Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Mario Chalmers said he was surprised about LeBron James leaving the Heat.

"I never thought anybody would want to leave Miami for Cleveland but you grow up and you move on," Chalmers said. "That's what happened and there's no love lost." LeBron yelled at Chalmers more times than most people can count and it should be interesting to see his demeanor with the different roster. Chalmers' fantasy value figures to increase now that he'll have more responsibilities on offense.
Jul 19 - 12:53 PM

Heat sign G Shabazz Napier.

He hasn't played very well in summer league, making just 27.7 percent of his shots in Vegas and 27.3 percent of his shots in Orlando. Napier being so small has really hurt his ability to get a good shot, and it's even kept him from getting a clean look from beyond the arc. He has an opportunity in Miami, but it's not going to be easy.
Jul 19 - 9:31 AM

Mike Miller has been recruiting Ray Allen to join him and LeBron James in Cleveland.

"With LeBron James, you are going to win 55 to 60 games regardless," Miller said. "Now it's about what you do in the playoffs. For us, even with the young talent that they have there, you’ve got to bring guys that have been there before, even if they are not giving you heavy minutes. Because those are the guys that understand the preparation, the adjustments, things like that can really bring those guys along. And then you build it from there." Allen is contemplating retirement, but the ageless veteran could still contribute to an NBA team with his clutch shot making and picture perfect jumper. Stay tuned.
Jul 18 - 1:20 PM

Unrestricted free agent Ray Allen is talking with the Cavaliers and Rockets while continuing to contemplate retirement.

Allen is still undecided on whether he wants to return for another NBA season, or retire after 18 years in the NBA. He has reportedly been in talks with both the Rockets and Cavaliers, but is yet to speak with his former team. "We knew that he wanted to take some time and be patient to see where he is," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We'll see what happens." Whether he chooses to play next season or retire, Allen will go down as the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the NBA.
Jul 16 - 12:02 PM

The Heat signed F James Ennis on Tuesday.

"We were excited to draft James a year ago and have been impressed by the growth of his game," Pat Riley said. Ennis is 24 years old and he spent last season developing in Puerto Rico, so there's a chance that he'll earn a spot in Erik Spoelstra's bench rotation behind Luol Deng. He has 3-point range and solid defensive skills, but it would take a series of unlikely events for him to emerge as a fantasy option.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 6:40 PM

Udonis Haslem has agreed to re-sign with the Heat with an expected annual salary of $2.7 million.

The deal will be for one or two years, and it represents a major sacrifice for Haslem since he opted out of a $4.6 million player option this summer. He's the ultimate team player and he'll likely retire with the Heat, whom he's played for since 2003, but fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day.
Jul 15 - 4:09 PM

Dwyane Wade has finalized a multi-year contract with the Heat, which the AP is reporting as a two-year deal with a player option in the second year.

As fantasy owners know all too well, Wade's knees caused him to be rested during back-to-back sets last season, and he wound up missing 28 regular season games. He should have a bigger role offensively with LeBron James gone, but it's debatable whether Wade can still carry the burden of being a No. 1 option on a daily basis. He gave up money in the short term by opting out of his two-year, $42 million deal this summer, but he's still expected to make around $16-17 million next season.
Jul 15 - 2:55 PM

Dwyane Wade's next contract with the Miami Heat is expected to start at $15 million per season, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

While it won't be the $20M+ that Wade was owed if he didn't opt out of his contract prior to free agency, it is still quite a bit more than most were expecting Wade to make if LeBron James re-signed with the Heat. Wade's 2013-14 averages of 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.5 steals don't look so bad on the surface, but are a lot tougher to stomach for fantasy owners when considering that the only played 54 games. Wade will be expected to take on more of a leadership role alongside Chris Bosh now that James has taken his talents back home to Cleveland, but isn't worth an early-round fantasy selection due to the headaches that come with his games missed.
Jul 15 - 11:13 AM

The Miami Heat officially renounced their rights to Udonis Haslem on Monday.

Falling into the Heat's two-year plan, Haslem looks primed to re-join the team on a $2.7 room mid-level exception. Haslem only averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 46 games last season, so it goes without saying that the 34-year-old's fantasy value is essentially non-existent at this point in his career.
Jul 15 - 11:06 AM

The details of Mario Chalmers' two-year deal with the Miami Heat have been released.

Chalmers will make $4.0 million during the 20140-15 season and $4.3 during the 2015-16 season. Chalmers will serve as the de factor starting point guard heading into training camp and should provide more fantasy value than in previous seasons, as long as he can hold off Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier.
Jul 15 - 11:01 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh believes that even without LeBron James, Miami can still compete for a championship.

"I think right now we have the correct infrastructure to compete for a championship," Bosh said. "We have to get much better at certain positions, and there’s a bunch of things that have to continue to happen. But you know a team like the Spurs, they had a lot of guys that people underestimate, but as a team, they were outstanding." Miami's new Big Three of Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Chris Bosh isn't quite as intimidating as the one that included LeBron James, but they will still be able to compete at a high level. Chris Bosh will now be a primary scorer for Miami, and he will look to reestablish himself as an elite talent in the league after being a third-wheel the past four years.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 14 - 1:41 PM

Unrestricted free agent Ray Allen is reportedly contemplating retirement.

Allen is in no rush to select his next team, as he's not sure whether he wants to play, or call it quits on his career. Allen is the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point makes with 2973, and over 19-years of professional play Allen has shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. Needless to say, if Mr. Allen chooses to retire, the NBA will be losing one of the best shooters to ever play the game.
Jul 14 - 9:37 AM

Updating a previous report, Chris Andersen and the Heat have reportedly agreed on a multi-year contract.

Pat Riley lost LeBron James in free agency but he's done an admirable job keeping the rest of his team's core intact, while adding Josh McRoberts and Luol Deng to fill out the roster. Birdman was also pursued by the Cavaliers but the 36-year-old opted to remain in South Beach as Miami tries to claw their way back to the NBA Finals.
Jul 13 - 8:20 PM

Free agent PG Mario Chalmers will re-sign with the Heat on a two-year contract.

"Proud to say I'm back [with] the Heat," he wrote on Twitter. "Heat nation we still here." Details of his contract haven't been disclosed, but Chalmers slots in as Miami's default starting PG with Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier backing up the position.
Jul 13 - 6:21 PM

Dwyane Wade is not expected to finalize a new contract with the Heat until Monday at the earliest.

There's no doubt that D-Wade will stay with the Heat, and Pat Riley is preoccupied with other moves to flesh out the roster. Miami has already signed Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Luol Deng, in addition to retaining Chris Bosh, and both Wade and Mario Chalmers are expected to re-sign in the near future.
Jul 13 - 5:02 PM


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