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NBA trade roundup: Heat reportedly send Shabazz Napier to Magic; Cavs ship Mike Miller to Blazers 07.27.15 at 11:18 am ET
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Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

After just one season with the Heat, Shabazz Napier has been traded to the Magic for a second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Napier, a Roxbury native who was a first-round selection in 2014 after leading UConn to a national championship, was said to be the preferred choice of LeBron James come draft time in July 2014. However, with James departed for the Cavaliers, the Heat made the trade in order to clear $1.3 million in cap space and to gain roster flexibility.

In Orlando, Napier likely sits as a third option at point guard behind sophomore Elfrid Payton and veteran C.J. Watson. Last year, he averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 19.8 minutes per game for the Heat.

The Cavaliers made a crucial move Sunday by sending Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller and two second-round picks to the Trail Blazers for two trade exceptions worth $10.52 million and $2.85 million, according to to Wojnarowski.

Haywood’s contract would have become guaranteed on Aug. 1, so the Cavs needed to make a move with it by then. The trade exception they gained by moving his contract is the largest in the NBA. Last season the Cavs used a trade exception to acquire Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets.

Though Miller is one of James’ closest friends, the Cavs made the move to trade him in order to save roughly $10 million between salary and luxury tax deductions. James was upset in 2013 when the Heat traded Miller for financial reasons, however a source close to James described trading Miller as “the right thing to do” in order to give him career options as he nears retirement.

The Blazers can take on the contracts of Haywood and Miller because they have $25 million in cap space after the departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum and Wesley Matthews. They most definitely will waive Haywood in order to reap the benefits of his $10 million non-guaranteed contract, and it is also presumed they will do the same with Miller. If Miller is released, the Cavaliers will not be able to re-sign him for at least one year.

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Heat at standstill in contract talks 05.29.15 at 8:47 am ET
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Dwyane Wade‘s future with the Heat apparently is in doubt.

The three-time NBA champion, who has spent his entire career in Miami since being drafted in 2003, is preparing for the possibility of leaving the team this summer. According to The Associated Press, contract talks between the two sides are at “an impasse.”

Wade’s contract would pay him $16.1 million next season, and Wade has the right to opt out and enter free agency. According to an AP source, he has not yet decided whether to opt out.

“He’s trying to figure out how things should transpire and if he can reach another agreement with the Heat,” the person said.

Wade took a pay cut last year, opting out of his contract that had two years and around $41 million remaining, in order to give the team more financial flexibility to retain LeBron James.

When James left anyway, Wade signed a two-year deal for $31 million with an option for the second year (next season). Wade has said repeatedly that he wishes to stay with the Heat for the entirety of his career.

This summer, the Heat also are faced with trying to re-sign point guard Goran Dragic.

“We have a backcourt that we’re thinking about that I’ll feel very good about,” team president Pat Riley said in his end-of-season interview about the possibility of a full season of a Dragic-Wade backcourt.

Wade is Miami’s career leader in games, points, assists and steals.

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Heat F Chris Bosh tested for blood clot in lung 02.20.15 at 1:55 pm ET
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Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Heat forward Chris Bosh has been admitted to a Miami-area hospital, where doctors are concerned that he might have developed a blood clot on his lung. If a clot is found, Bosh’s season could be over so that the condition can be treated effectively.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has warned against early speculation about his star forward’s diagnosis.

“Frankly, there’s not a full diagnosis right now,” Spoelstra said. “So for everybody to speculate, right now at this stage it’s very premature.”

Added Spoelstra: “Everybody’s jumping the gun right now. I know there’s a lot out there.”

Bosh has been suffering from discomfort in his back and side over the last few days.

“I have no way of knowing what he’s going through or what he’s feeling,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “I just knew that he wasn’t feeling his best.”

Bosh has received public support from around the league, including from former teammate LeBron James.

“Basketball is a small thing when it comes to health and people’s family,” James said on Friday. “He’s so connected to me that I feel it, for sure. So every minute I’m checking to see if he’s OK.”

The Heat will play the Knicks on Friday night.

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Ray Allen reportedly weighing options for next team 02.09.15 at 10:54 am ET
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Ray Allen reportedly is slated to pick a team to play for in the next 10 days, at some time during the All-Star break. The guard is a free agent and hasn’t played professionally since the NBA Finals back in June.

Teams Allen is considering reportedly include the Cavaliers, Warriors, Hawks, Wizards, Heat and Clippers.

Fox Sports Ohio said that LeBron James and Allen met in late January and that “Allen was said to be concerned with the state of the Cavs at the time.”

James and other ex-Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones “each made a recruiting pitch for Allen to join the Cleveland Cavaliers during the offseason.”

While many teams have expressed interest, most recently, Atlanta is said to have thrown its hat into the ring. Though nothing is imminent, the Hawks “have had discussions with representatives” for Allen, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

As of Jan. 22, it was Washington that had most aggressively been pursuing Allen, per Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com. The Wizards apparently have interest in reuniting Allen with Paul Pierce.

With myriad teams to choose from, Allen’s decision likely will come down to what kind of role he’d be filling with a prospective team.

“If he goes to Golden State, how much is he really going to play there? If he goes to Cleveland, what’s his role going to be? Washington can guarantee a lot of minutes for him off the bench, and I think that’s a big factor in this,” Kennedy told a Washington radio station on Jan. 23.

