Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

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

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


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