Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Pat Riley hinted that he fully expects to re-sign Dwyane Wade this summer.

"He wants to win, I think, as much as he wants to do anything," Riley said. "Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs…He’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable and so we’re going to do the right thing. There’s no doubt." While Wade is fully expected to return to Miami, it's unclear if he's willing to take a discount to give his team more financial flexibility in free agency.
May 27 - 10:26 AM

Dwyane Wade again re-stated his desire to finish his career with the Miami Heat.

"I don’t want to be on the market at all," Wade said of his impending free agency. "I’m not curious at all. I want to get to it [with the Heat]. I want to be able to sign my deal and move on and not have to deal with any rumors, any free agency, any this, any that. This is where I want to end my career. So we’ll figure it out." Pat Riley echoed Wade's sentiment saying, "We know where he belongs… He’s a lifer." Expect Wade's free agency to be handled quickly sans surprises.
May 26 - 5:14 PM

Goran Dragic had reportedly pledged to re-sign with the Suns before they traded him in 2015.

According to Ken Berger of CBS, Dragic had told the Suns he would re-sign with the team before they traded him. "Within days of [Jeff] Hornacek having a heart-to-heart with Dragic and securing a commitment from the Slovenian point guard to re-sign with the Suns as a free agent the following summer, the Suns shipped him to Miami in a three-team trade, a person familiar with the situation told CBS Sports," Berger wrote. While this changes the perception of the Suns' haul a bit, this news is more just an interesting tidbit as Dragic is coming off his first full season with the Heat.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 11:32 AM

Tyler Johnson said that he wants to focus on getting his body right this summer.

"The next aim is to get my body right, to be able to sustain a whole 82-game season and then the playoffs," Johnson said. "I thought I that I was making a lot of great strides at the beginning of the season and I'm going to continue to improve on, obviously, those things as far as ballhandling, finishing at the basket. I think that my biggest strides are going to be mentally and getting my body right." Johnson won't need any offseason procedures on his shoulder, but he will have to be mindful of it during activities such as weight training. The restricted free agent will likely be back with the Heat next season as one of their backup combo guards.
May 22 - 10:28 AM

Pat Riley said that Hassan Whiteside hasn't reached his ceiling yet.

"He’s 26 years old, he’s a game changer. I don’t think he’s even reached his real ceiling in a couple of areas of the game," Riley said. "And I think that now he’ll be more comfortable once his situation ends." Riley has said that Whiteside will be the Heat's No. 1 priority this offseason, but the big man will likely be a first-round pick in fantasy next season regardless of where he lands in free agency.
May 22 - 10:01 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

According to Dan Le Batard of ESPN, the Heat are expecting Chris Bosh (blood clots) to be available next season.

We've heard conflicting reports on this for a while now and it doesn't help that the Heat haven't been very transparent. Pat Riley recently refused to put a timetable on Bosh's return and there have even been some reports that the Heat fear that Bosh might not be able to play again. Hopefully we will get some more clarity on the situation soon.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 12:56 PM

Pat Riley wants Dwyane Wade to work on his 3-pointers this summer.

"Maybe he could become a 40 percent, 38 percent 3-point shooter," Riley said of Wade. "I wouldn’t give him an open look. Once he went to work with the coaches on it, that shot, if he had to take it, was normal. That would be a big added part of his game next year because nobody ever thinks he can do that." Wade's 3-point shot has always been his biggest weakness, but he did shoot 52.2 percent from deep in the postseason and that could give his fantasy value a boost next season.
May 20 - 9:47 AM

Pat Riley said that Udonis Haslem can return to Miami next season if he wants to.

The Heat won't be in a hurry to re-sign him this summer as they will have more important priorities, but it sounds like the veteran will likely sign a minimum deal with the Heat for at least one more season. Haslem averaged just 7.0 minutes in 37 appearances this season and isn't close to being on the fantasy radar.
May 20 - 9:30 AM

Miami Heat president Pat Riley said the team wants to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

The 26-year-old is one of the more intriguing free agent options on the market, but Riley doesn't intend on letting him leave Miami. He's obviously, I think, our No. 1 priority. Period. You don't have to look further than that," Riley said. "While there might be players out there in free agency, our No. 1 priority is Hassan Whiteside." While Whiteside may end up with a new team, he'll go into 2016-17 as a first-round fantasy target after a huge 2015-16 season.
Source: USA Today
May 19 - 12:34 PM

Heat president Pat Riley views Josh Richardson as a shooting guard.

"Josh is not going to run offense for you," Riley said. "He can get you into offense. He will have to develop a catch-and-shoot jump shot game, catch-and-shoot threes. What I like about him best to this day ... is his defensive ability, his competitiveness, his character." Richardson shot 53.3 percent from downtown after the All-Star break, averaging 1.7 triples per game, and he'll be a big part of Miami's attack in 2016-17.
May 18 - 7:41 PM

Pat Riley referred to impending free agent Luol Deng as part of Miami's "core," and said the Heat will do "everything [they] can do to keep him."

"He's a great leader, high character guy," Riley said. "We love him. I consider him one of our core people." Deng is 31 years old and coming off a mostly healthy, productive season with 74 games played and averages of 12.3 points, 1.2 threes, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and only 1.1 turnovers. He said he hopes to re-sign with Miami, and the interest is mutual.
May 18 - 7:36 PM

The Heat will send staff to Europe to work with Goran Dragic.

The team isn't cutting corners on working with their point guard. Dragic had himself a very nice series against the Raptors, averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.3 steals and 1.3 treys. He started the season slow, so maybe a good offseason program can help him out.
May 18 - 4:18 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Pat Riley said there is no timeframe on Chris Bosh (blood clot).

"It's going to have to be done in a way that we all feel good about," Riley said. This isn't a big update for a team that didn't even list a reason for Chris Bosh being out on their injury report. Bosh and Heat are trying to work on a plan to get him back, but none of their team doctors look to be willing to clear him while playing on blood thinners. His career could be in jeopardy.
May 18 - 3:53 PM

Pat Riley said Hassan Whiteside will be contacted at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 for free agency.

Needless to say, he's Miami's top priority. Perhaps no player increased his salary more than Whiteside, who could now be looking at a max deal. With Dwight Howard appearing to be past his prime, Whiteisde figures to be the top free agent rim protector this summer.
May 18 - 3:48 PM

Goran Dragic said during his exit interview that he will suit up for the Slovenian National Team this summer.

Dragic also said that he would like for the Heat to play with pace next year, and it's easy to understand why as his numbers spiked to 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 4.6 boards and 1.0 steal per game on 48.5 percent shooting after the All-Star break. Chris Bosh's (blood clots) future will likely determine the direction of the Miami franchise, but Dragic has made it known that his preference is to play at an uptempo pace. He should go somewhere in the mid-rounds on draft day.
May 17 - 3:01 PM


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