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Dwyane Wade Says He And LeBron James Shifted NBA Culture Following Final Matchup

Dec 11, 2018 2:12 AM

Dwyane Wade says he and LeBron James shifted the culture of competitiveness throughout their NBA careers following the Miami Heat's 108-105 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. With Wade retiring this summer, it was the last regular season matchup between the two players.

After the game, Wade discussed the influence of the 2003 NBA draft class that featured him and James. Wade stated that "we were definitely part of shifting the culture. I don't want to say changing it, we shifted a little bit. Even from the start with us, being so close, going out to eat, going to movies, etc., then go out and play each other the next night. People didn't understand that at first. But we shifted the culture of how you can still compete, you can still be great and push each other. It's not for everyone. You got the Mamba mentality, if it's not for Giannis, it's not for everyone. It's something that worked for us. We clicked from the beginning and we've pushed each other and helped each other's careers go up another level and another notch. So he's been great for me and I've been great for him". 

James finished the game with 28 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds. Wade added 15 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds. 

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

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Hassan Whiteside Leaves Bench Early In Loss

Dec 5, 2018 1:47 AM

Hassan Whiteside headed to the locker room with 40 seconds left in the Miami Heat's 105-90 loss to the Orlando Magic. He didn't play in the fourth quarter.

When asked for an explanation, head coach Erik Spoelstra responded that Whiteside was "probably extremely upset like we all are" after the Heat were outscored 30-12 in the third quarter.

Whiteside finished the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. He is averaging 13.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks on the season.

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Dwyane Wade Says Donovan Mitchell 'Wants To Be Great'

Dec 3, 2018 1:44 AM

Dwyane Wade called Donovan Mitchell "special" following the Miami Heat's 102-100 win over the Utah Jazz. The two players exchanged jerseys following the game as Mitchell scored 18 points and Wade added 15 points in the matchup. 

Drawing comparisons to the Heat guard, Mitchell reached out to Wade over the phone for two hours to seek advice about the leap between his rookie and sophomore year last summer. 

Averaging 15.4 points in 25 minutes this season, Wade added that he's having fun coming off the bench with coaches encouraging him to shoot 6 3-pointers per game. 

“Outside of probably my better friends in the league, Victor Oladipo and Donovan Mitchell are two of the guys I talk to the most,” Wade said. “They’re just guys who are similar in how our games structure and guys who really want it and want to be great.

“We was on the phone for two hours,” he continued. “I don’t talk to nobody for two hours no more, but he wanted to pick my brain, he had a lot of great questions and we just talked about the game. We talked about my first year to my second year, how did I make the jump, and he had a lot of great questions.”

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

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Josh Richardson Throws Shoe Multiple Times Before Ejection

Nov 19, 2018 11:17 AM

Josh Richardson threw one of his shoes into the stands before being ejected from Sunday's loss by the Miami Heat to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I don't want to talk about it. It was a series of events," Richardson explained after the loss. "I got caught up.

"I wasn't really thinking about much," he added. "I was thinking about how frustrated I was. And going forward I can't let that happen."

Richardson hit the floor after he thought he was fouled by Josh Hart on a dunk attempt. As Richardson was on the floor, his shoe came loose and then he flicked it initially right in front of him and then showed it to official Kevin Scott. As play resumed and Richardson was given his fifth personal foul, he threw it against the scorer's table. 

When Erik Spoelstra motioned Richardson to head to the bench, Richardson flew his shoe into the stands and he was then given a technical by Scott before ejecting him.

"You saw a competitive will come out," Spoelstra said. "I think probably what you saw more than anything and I agree with Josh -- not throwing his shoe into the stands, that's unacceptable -- but going in for the dunk when there's some contact there and he lost his shoe ... from my angle it looked like there was contact."

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Josh Richardson Leads East In On/Off Net Rating

Nov 16, 2018 2:43 PM

Josh Richardson has an on/off net rating differential of +20.3 this season, which ranks first in the Eastern Conference amongst rotation players. The Heat have a net rating of +6.7 with Richardson on the floor and -13.6 without him.

