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Rodney McGruder Undergoes Successful Surgery On Tibia Stress Fracture

Oct 17, 2017 8:44 PM

Rodney McGruder underwent successful surgery to repair a left tibia stress fracture. The 90-minute procedure was performed by Dr. Charles Jordan and Heat team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital.

He is expected to begin rehabilitation in one week. A timetable for his return has not been set.

McGruder appeared in five preseason games (five starts) with the Heat, averaging 7.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 22.3 minutes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range.

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Heat Convert Contract Of Matt Williams Jr. To Two-Way

Oct 15, 2017 11:44 AM

The Miami Heat have converted the contract of Matt Williams Jr. into a two-way contract.

Williams Jr., who was originally signed by the Heat on July 24, appeared in all six preseason games with Miami and averaged 2.2 points in 6.4 minutes of action. He scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range in a win vs. Washington on October 11. Williams Jr. previously appeared in eight Summer League games (six starts) with the HEAT in Orlando and Las Vegas and averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line. He started all six games in Las Vegas with Miami and shot 45 percent from three-point range, leading the team in three-point field goals made four times, including a 5-of-8 performance from beyond the arc vs. Washington on July 10 and a 6-of-9 output from downtown vs. Memphis on July 15.

The University of Central Florida graduate finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (274) and became the 18th player in program history to score at least 1,000 points.

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Rodney McGruder Out 3-6 Months With Stress Fracture In Leg

Oct 13, 2017 12:39 AM

Rodney McGruder will miss three to six months with a stress fracture in his left leg.

McGruder will likely undergo surgery.

McGruder was expected to start for the Miami Heat for the second straight season.

Coming out of Kansas State in 2013, McGruder went undrafted before eventually emerging with the Heat.

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Heat Sign Tony Mitchell, Waive Larry Drew II

Oct 12, 2017 2:03 PM

The Miami Heat have signed forward Tony Mitchell and waived guard Larry Drew II. 

Mitchell has appeared in 78 NBA G League games (52 starts) and averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 points, 2.8 assists, 1.28 steals and 32.7 minutes while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. He earned G League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 while being named to the All-G League First Team and All-G League Rookie Team. The 2013 All-Star also captured back-to-back Slam Dunk titles in 2013 and 2014. Mitchell has spent the last three seasons overseas playing for a variety of teams, most recently he split last season between three teams, appearing in 35 games (13 starts) averaging 13.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 21.6 minutes while shooting 42 percent from the field.

Mitchell has appeared in three career NBA games, all with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-14 season, totaling six points, one rebound, one assist and a steal while shooting 60 percent (3-of-5) from the field.

Drew II, who was signed by the Heat on September 5, appeared in one preseason game totaling one rebound, one assist and a steal in 5:00 minutes of action on October 5 at Brooklyn.

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Heat Sign DeAndre Liggins

Oct 10, 2017 3:30 PM

The Miami Heat have signed DeAndre Liggins. 

Liggins, who was originally signed by the Heat to two 10-day contracts in 2014, spent two seasons with Miami’s NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them capture the 2016 Championship after appearing in 34 games (33 starts) and averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 2.06 steals and 38.4 minutes while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from three-point range and 71.1 percent from the foul line. 

Liggins split last season between the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers appearing in 62 games (19 starts) and averaged 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.5 minutes of action. He has appeared in 119 career NBA games (20 starts) averaging 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 9.9 minutes while shooting 41.4 percent from the field.

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Heat Experimenting With Playing Kelly Olynyk Beside Hassan Whiteside

Oct 4, 2017 9:53 AM

The Miami Heat are interested in experimenting with playing Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk together during the preseason.

Olynyk signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Heat in the offseason.

“They will have the ability to play together,” Erik Spoelstra said. “How much will depend. Their games are so different. Their skill sets complement each other.”

Whiteside is intrigued by the combination, saying Olynyk is “a really good passer. He can space the floor. He's physical. So it's going to be good.”

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Dion Waiters Rejected Ankle Surgery With 8-10 Month Recovery

Sep 27, 2017 4:00 PM

Dion Waiters said he decided not to undergo ankle surgery last March, which would have forced him to miss eight to 10 months.

