Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Former Heat F Yakhouba Diawara has signed with the Italian team Varese.

Diawara worked out for a few NBA teams this summer, including the Heat, but ultimately opted to return overseas. He hasn't played in the U.S. since 2010 and isn't likely to make a late-career return to the NBA, where he averaged 3.5 points on 35.7 percent shooting over four seasons.
Aug 20 - 9:55 AM

Toney Douglas has signed a deal to play in China next season.

The Heat were never expected to bring him back with the selection of Shabazz Napier. Douglas showed some promise coming up with the Knicks, and may wind up back on an NBA team after the Chinese season is over.
Aug 18 - 12:13 PM

The Cavs remain optimistic that they will be able to sign Ray Allen prior to the start of training camp.

Allen has stated that he's in no rush to make a decision, and he won't come to a conclusion until the end of September, but it's not outlandish to think he might team up with LeBron James in Cleveland. Wherever Ray lands, he'll be the teams' designated sniper off the bench, but he's unlikely to offer much value to owners in standard leagues.
Aug 17 - 12:34 PM

Ray Allen is not pleased that the media has painted his recent home invasion as a silly prank, and has released a statement to address the issue.

"We want to correct the erroneous information being reported about the crime committed in our home this week," Allen said in his statement. "On Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m., my wife Shannon was awakened by loud voices in our bedroom where she had been sleeping with our four young children. She heard male voices loudly discussing our personal property and sat up in a state of alarm to find at least five people inside our bedroom with large flashlights... The suggestion that anyone can unlawfully enter into someone’s locked home and then into an occupied bedroom in the middle of the night without consequences is unsettling."
Aug 17 - 11:39 AM

Seven 18- and 19-year-old teenagers trespassed into Ray Allen's home in Coral Gables, Florida at around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

His wife, Shannon Walker Allen, was home and scared the trespassers from their property. Nothing was stolen and the intruders said they thought the Allens had moved and just wanted to check out his place. Allen is expected to make his decision about next season soon.
Aug 15 - 11:46 AM

Greg Oden is free to leave the state of Indiana while he awaits trial on battery charges as long as he remains on GPS monitoring, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

The Marion County Superior Court judge Steven Rubick entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Oden and scheduled the 26-year-old's trial for Oct. 22. Oden is charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor battery counts after police were called to his home at 3:30 in the morning on August 7. Oden remains an unrestricted free agent, but this saga will likely put an end to his immediate comeback attempts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 14 - 9:57 AM

Mario Chalmers is expected to see minutes at both PG and SG this season, according to Heat president Pat Riley.

Chalmers spent about 20 percent of his playing time at SG last year, and the move will allow Miami to rest Dwyane Wade without relying too heavily on Danny Granger, James Ennis or Reggie Williams. Chalmers hasn't averaged 30 minutes per game since his rookie season in 2008-09, and he's in line for a statistical boost with LeBron James out of town.

The Heat officially signed Reggie Williams to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Williams has five years of NBA experience, averaging 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his career. He's a solid 3-point threat who should help spread the court as a reserve off coach Erik Spoelstra's bench, making him much more useful in reality than in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 4:03 PM

Ray Allen said on Monday that there's no reason to wait for some secret inside source, because when he reaches a decision on his future, he'll just say it.

There's the non-update, update of the day. Allen has also stated that he's not planning on making a decision until September, so we've got some time to go before hearing the verdict. Stay tuned.
Aug 11 - 4:35 PM

Greg Oden is now facing a felony charge after reportedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.

Oden, 26, was charged in Marion Superior Court Monday with one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury. The felony carries a penalty of one to six years of jail time, and he will have his initial hearing on Tuesday. Oden, an unrestricted free agent, was reportedly going to have a meeting with the Clippers, but this news will likely derail any attempted return to the NBA. This will likely be how the former No. 1 overall pick ends his NBA career.
Source: Indy Star
Aug 11 - 3:01 PM

Jim Tanner, Ray Allen's agent told Yahoo! Sports that Ray is still undecided on whether or not he will suit up for another NBA season.

Tanner added that "any reports otherwise are false." Whether or not Allen decides to give it a go, he's not likely to receive enough minutes to be a viable asset in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 10 - 9:11 AM

Ray Allen intends to play next season, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.

Cleveland is the frontrunner, but it's "not 100 percent definite," per Broussard. The Boston Globe said Allen was expected to play for the Cavs last month and not much has changed since then. If he does come back, Allen won't see major minutes off the bench and is likely just trying to add another ring.
Aug 9 - 6:17 PM

The Heat agreed to terms with Reggie Williams on a contract.

It's just a one-year deal and Williams has a good chance to make the team. The Heat are lacking some serious depth with rookie James Ennis as Dwyane Wade's current backup at shooting guard.
Aug 7 - 10:31 PM

Greg Oden has been arrested on misdemeanor battery charges early Thursday morning.

According to reports, Oden was taken into custody in Lawrence, Indiana after allegedly punching a woman. While the unrestricted free agent had a visit scheduled with the Clippers, this news will likely push those plans to the back-burner. We'll update this situation as more information becomes available, but things aren't looking good for the former No. 1 overall pick.
Aug 7 - 9:07 AM

The Heat have reportedly agreed to sign Tyler Johnson, an undrafted guard out of Fresno State.

Johnson had a solid Summer League, culminating in a 20-point game on July 18, but in all likelihood his contract with the Heat will be unguaranteed. Even if he does make the regular season roster, there's no reason to anticipate fantasy value from the 22-year-old.
Aug 6 - 10:30 AM


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