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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dion Waiters Practices For First Time Since January

Dec 18, 2018 9:22 PM

Dion Waiters returned to practice with the Miami Heat for the first time since last January when he underwent ankle surgery.

Erik Spoelstra was quick to caution that it was not a full-contact practice, with the team declining to make Waiters available for comment until he completes such a session.

"He's doing more work right now," Spoelstra said. "He's getting better, making progress."

Spoelstra declined to offer a timetable.

"I don’t know," he said. "Basically, right now it's day-by-day evaluations, but he's doing a lot more on the court, which is good."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

Heat, Pat Riley Have No Interest In Long Rebuild

Dec 16, 2018 8:20 PM

Even with a losing record and a top-10 payroll in the NBA, the Miami Heat lead by Erik Spoelstra and 73-year-old team president Pat Riley refuse to tank their season or undergo a rebuilding process. 

On the topic of whether the Heat should tank their season for a high draft pick, Spoelstra responded “do the history on it. What franchises have had the most enduring sustainable success over the last 24 years? We’re up there with the top three or four. The teams that constantly tank, I don’t know where they are...but if you are hardwired to find a way to get it done without any excuses, you will find different pathways. There’s no one way to do it.”

Other NBA executives have noted the Heat's lack of flexibility in the trade market with Josh Richardson their most valuable piece, but they feel that Richardson would only be available if the Heat could land a star in return. 

The Heat have been frequently linked as a potential destination for John Wall as they believe their unique team culture could rehabilitate any player.

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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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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.

David Wilson/Miami Herald

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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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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
Josh Richardson was on the table in trade discussions between the Heat and Wolves.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 Heatís G League affiliate.

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