Richardson was on the table in trade discussions between the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Heat pulled him after the Wolves rejected a trade offer.

Richardson is on a four-year, $42 million contract.

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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony

Nov 14, 2018 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Houston Rockets and a number of teams have emerged as potential destinations should he either be traded, waived and claimed, or signed as a free agent.

“I heard three teams I think it can be for Melo, and this could change—I mean, he’s still with Houston—New Orleans, Portland and the L.A. Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard,” said Kevin O'Connor.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated previously reported that the Lakers "are done" making any free agent signings in the short-term. Spears reported that the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers could also be interested in Anthony.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Never Returned To Jimmy Butler-Josh Richardson Trade Talks

Nov 12, 2018 11:52 AM

The Miami Heat never returned to Jimmy Butler trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves passed on a deal before the season that would have included Josh Richardson.

Richardson has had an excellent start to the 18-19 season, which presumably decreased Miami's motivations to make a trade for Butler.

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler

Oct 31, 2018 2:56 PM

Tom Thibodeau is not believed to be ready yet to seriously negotiate a trade of Jimmy Butler.

The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers have interest in Butler.

Butler will miss Wednesday's game, but he has told associates that he plans to play against the Warriors on Friday night.

Butler and his agent are frustrated by the Wolves slowly moving to honor his trade request.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pat Riley Tells Players Heat Will Keep Current Roster

Oct 18, 2018 10:47 AM

Pat Riley informed the locker room of the Miami Heat that he would stick with the current roster to start the season in a show of loyalty the organization has for their current players.

The Heat have aggressively pursued a trade for Jimmy Butler, but talks are now dormant.

Miami has built their trade offer around Josh Richardson.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Josh Richardson, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Not Trying To Re-Engage Wolves On Jimmy Butler Trade

Oct 12, 2018 11:35 PM

Pat Riley has formally denied a report that indicated he cursed out Tom Thibodeau at the end of their trade negotiations over Jimmy Butler.

"As to what has been reported in the past 24 hours, I have too much respect for Tom Thibodeau and all that he’s accomplished in this league," Riley said of the Timberwolves coach and team president. "Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations, but I do admit to telling Danny Ainge to..."

Multiple reports indicated the Heat nearly acquired Butler from the Wolves last week.

The Heat, according to a source familiar with the dealings, "are not trying to re-engage" in Butler the talks.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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Jimmy Butler Won't Hold Out To Force Trade
The Wolves have been focused on trade talks with the Heat.

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Heat Considered Most Likely Destination For Jimmy Butler
Miami wants Jimmy Butler immediately and would be unable to pursue him in 2019 due to their lack of cap space.

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Wolves Continue To Seek Return For Jimmy Butler Beyond What Teams Offering
Sources are skeptical of Tom Thibodeau's desire to make a deal.

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Jimmy Butler Informs Wolves Of Preference To Be Dealt To Heat
Jimmy Butler initially had the Clippers, Knicks and Nets on his wish list.

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
The Nets, Pistons, Rockets, Clippers, 76ers, Blazers and Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Jimmy Butler.

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Anthony Carter Hired By Heat As Player Development Coach
Anthony Carter will be involved in all aspects of player development for the Heat and implementing Miami's player development and mentorship programs with the Heat’s G League affiliate.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
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Dion Waiters Unlikely To Be Ready For Start Of Season
Dion Waiters underwent surgery on Jan. 23 to repair instability in the left ankle.

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Dwyane Wade Announces He'll Sign One-Year Deal With Heat
Dwyane Wade will retire following the 18-19 season.

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RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division
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Dwyane Wade Still Not Prepared To Make Decision On 18-19
Training camp is beginning in less than two weeks but Dwyane Wade is not ready to make a decision.

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Heat Exercise Third-Year Option On Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.8 minutes while shooting 51.2 percent from the field as a rookie.

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