The Miami Heat re-signed Waiters on a four-year, $52 million deal.

Waiters continues to push through discomfort in his ankle as training camp gets underway.

"Some days you're going to feel great, some days it might be just one of them days," he said following practice at Florida Atlantic University. "You have to push through it and be smart about the whole situation.

"The swelling just started going down. It's still a little bit swollen but it's not how it was before."

Waiters missed the final 13 games of last season as the Heat narrowly missed out on the playoffs.

"When I found out, it was only two choices," Waiters said. "I'm not a big fan of surgery, so I try to avoid surgery. I didn't want to be out eight to 10 months. I asked for another solution, 'What’s another way we can go about it?' We went that route, just getting it stronger, keep getting treatments every day all day. That's all I really do. But it’s fine, though. I’m good, man."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Heat Agree Upon Jersey Sponsorship With Ultimate Software

Sep 21, 2017 12:07 PM

The Miami Heat have agreed upon a jersey sponsorship deal with Ultimate Software.

Ultimate Software is listed as the "Official HR/Payroll Provider of the Miami Heat."

The patches are limited to 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

The NBA is projecting approximately $100 million in new revenue with their jersey sponsorship initiative. 

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Justise Winslow

Sep 19, 2017 12:11 PM

The Miami Heat have exercised their fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow. 

Winslow, who was originally selected by the Heat in the first round (10th overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft, has appeared in 96 career games (23 starts) with Miami averaging 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 29.8 minutes while shooting 40 percent from the field.

Winslow was one of eight Heat players to average double-figures in points (10.9) last season, marking the most for any team in the NBA. The former NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection appeared in 78 games in 2015-16, becoming just the fifth rookie to lead the HEAT in games played during a single-season. 

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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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Heat Interested In Dwyane Wade If He Takes Bench Role
The Heat have a $4.3 million exception to offer Dwyane Wade if he becomes a free agent.

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Heat Sign Larry Drew II
Larry Drew II played in the G-League last season.

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Dwyane Wade Hasn't Ruled Out Heat, Lakers, Clippers
The Heat would certainly consider re-signing Dwyane Wade.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Heat To Have Josh Richardson Push Justise Winslow For Starting SF Job
Josh Richardson is more of a natural guard but he has enough length to defend small forwards.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of For The Win break down the Southeast Division.

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Jordan Mickey Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Heat
Jordan Mickey appeared sparingly in 41 games with the Celtics over the past two seasons.

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Heat Expected To Make Extension Offer To Josh Richardson
The Heat could offer Josh Richardson a contract up to four years in length and for as much as $41 million in total value.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Heat, Josh Richardson Expected To Discuss Extension
Josh Richardson can be offered as much as $43 million over four seasons.

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Heat Deny Offering Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
The Heat have rarely denied trade reports in the media.

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Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Wolves, Knicks, Heat Make Offers For Kyrie Irving
The Cavaliers are seeking a package similar to what the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony in 2011.

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Heat Sign Derrick Walton Jr. To Two-Way Contract
Derrick Walton Jr. averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in Summer League.

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Heat Sign Matt Williams
Matt Williams appeared in eight Summer League games with the Heat and averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the field.

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Udonis Haslem Agrees To One-Year Deal With Heat
Udonis Haslem's deal will be fully guaranteed.

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Willie Reed Agrees Upon One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Clippers
Willie Reed went undrafted in 2011 out of Saint Louis and played several seasons in the G-League.

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Heat Included $5.1M In Josh McRoberts Trade With Mavericks
Miami took back the contract of A.J. Hammons from the Mavericks, who is guaranteed $1.3 million this season and $1.5 million next season.

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James Johnson Agrees To Four-Year, $60M Deal With Heat
James Johnson earned $4 million last season with the Heat.

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Heat To Send Josh McRoberts, Future 2nd Rounder To Mavs For A.J. Hammons
The Heat are clearing cap space to re-sign James Johnson.

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Kelly Olynyk Agrees Upon Four-Year, $50M Deal With Heat
Kelly Olynyk has agreed upon a four-year, $50 million deal with the Heat.

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