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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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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

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

Justise Winslow Signs Three-Year, $39M Extension With Heat

Oct 12, 2018 11:31 PM

Justise Winslow has agreed to sign a three-year, $39 million extension with the Miami Heat. Miami holds a team option in the third year of the deal.

Roc Nation completed the deal with Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg on Friday.

Winslow would have otherwise become a restricted free agent in 2019.

After surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum shortened what had began as a promising 2016-17 season, Winslow played 68 games a season ago and averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Heat.

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Report: Pat Riley Hung Up On Tom Thibodeau When Asked For More Assets

Oct 11, 2018 9:42 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat had basically agreed to a trade of Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and a protected first round pick.

The deal progressed to point of the two teams exchanging medical information, but Tom Thibodeau called the Heat back and asked for additional assets.

"Thibs called back and wanted more picks," said Jorge Sedano. "And Pat Riley, literally, I was told, called him a mother-bleeper and hung up the phone."

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

Heat Sign Rodney Purvis, Raphiael Putney, Waive Charles Cooke, DeAndre Liggins

Oct 11, 2018 12:48 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Rodney Purvis and forward Raphiael Putney and waived Charles Cooke and DeAndre Liggins. 

Purvis split last season between the Orlando Magic and their G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. He appeared in 39 games (all starts) with Lakeland, averaging 20.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.41 steals and 38.0 minutes while shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line where he was named to the 2018 G League All-Star Team and was an All-Rookie First Team selection.

Putney appeared in 46 games (36 starts) with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League last season and averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.33 blocks, 1.7 assists, 1.17 steals and 28.8 minutes while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. 

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Wolves Rejected Miami's Offer Of Josh Richardson, Protected Pick For Jimmy Butler

Oct 9, 2018 6:11 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves declined to accept a trade offer from the Miami Heat for Jimmy Butler that was centered on Josh Richardson and a protected first round pick.

With Butler requesting a trade, the trade package offered by Miami is considered very competitive.

Numerous teams have complained in recent days that Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are acting like they really don’t want to make a deal.

But Glen Taylor reportedly has balked at moving forward with the trade with the Heat.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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

Justise Winslow Believes Extension With Heat 'Getting Close'

Oct 9, 2018 12:36 PM

Justise Winslow believes he is "getting close" to agreeing to a contract extension with the Miami Heat.

Players selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft have until Oct. 15 to agree to extensions, otherwise they will become restricted free agents on July 1.

Winslow has also been mentioned in trade talks with the Wolves for Jimmy Butler.

"There's been talks. We're getting close," Winslow said. "I think it should get done."

Last year, four former first-round picks received rookie-scale extension by the October deadline: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Gary Harris and T.J. Warren.

An NBA official from another team said he expected Winslow to move into 2019 free agency because of the surplus of expected salary-cap space around the league. 

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Heat Sign Charles Cooke, DeAndre Liggins, Waive Marcus Lee, Malik Newman

Oct 7, 2018 8:31 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Charles Cooke and guard DeAndre Liggins and waived Marcus Lee and Malik Newman. 

Cooke, who signed a two-way contract with New Orleans on August 1, 2017, split last season between the Pelicans and the Greensboro Swarm and the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA G League. In 25 G League games (10 starts) last season, he averaged 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.40 steals and 25.3 minutes while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. He also appeared in 13 NBA games with the Pelicans, totaling six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 38 minutes of action.

Liggins, a five-year NBA veteran, split last season between the Milwaukee Bucks and the New Orleans Pelicans, appearing in 58 games (four starts) averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12.5 minutes of action. He previously spent time with the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, from 2013-16, appearing in 76 games (74 starts) averaging 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.36 steals and 39.2 minutes while helping the Skyforce to the 2016 G League championship.

Marcus Lee, who was signed by the Heat on August 15, appeared in one preseason game with Miami on October 2 at Charlotte, totaling 10 points, six rebounds and an assist in 12:42 minutes of action.

Malik Newman, who was signed by the Heat on August 6, appeared in two preseason games with Miami, totaling four points, two rebounds and an assist in 21:18 minutes of action.

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Wolves, Heat Nearly Reach Deal On Jimmy Butler Before Talks Collapse

Oct 7, 2018 8:10 PM

Trade talks between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat on Jimmy Butler reached the brink of completion before falling apart.

Minnesota had shared Butler's medical information with Miami late in the week.

Glen Taylor and Micky Arison became involved in the trade talks and there was hope of a call to the league to finalize it. But the Wolves moved to amend the framework of the trade and talks collapsed on Saturday.

Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return.

Talks could pick up again in the future.

Miami's believed willingness to pay Butler something in the neighborhood of a five-year, $190 million maximum contract next summer has played a part in Butler's enthusiasm in pursuing a deal there.

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

Wolves Seeking Bam Adebayo, Josh Richardson, 2019 FRP From Heat For Jimmy Butler

Oct 4, 2018 8:56 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are seeking Bam Adebayo, Josh Richardson and a protected 2019 first round pick from the Miami Heat in exchange for Jimmy Butler.

Minnesota has also attempted to unload the contract of Gorgui Dieng as part of any Butler trade, which would likely necessitate a third team.

Timberwolves executives told other interested teams in the past 24 hours that they didn't have any offers that met the franchise's criteria to honor Butler's trade request and planned to hold on to him until a deal met their requirements.

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.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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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.


RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated break down the NBA’s 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.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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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Udonis Haslem Agrees To One-Year Deal With Heat
Udonis Haslem will continue his NBA career for his 16th season.

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Ray Allen Was Never Close To Returning To NBA
Ray Allen left the NBA in 2014.

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Dwyane Wade Believed To Be Leaning Towards Playing
The assumption is not definite and nobody outside his inner circle truly knows Dwyane Wade's intentions.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Feds Investigating Alleged Money Laundering By Former Kings' Executive
Jeffrey David allegedly diverted $9 million from the Golden 1 Credit Union and another $4.4 million from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation.

Sam Stanton, Darrell Smith/Sacramento Bee

Heat Invite Jarnell Stokes To Training Camp
Jarnell Stokes spent part of the 15-16 season with the Heat.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat Sign Marcus Lee
Marcus Lee averaged 6.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 15.9 minutes per game in Summer League.

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Briante Weber Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Heat
Briante Weber played in a combined 18 games last season with the Rockets and Grizzlies.

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Dwyane Wade Rules Out Playing In China
Dwyane Wade is in no rush to reach a decision after finishing the 17-18 season with the Heat.

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