Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Ray Allen is in no rush to make a decision on his NBA future.

The 39-year-old is reportedly weighing retirement against playing for a top contender, but it doesn't sound like he's close to a decision. "I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done." While the Spurs, Cavaliers, and Clippers have all expressed interest in Allen, he doesn't hold much fantasy value at this point in his career.
Source: The Courant
Sep 2 - 9:15 AM

Juwan Howard has been promoted from player development coach to assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

The Heat demoted assistant coaches Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo to make room for Howard on the bench. Juwan was part of Miami's 2012 championship team, and was the only member of the Fab Five to win a championship (although he was more of a locker room presence than a contributor to the stat sheet when they won). Howard had a long and successful NBA career, and now he will embark on the path of coaching.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 11:18 AM

While the Heat would love for unrestricted free agent Ray Allen to return to Miami, they understand that that is an unlikely scenario.

Those close to Ray say that he's conflicted about whether to retire or sign with a top contender. The Spurs, Cavs, and Clippers have all expressed interest in acquiring the veteran's services, but as it stands right now, nothing is imminent. Allen would not offer much fantasy value wherever he lands.
Sep 1 - 10:02 AM

The Spurs are among the teams pursuing free agent Ray Allen, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Cavaliers have been in the hunt for Allen since LeBron James signed with the Cavaliers, and the Clippers and Mavericks are also interested in the NBA's all-time 3-point leader. Allen, a two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star, still hasn't ruled out retiring this summer at age 39.
Aug 30 - 9:15 AM

The Clippers will reportedly make a push to sign unrestricted free agent Ray Allen.

The Clippers will only be able to offer Allen the veteran's minimum (which is also true for the Cavs), but it's difficult to see him landing a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Whether he reunites with LeBron James in Cleveland, or Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, he should not be targeted in standard leagues.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 7:06 PM

Toney Douglas has a deal to play in China during the 2014-15 season, but could still return to the NBA this year.

Douglas took part in a free agent workout with the Lakers on Tuesday and hopes to hook on with the team after the Chinese Basketball Season ends in February. Douglas' deal with the Jiangsu Dragons allows him to sign an NBA contract before Sunday, but his agent said that the workout with the Lakers was more of a preemptive showcase.
Source: USA Today
Aug 28 - 10:25 AM

Unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley underwent a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers for a second time on Tuesday.

The Lakers hosted free agents Beasley, Greg Stiemsma, Dexter Pittman, and Daniel Orton (among others) as they attempt to fill their final two roster spots. Beasley is still just 25 years old, but has struggled to live up to the promise that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft and shouldn't be on any fantasy radars even if he is able to hook on with the Lakers.
Source: USA Today
Aug 28 - 9:58 AM

The Heat signed G/F Shannon Brown on a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

It sounds like a guaranteed deal and he should make the team. Miami has some serious concerns on the wing with the oft-injured trio of Dwyane Wade, Danny Granger and Luol Deng expected to lead the way. Brown will compete with Shawne Williams, Reggie Williams and rookie James Ennis for playing time. He's not worth drafting in almost any format.
Aug 27 - 4:11 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas' agent denied that Big Z is attempting an NBA comeback at age 39.

The supposed comeback was reported on ESPN but has since been called a "false rumor." The Cavs are looking to add depth at center behind Anderson Varejao, but they're not going to find the help they're after with Ilgauskas, who retired in 2011 after playing 12 seasons with Cleveland and one with Miami.
Aug 27 - 9:29 AM

Rookie Shabazz Napier is struggling with getting used to the NBA's leather basketball.

"My biggest thing is getting comfortable with that basketball," Napier said. "That's one of my biggest problems and it's kind of ironic, because it's a basketball. But it's different than a college basketball." There is a substantial difference between the balls used in the college game and the NBA, but you rarely hear of a player complaining about it. Napier will eventually get it figured out and we doubt it has much of an impact on his game, but it is likely part of the reason he struggled in Summer League. He'll get some run in Miami this season, but he still doesn't look like someone who should be targeted in standard leagues.
Aug 26 - 1:26 AM

An anonymous source for the Heat gave the Miami Herald three reasons why the franchise is uninterested in bringing back Michael Beasley.

The source cited that Beasley is inconsistent, he can't be trusted on the defensive end, and there are still concerns about his focus and maturity. These aren't exactly revelations, as his careless, uninspired, trigger-happy play on the court has been well documented, but these types of statements will make it a bit harder for Beasley to find his next contract. If Beasley is able to secure a deal with an NBA franchise, he's destined for a bench role, and is not likely to have any impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season. Move along.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 25 - 2:50 PM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is reportedly attempting a comeback to the NBA.

He's 41 years old and has been retired for six years, so it's fairly close to impossible he's back on the court for the Cavs. He's a fan favorite and the Cavs suddenly becoming a championship-caliber team is alluring, which explains why he's probably considering it.
Aug 25 - 12:13 PM

Chris Andersen doesn't resent LeBron James for leaving Miami.

"He's a great guy," Andersen said of James. "But we've got a bunch of great guys on the team, as well. He's going to be highly missed. We really loved him as a teammate. He's a good person. He got a big heart. But we've still got to play ball, regardless." Andersen also stated that he is fully recovered from the deep thigh bruise that limited him during the playoffs last season, but with averages of 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in just under 20 minutes per game last season, he doesn't really warrant standard league consideration.
Aug 24 - 11:56 AM

With Michael Beasley's No. 8 already assigned to newcomer Shawne Williams, it appears that Beasley's days as a member of the Miami Heat are numbered... again.

Beasley, currently an unrestricted free agent is still in search of a contract, but feels he has matured since being selected No. 2 overall in the 2008 draft. "I've grown," Beasley said. "Just like you can look back and say I did a lot of things I'm not proud of. Take it in stride, grow up and move on with life. So, I've grown. I'm more mature about situations." Beasley had a workout for the Lakers in late July, but other than that, things have been quiet. Beasley is highly unlikely to have an impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Aug 24 - 11:34 AM

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


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