Player News - Heat

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Unrestricted free agent Hassan Whiteside told at least one Heat teammate earlier this week that he was staying in Miami, according to AP writer Tim Reynolds.

A lot has changed in the past couple days with the Mavericks really making a push on Whiteside. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported early on Friday that he expects Whiteside's deal to be done quicker than most of the big-contract players.
Jul 1 - 1:12 AM

Free agent Tyler Johnson has reportedly drawn interest from the Pelicans, Bulls, Nets and Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Johnson could command $10 million annually with the salary cap spiking. That high price-tag is supported by the fact that multiple teams have registered interest within an hour of the start of free agency, but no matter where Johnson lands it's hard to envision him as a reliable 12-team fantasy option.
Jul 1 - 1:00 AM

The Jazz are expected to be very aggressive on unrestricted free agent Luol Deng, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Free Agent Show.

The report adds the Clippers and Wolves are interested. The Jazz have a decent amount of wings, but do need a little depth at small forward. Rodney Hood broke out last year as one of the main ball-handlers and played very well next to Gordon Hayward, so they are solid in the first unit. Deng's 32.4 minutes per game from last season would likely drop as he heads into his age-31 season.
Jul 1 - 12:56 AM

The Mavericks are expected to meet with Hassan Whiteside soon after the start of free agency at 12:01 am on Friday.

Dallas has missed out on plenty of high-profile free agents over the years, but they'll be very aggressive in pursuit of Whiteside and are reportedly the early "favorites" to sign him. The Mavs aren't expected to chase free agent Chase Budinger, giving them plenty of financial flexibility, and a max-money offer from Dallas could sway Whiteside into a quick decision. Stay tuned.
Jul 1 - 12:09 AM

Luol Deng's agent is expecting a call from the Wolves on Friday morning.

The obvious Tom Thibodeau connection comes into play here. Thibodeau played Deng an NBA-high 39.4 minutes per game back in 2011-12 and the Wolves could use some depth -- Deng can't play huge minutes anymore, though. Minnesota isn't too deep on small forwards and they have some room, so Deng makes some sense.
Jun 30 - 10:46 PM

The Mavericks are emerging as a frontrunner for unrestricted free agent Hassan Whiteside, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Heat have lost ground on Whiteside, according to Wojnarowski. The 2016 All-Defensive Second Team big man looks like he'll be commanding a max deal after turning in only around 1.5 seasons of productivity. If the Mavs are willing to max him, it looks like they might have their center this time around.
Jun 30 - 8:41 PM

Hassan Whiteside will reportedly meet with the Trail Blazers, Mavericks and Heat during free agency.

It sounds like the Lakers are out of the running, and the Blazers don't seem to have much of a shot either as Whiteside is reportedly focused on Dallas or Miami. The shot blocking dynamo's fantasy value will be safe regardless of where he winds up.
Jun 30 - 4:45 PM

Hassan Whiteside is reportedly focused on signing with either the Mavs or the Heat as an unrestricted free agent.

Dallas will be able to offer Whiteside the most money, but Miami is the team that gave him a shot of making a name for himself in the league. Whiteside has said that he wants to make a decision by July 1, so he may make a verbal commitment by midnight. His fantasy value would be safe with either club.
Jun 30 - 2:50 PM

Tyler Johnson could fetch up to $10 million per season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Johnson will be a restricted free agent this summer, so it will be interesting to see if the Heat match any eye-popping offer sheet the 24-year-old receives. While this figure looks askew, $10 million per season for Johnson isn't actually that crazy considering the big jump the salary cap is taking this year.
Jun 30 - 1:29 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp.

The Heat are planning to use Bosh as part of their free agent pitches starting on Friday as the big man is reportedly working towards being ready for the start training camp for the 2016-17 season. Bosh will be a risky fantasy pick after having his last two seasons cut short by blood clots, but he also has enough upside that he could be worth a flier if he falls enough in drafts.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 12:59 PM

The Miami Heat are exploring a trade of Josh McRoberts, according to Ethan Skolnick of the Miami Herald.

The McBob Experiment hasn't gone as well in Miami as it did in Charlotte and Skolnick reports the Heat have been looking to move McRoberts and may need to attach a pick from a third team to facilitate a deal. While McRoberts is still just 29 years old, he won't be much of a 2016-17 fantasy option outside of deeper leagues.
Jun 30 - 10:42 AM

Dwyane Wade's representatives have reached out to the Spurs and Mavericks, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

A recent report suggested that talks between Wade and the Heat have "stalled," possibly because the Heat won't commit to a big contract before Kevin Durant is officially ruled out of contention. It's important to note that, according to Windhorst, "Some of those teams [reached by Wade's reps] are skeptical, thinking that this is a leverage play, thinking they've been down this path before." Wade has played for one franchise throughout his career and it would be surprising to see him anywhere but Miami next season, though anything is possible.
Jun 29 - 7:12 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that he's fully recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for the final four games of Miami's second-round series against the Raptors.

Additionally, Whiteside said that he's been working on extending his range and that he'd like to be able to hit the 15-footer with more consistency, although he acknowledged that most of his buckets will still be coming from close range. "I still love being a true big man that's in the paint," said Whiteside. "I want to keep shooting over 60 percent. I just really want to work on strengthening my legs, so I can dunk even more." Whiteside may switch teams this summer, but he'll be worth a first-round selection regardless of where he winds up.
Jun 29 - 11:40 AM

The Heat are close to reaching a deal on an extension for head coach Erik Spoelstra.

His current contract ends after the 2016-17 season, so it makes sense for the Heat to lock him up now. Heat owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley are big fans of Spoelstra and he's currently the second-longest active tenured coach in the NBA behind Gregg Popovich. The Heat had a 48-34 record last season and made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals despite losing Chris Bosh (blood clots) for the season.
Jun 28 - 9:45 PM

According to ESPN, contract talks have stalled between Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

The report adds that Wade will consider outside offers, so it doesn't like it's a lock that the three-time champion will return to Miami. The Heat have nine free agents and $40 million to spend, but it's not clear if Wade is willing to take a discount so that Miami can pursue targets such as Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside. Things are going to be very interesting on July 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 9:23 PM


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