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Pacers’ Paul George unhappy with officiating: Heat ‘won this game at the free throw line’ 05.27.14 at 9:10 am ET
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The Heat are one win away from their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance after a 102-90 Game 4 win over the Pacers on Monday gave them a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Miami never trailed in the contest and was seemingly in control throughout. However, Indiana guard Paul George wouldn’t attribute it to poor play from the Pacers, or even strong play from the Heat.

Instead, George was pointing his finger at the officiating.

“We outplayed them,” George said after the game. “They won this game at the free throw line.”

George’s case: the Heat had 34 free-throw attempts while Indiana had just 17. The Pacers hit just 11 of those 17 attempts from the line.

“You can’t tell me we don’t attack the basket as much as they attack the basket,” George said. “You can’t tell me we’re not aggressive. Maybe we’re too aggressive. But I feel like we’re just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Maybe this was just home cooking.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Pacers’ Paul George: ‘I blacked out’ following collision with Heat’s Dwyane Wade 05.21.14 at 11:24 am ET
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The fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 87-83 Game 2 loss to the Heat on Tuesday night was a forgettable one. But it was especially hazy for Indiana’s Paul George.

George’s head collided with the knee of Dwyane Wade while the two battled for a loose ball with just under seven minutes left in the game. Wade fell over George on the play, leaving the two shaken up for some time.

George stayed in the game following a Pacers timeout, but not before spending the moments after the play lying face down on the court.

“I blacked out as soon as it happened and then … however much time was remaining, I was just blurry,” George said after the game.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said afterward that George was cleared to play. The team reported that he “answered all questions necessary” and his only symptom was “pain in the back of the head.”

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Dwyane Wade’s benching one of many minor concerns for Heat 01.16.13 at 5:00 pm ET
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As Dwyane Wade sat on the bench and watched his teammates attempt a fourth-quarter comeback against the Jazz on Monday, some saw it as an example of the greater malaise that’s settled over the Heat recently (though they’re still 24-12 and in first place in the conference).

Wade’s benching — if it can be called that, given that it only lasted for one quarter — came after a recent dip in his offensive production, and hasn’t caused much of an uproar in and of itself. The same goes for the Heat’s 1-3 record so far on their Western road trip, in which they’ve beaten only the Kings and lost to the Pacers, Trail Blazers and Jazz.

However, comments and actions from Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh before and during the trip have raised some eyebrows. Despite the fact that the Heat have some of the most talented players in the game, James said after a two-point loss to Portland last Thursday, “We’re not the most talented bunch. We’re not the greatest team. So we can’t afford to just pick and choose when we want to turn it on and off.”

Meanwhile, Bosh is averaging the fewest rebounds of his career yet still campaigned this week on Twitter for fans to vote him into the All-Star Game.

Wade didn’t say anything particularly controversial about sitting out the end of the Jazz game, and neither did Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The incident seems to be just one more facet of the Heat’s internal troubles, minor problems that only will become more detrimental if they’re allowed to drag on.

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Report: Heat, Rashard Lewis agree to two-year contract 07.10.12 at 10:05 pm ET
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The Heat have added another veteran sharpshooter to their roster, as they agreed to terms with Rashard Lewis on a two-year, $2.8 million deal on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst.

Lewis had agreed to a $13.7 million buyout from the Hornets after they traded for him last month and will be taking a pay cut to play with the Heat next season.

The former All-Star spent last season with the Wizards, playing 28 games and averaging 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.

The Heat will be Lewis’ fourth organization, as he has spent his 14 seasons with the Sonics, Magic and Wizards.

Miami will be introducing Ray Allen on Wednesday, and Lewis could be a part of the proceedings, too.

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Report: Heat interested in John Lucas III 07.09.12 at 11:21 am ET
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After agreeing to terms with Ray Allen late last week, the Heat have three open roster spots remaining.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Miami is looking to fill one of those with Bulls free agent point guard John Lucas III.

Last season was the best of Lucas’ career, as he averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 49 games with the Bulls, including a 24-point performance against the Heat in March.

The 29-year-old might not return to the Bulls since the team reportedly has a deal in place with free agent Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich. He told the Chicago Sun Times there are eight teams interested in him.

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Raja Bell said to be interested in joining Heat or Lakers at 10:12 am ET
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Will Raja Bell become the latest aging veteran to join the Heat?

After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Jazz, the 35-year-old reportedly wants to explore the possibility of signing with his hometown Heat. Bell played his high school and college basketball in Miami.

The Lakers also could emerge as a potential destination for the guard, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Two years ago, despite being heavily recruited by Kobe Bryant, Bell chose a three-year deal with the Jazz over less money with the Lakers.

With the addition of Steve Nash, the Lakers could use a defensive-minded guard like Bell to play off the bench.

Bell and Nash played together in Phoenix for 3½ seasons until 2008-09, when Bell was traded to the Bobcats. The Suns reached the playoffs each of their three full seasons together.

While Bell’s skills have declined as he’s aged, he is still widely considered one of the NBA’€™s toughest veteran guards, and he could bring significant value and presence in limited minutes for a contender.

In 34 games for the Jazz last season, Bell averaged 6.4 points, shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39 percent from behind the arc and 84 percent from the line in 23.4 minutes per game.

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