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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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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Award

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Dion Waiters To Undergo Season-Ending Ankle Surgery

Jan 11, 2018 6:05 PM

Dion Waiters will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured left ankle.

Waiters received second opinions in Los Angeles to finalize his decision.

Waiters decided not to undergo surgery last offseason when he was a free agent. Waiters re-signed with Miami on a four-year, $52 million contract.

Waiters averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 30.6 minutes over 30 games this season for Miami.

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

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Rival Execs Call Justise Winslow Miami's Jahlil Okafor

Jan 10, 2018 9:50 AM

Justise Winslow has been labeled as Miami's version of Jahlil Okafor by multiple rival executives.

Winslow was a highly touted prospect out of Duke in the 2015 draft as Okafor also was at the time. Winslow was limited to 18 games last season and has struggled to establish himself in the NBA.

Winslow has remained in Miami's plans unlike Okafor who was traded by the 76ers.

Winslow hasn't played since early December due to a knee injury.

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Tags: Justise Winslow, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Serge Ibaka, James Johnson Ejected After Exchanging Punches

Jan 10, 2018 9:45 AM

Serge Ibaka and James Johnson were ejected from Tuesday's game following a physical exchange in which they each threw a punch.

Johnson's appeared to throw a punch at Ibaka's jaw, while Ibaka's punch was at Johnson's chest.

“It was a physical moment. We were both trying to be physical. We overdid it,” Ibaka told The Athletic after the game. “In the moment, sometimes you cannot control (your emotions). But I did the best I could to not really punch him in the face, to not really throw a punch. Because the moment (we shoved each other) it was too late, I got ejected. I did my best to not to punch, to not throw a punch in the face. I tried the best I can. I’ve been there before. It can cost you two, three games suspension. I tried my best I could to avoid that.

“I hope the league can see I did that I didn’t punch him in the face and I didn’t deserve a suspension.”

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Tags: Serge Ibaka, James Johnson, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Heat Uninterested In Considering Goran Dragic Trade

Jan 10, 2018 9:36 AM

The Miami Heat have shown no interest in considering a trade of Goran Dragic, according to sources.

Dragic can become a free agent in 2019.

Miami gave up two future first round picks in 2015 to trade for Dragic and re-signed him on a five-year, $90 million contract that offseason.

Dragic is averaging 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season with a PER of 16.0.

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Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Optimistic Of Ability To Trade Expensive Contracts

Jan 10, 2018 9:34 AM

The Miami Heat are expected to be active in trade talks leading to the deadline, according to sources. The Heat have optimism they could trade some of their expensive new contract while rival executives are skeptical.

The Heat have re-signed Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson, Dion Waiters and James Johnson to expensive deals over the past two offseasons.

Johnson's deal elevates to $19 million next season.

Whiteside and Justise Winslow likely represent Miami's best trade package.

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Skyforce Acquire Matt Williams Jr.

Jan 2, 2018 6:56 PM

The Sioux Falls Skyforce have acquired Matt Williams Jr. as a returning player from the Miami Heat

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

Williams Jr. has appeared in 16 games (16 starts) for the Skyforce this season while averaging 9.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in just over 30 minutes per game. Williams Jr. has scored a season-high 18 points on two occasions, most recently against the South Bay Lakers on December 8, a game in which he knocked down a season-high six three-point field goals. The 6-5, 210-pound rookie out of UCF appeared in three games for the Miami HEAT this season, averaging 1.7 points in just under four minutes per contest.

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Heat Sign Derrick Jones Jr. To Two-Way Contract, Waive Matt Williams Jr.

Dec 31, 2017 3:15 PM

The Miami Heat will sign Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-way contract.

Jones was released by the Phoenix Suns in early December. Jones has appeared in 38 games, all with the Suns, over his first two NBA seasons, averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in an average of 15.2 minutes.

The Heat released Matt Williams Jr. from his two-way contract.

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Tags: Derrick Jones, Matt Williams, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, NBA Waiver

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Dion Waiters May Need Offseason Surgery On Ankle

Dec 27, 2017 9:49 AM

Dion Waiters may need to undergo surgery on his chronically sprained left ankle in the offseason.

"Until I take care of it and do what I’m supposed to do with it," Waiters said in the locker room before his team faced the Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena, "even if I have the littlest sprain, it’s going to be like severe."

Waiters missed the final 13 games of the 16-17 season due to the sprain but elected not to undergo surgery this past offseason. Waiters would need a six month recovery.

Waiters signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Heat in July.

"It plays in my mind, but there's nothing I can do now," he said. "I'm already playing.

"At this point, you got to see what's best. But I won't write it off . . . especially if I'm going to keep going through the same thing, even with like little tweaks and things like that.

"When the season is over, after the playoffs and things like that, I'll sit down with my family, my agent and we'll going to take care of it."

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

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Justise Winslow MRI On Knee Negative

Dec 15, 2017 12:00 PM

Justise Winslow’s MRI results on his injured left knee returned clean. The Miami Heat hope Winslow will return within a week.

Winslow suffered the injury on Wednesday night.

Winslow is averaging 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27 games (15 starts). 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Heat Sign Tony Mitchell, Waive Larry Drew II
Tony Mitchell last played in the NBA in 13-14.

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Heat Sign DeAndre Liggins
DeAndre Liggins split last season between the Mavericks and Cavaliers.

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Heat Experimenting With Playing Kelly Olynyk Beside Hassan Whiteside
The Heat believe Kelly Olynyk and Hassan Whiteside can complement each other.

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Dion Waiters Rejected Ankle Surgery With 8-10 Month Recovery
Dion Waiters continues to push through discomfort in his ankle as training camp gets underway.

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Heat Agree Upon Jersey Sponsorship With Ultimate Software
Ultimate Software is listed as the "Official HR/Payroll Provider of the Miami Heat."

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Justise Winslow
Justise Winslow has career averages of 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 29.8 minutes while shooting 40 percent from the field.

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Heat Sign Erik McCree
Erik McCree played three seasons at Louisiana Tech.

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Josh Richardson, Heat Agree Upon Four-Year, $42M Extension
Josh Richardson averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game last season.

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