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Hornets To Interview Three Additional GM Candidates

Mar 5, 2018 11:25 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have begun to secure permission to interview candidates for their general manager vacancy.

Mitch Kupchak remains a frontrunner to replace Rich Cho.

Charlotte has received permission to speak with Philadelphia 76ers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley, Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, and Miami Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon.

Kupchak has a long-standing relationship with Michael Jordan.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwyane Wade Unsure If He'll Play Next Season

Feb 27, 2018 2:47 PM

Dwyane Wade is genuinely unsure if he will extend his playing career beyond the current season. If Wade does return, it will only be with the Miami Heat.

“I don’t know,” Wade said. “I have told everybody around me that I am taking it after this season and go from there. It’s the first year I’ve ever went into the summer with that mind-set. I always went into it as a free agent or opting out of a deal to get another deal. This is the first summer I can say I’m just going into the summer and see how I feel and see the position this organization is in and go from there. I’m not really concerned with it, honestly. I’m cool with whatever I decide to do. It will be my decision.”

Wade will have to consider whether he has the desire to play.

“Definitely,” he said. “You definitely have to check that. A lot of things go into it. Do you want to put that same grind in again? As you get older, it’s a different kind of grind to get ready for games, to get your body ready. [And] can you mentally go through another year and give it your all and not be checked out in the middle of that season?

“[Udonis Haslem] always talked about, as you get older, you take it year by year. But this is the first summer that I will go into the summer and say I ain’t got much hair left, but I’m going to let my hair down and look at everything as a whole, my family and basketball. Being back here helps that situation for me, makes the decision even easier since now that I’m back already. And sit down with Pat [Riley] and Micky [Arison] and everybody and see what’s best for me and go from there.”

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley Mended Relationship At Henry Thomas' Funeral

Feb 9, 2018 9:57 AM

Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley reconnected their frayed relationship at the recent funeral of agent Henry Thomas.

Thomas represented both Wade and Udonis Haslem, along with Chris Bosh, Tim Hardaway and Shaun Livingston.

Thomas was pivotal in the formation of Miami's Big 3 in 2010.

"Hank's still doing his job from above," Haslem said.

Wade is now back with the Heat less than two weeks later.

"The hug that we embraced was real and it was all we needed," Wade said of the brief encounter with Riley at the funeral. "That's it. That's all we both needed. I walked away and I felt better about everything, without even getting into anything."

"For all of you who know me, warriors don't live in the past. Life is now. And the future is waiting," he said on a conference call. "Based on what happened with Dwyane and us the last couple of years, there's no bitterness and no regrets. We've always talked about that. Micky [Arison] is very pro Dwyane. Coach [Erik Spoelstra] is very pro Dwyane. I am. It was a sad day when Dwyane left and it's a beautiful day that he's back."


Tags: Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

Dwyane Wade Traded By Cavs To Heat

Feb 8, 2018 1:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat for a heavily protected second round pick.

Wade left the Heat to sign a two-year deal with the Bulls in 2016.

After Wade was bought out during the 2017 offseason, he signed a one-year deal with the Cavaliers.

According to Brian Windhorst, Wade had interest in returning to the Heat.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Trade Luke Babbitt To Heat For Okaro White

Feb 8, 2018 12:15 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade Luke Babbitt to the Miami Heat for Okaro White.

Babbitt previously played for the Heat.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Okaro White, Luke Babbitt, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)


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Goran Dragic Named All-Star Game Replacement For Kevin Love

Feb 1, 2018 3:38 PM

Goran Dragic has been named by Commissioner Adam Silver to the NBA All-Star Team in replacement of injured Kevin Love.

Dragic, who will be making his first NBA All-Star appearance, will be the eighth player in franchise history to earn NBA All-Star honors. He also becomes the first player from Slovenia to earn the honor. 

Dragic, a two-time Eastern Conference Player of the Week honoree and just one of only four players to earn the award multiple times this season, has appeared in 46 games (all starts) this season averaging a team-high 17.0 points and a team-high 4.8 assists while shooting 43.7 percent from the field. 

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Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA All-Star

Warriors, Spurs, Heat Atop LeBron James' List, Won't Rule Out Lakers, Rockets, Cavs

Feb 1, 2018 11:40 AM

LeBron James would listen to the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs if they open up a max slot. James would also consider the Miami Heat to a lesser degree. James has the most respect for those three franchises.

James wouldn't rule out the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, as well as re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James won't consider signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Chris Haynes/ESPN (via Jorge Sedeno)

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dion Waiters Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery

Jan 24, 2018 9:01 AM

Dion Waiters underwent successful surgery to repair instability in the left ankle.

A preexisting navicular bone fracture was also repaired.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel and observed by Heat team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick and Heat Assistant Athletic Trainer & Director of Rehabilitation Brandon Gilliam at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California. He will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Waiters has appeared in 30 games (all starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 14.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 30.6 minutes of action.

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

Goran Dragic, Lou Williams Named Players Of The Week

Jan 15, 2018 3:04 PM

Goran Dragic and Lou Williams have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Dragic averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game to lead Miami to an undefeated week.

Williams averaged 35.0 points and 4.8 assists per game last week as the Clippers went 4-0.

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Dion Waiters To Undergo Season-Ending Ankle Surgery
Dion Waiters received second opinions in Los Angeles to finalize his decision.

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Rival Execs Call Justise Winslow Miami's Jahlil Okafor
Justise Winslow has remained in Miami's plans unlike Jahlil Okafor who was traded by the 76ers.

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Serge Ibaka, James Johnson Ejected After Exchanging Punches
James Johnson's appeared to throw a punch at Serge Ibaka's jaw, while Ibaka's punch was at Johnson's chest.

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Heat Uninterested In Considering Goran Dragic Trade
Goran Dragic can become a free agent in 2019.

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Heat Optimistic Of Ability To Trade Expensive Contracts
The Heat are expected to be active in trade talks leading to the deadline

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Skyforce Acquire Matt Williams Jr.
Matt Williams Jr. was previously under a two-way contract with Miami prior to being waived.

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Heat Sign Derrick Jones Jr. To Two-Way Contract, Waive Matt Williams Jr.
Derrick Jones Jr. will replace Matt Williams Jr. on a two-way contract.

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Dion Waiters May Need Offseason Surgery On Ankle
Dion Waiters missed the final 13 games of the 16-17 season due to the sprain but elected not to undergo surgery this past offseason.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Justise Winslow MRI On Knee Negative
The Heat hope Justise Winslow will return within a week.

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Spurs Wish They Could Have Kept Udonis Haslem In 2003
Udonis Haslem was on the Spurs' Summer League team in 2003 but they didn't have a roster spot for him.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Kevin Durant: I Own Some Property On Waiters Island
Kevin Durant and Dion Waiters were teammates with the Thunder.

Andre C. Fernandez/Miami Herald

Hassan Whiteside Out 2-3 Weeks With Left Knee Bone Bruise
Hassan Whiteside has appeared in 15 games this season as he also had an early season injury.

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Dion Waiters Found Knicks Appealing In Free Agency
The Knicks pursued Dion Waiters before signing Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Goran Dragic, Anthony Davis Named Players Of The Week
Goran Dragic and Anthony Davis have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Okaro White Undergoes Successful Surgery On Fractured Foot
Okaro White underwent successful surgery to repair a fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot.

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Okaro White Out Indefinitely With Broken Foot
Okaro White was hurt during what the Heat described as "a freak play" during Tuesday’s practice.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Hassan Whiteside Counseled By Miami's Captains After Benching
Zaza Pachulia made an uncontested layup early in the second half while Hassan Whiteside was arguing with an official, which led to the benching.


Rodney McGruder Undergoes Successful Surgery On Tibia Stress Fracture
A timetable for Rodney McGruder's return has not been set.

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Heat Convert Contract Of Matt Williams Jr. To Two-Way
Matt Williams Jr. appeared in all six preseason games with Miami and averaged 2.2 points in 6.4 minutes of action.

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Rodney McGruder Out 3-6 Months With Stress Fracture In Leg
Rodney McGruder will likely undergo surgery.

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