Jones, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Wayne Ellington's Agent Has Discussed Trade With Heat

Jan 21, 2019 10:01 AM

Wayne Ellington's agent has had conversations with the Miami Heat about his role with the team as the trade deadline approaches.

Miami is aware Ellington wants to play.

Ellington told the Miami Herald previously that he would not rule out going to Heat management and asking to trade him to a team where he can play more.

Ellington has the right to reject any trade after signing a one-year, $6.3 million deal.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Wayne Ellington, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dion Waiters Fined By Heat For Post-Game Comments

Jan 17, 2019 11:38 PM

The Miami Heat fined Dion Waiters for comments he made following their 124-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Waiters played just 12 minutes in the loss.

"F--- patience. I want to play. I've been patient. I want to play. I've been patient long enough. What do I got to be patient for? Come on, man. I've been patient. I think everybody knows that. It's time. What are we waiting for? If I'm out there, play me," said Waiters.

Erik Spoelstra stated that Waiters will need to earn his minutes in the rotation. 

"Our team is much different than when he left last year, and while his teammates are really here to support him, nobody is volunteering their rotation minutes to him. It'll have to be earned just like everybody else. These concepts of patience and surrendering to the team, whether we want to put expletives in front of it or behind it, those are going to be very important concepts for him to embrace, and I think he will," added Spoelstra.

ESPN

Tags: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat Could Give Erik Spoelstra More Front Office Power When Pat Riley Retires

Jan 9, 2019 11:42 AM

Erik Spoelstra could be a likely candidate to be given some or all of Pat Riley's decision powers with the Miami Heat when Riley eventually retires.

Spoelstra could receive interest from another team if the Heat decide not to elevate his stature.

Spoelstra has been head coach of the Heat since 2008 and with the franchise since 1997.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Yante Maten Named G League Player Of The Month

Jan 2, 2019 4:52 PM

The NBA G League announced that Miami Heat two-way player Yante Maten has been named NBA G League Player of the Month for games played during the month of December.

Maten appeared in nine games (nine starts) in December, averaging 29.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 59.0 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from three-point range and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. Maten’s December was highlighted by a career-high 42-point, 14-rebound performance in a win over the Stockton Kings on December 2, marking one of seven double-doubles during the month.

In total, Maten has appeared in 20 games (20 starts) for the Skyforce this season and has averaged a team-high 27.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Maten has led the team in scoring on 14 separate occasions and has posted at least 20 points in 17-of-20 games, including nine performances with 30-or-more points.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Yante Maten, Miami Heat, NBA, D-League

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Goran Dragic Out Two Months With Knee Surgery

Dec 19, 2018 12:30 PM

Goran Dragic will miss two months with right knee surgery.

Dragic had missed 12 of Miami's last 14 games due to knee issues.

Dragic had a player option for the 19-20 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESP

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

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Dion Waiters Practices For First Time Since January
Erik Spoelstra declined to offer a timetable for Dion Waiters.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat, Pat Riley Have No Interest In Long Rebuild
Bad contracts and a lack of a true star player have left the Heat with limited options moving forward.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Dwyane Wade Says He And LeBron James Shifted NBA Culture Following Final Matchup
Wade says the friendship between him and James helped each other's careers reach another level.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Hassan Whiteside Leaves Bench Early In Loss
Whiteside went to the locker room with 40 seconds left in Heat loss after sitting out the fourth quarter.

David Wilson/Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade Says Donovan Mitchell 'Wants To Be Great'
Donovan Mitchell sought advice from Dwyane Wade over the summer about the differences between his rookie and sophomore season.

Eric Woodyard/Deseret News

Josh Richardson Throws Shoe Multiple Times Before Ejection
Josh Richardson hit the floor after he thought he was fouled by Josh Hart on a dunk attempt.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Josh Richardson Leads East In On/Off Net Rating
Josh Richardson was on the table in trade discussions between the Heat and Wolves.

Christian Hernandez/Five Reasons Sports Network

Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Rockets.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer (via Silver Screen & Roll)

Heat Never Returned To Jimmy Butler-Josh Richardson Trade Talks
Josh Richardson has had an excellent start to the 18-19 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler
The Rockets, Heat and 76ers have interest in Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pat Riley Tells Players Heat Will Keep Current Roster
The Heat have aggressively pursued a trade for Jimmy Butler, but talks are now dormant.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Heat Not Trying To Re-Engage Wolves On Jimmy Butler Trade
Pat Riley has formally denied a report that indicated he cursed out Tom Thibodeau at the end of their trade negotiations over Jimmy Butler.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Justise Winslow Signs Three-Year, $39M Extension With Heat
The Heat hold a team option in Year 3 of the deal with Justise Winslow.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Report: Pat Riley Hung Up On Tom Thibodeau When Asked For More Assets
The Wolves and Heat had basically agreed to a trade of Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and a protected first round pick.

Jorge Sedano/ESPN

Heat Sign Rodney Purvis, Raphiael Putney, Waive Charles Cooke, DeAndre Liggins
Rodney Purvis and Raphiael Putney split time between the NBA and G League last season.

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Wolves Rejected Miami's Offer Of Josh Richardson, Protected Pick For Jimmy Butler
With Jimmy Butler requesting a trade, the trade package offered by Miami is considered very competitive.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Justise Winslow Believes Extension With Heat 'Getting Close'
Justise Winslow is optimistic he will reach agreement with the Heat on an extension.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Sign Charles Cooke, DeAndre Liggins, Waive Marcus Lee, Malik Newman
DeAndre Liggins played in 58 games in the NBA last season.

RealGM Staff Report

Wolves, Heat Nearly Reach Deal On Jimmy Butler Before Talks Collapse
Minnesota had shared Jimmy Butler's medical information with Miami late in the week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Wolves Seeking Bam Adebayo, Josh Richardson, 2019 FRP From Heat For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler has Miami on his preferred list of destinations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN