Player News - Heat

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LeBron James has all the information he needs from teams and will no longer take meetings, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

The report has been confirmed by USA Today's Sam Amick, Marc Spears of Yahoo!, and ESPN's Chris Broussard, so these reports are almost factual. LeBron met with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday and didn't make a decision, so that will go down as one of the most important free agent meetings in NBA history. It's certainly interesting that he won't meet with the Cavs (unless a secret meeting went down last weekend) because David Blatt is new to being an NBA coach and David Griffin is their new general manager. Hopefully, he'll have a decision in the next couple days.
Jul 9 - 10:53 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

David Aldridge is reporting that Chris Bosh doesn't have a contingency plan with the Rockets in case LeBron James leaves the Heat, which is contrary to most other reports out there.

Aldridge says he's been told "strongly' that Bosh has no deal with the Rockets, which would mean the signing of LeBron by any team would still result in mystery theater across the rest of the league. There's still a decent chance Bosh could end up in Houston, with LeBron going 'home' to Cleveland, but we'll obviously have to wait and see what becomes of 'The Decision, Part II.'
Jul 9 - 10:09 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh has decided to sign with the Rockets if LeBron James leaves the Heat, according to ESPN.com.

This isn't really a breaking report and the word on the street has been Bosh isn't going to play in Miami without LeBron. It's hard to believe the Heat will suddenly be left out of the free-agency game of musical chairs after things looked so great when Dwyane Wade opted out of the last two years of his deal worth $41.5 million. Chandler Parsons agreed to an offer sheet, which means the Rockets will have three days from Thursday morning to match. Obviously, they would love a decision from Bosh before those three days are up.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 9 - 9:19 PM

LeBron James left the meeting with president Pat Riley without committing to a deal with the Heat, according to Yahoo! Sports.

There are some reports surfacing that he's going to announce his decision on his website, but it's all just a guessing game right now. LeBron could make his decision before he goes to the World Cup Final on Sunday, but even that is just a guess at this point. The Heat may have been hoping to get a deal done, so today probably didn't go as well as they hoped. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron does not have a meeting scheduled with Cleveland at this time.
Jul 9 - 7:39 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

There has been "communication flowing" between Chris Bosh's camp and the Rockets on Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The report adds Houston would be a landing spot for Bosh should LeBron James not return to Miami. Bosh has made it clear he'd like to play with LeBron, but that scenario has become more unlikely. He may be a bigger part of the offense in Houston compared to Miami, but he isn't likely to see a big boost in fantasy value just because of his tremendous efficiency while with the Heat. Specifically, he's set a career high in true shooting percentage in each of his last two seasons, posting a sterling 59.7 percent last year.
Jul 9 - 3:46 PM
James Jones - G/F - Heat

The Cavs have pursued unrestricted free agent James Jones.

Of course they are. LeBron James likes Jones as a teammate, so that has something to do with it. Jones would only be an end-of-the-bench guy and would likely just come at the league minimum, so it wouldn't hurt Cleveland's cap space.
Jul 9 - 2:46 PM

LeBron James arrived for his basketball camp in Las Vegas on Wednesday, as expected.

LeBron Watch has taken over. He'll have a meeting with Pat Riley, assistant GM Andy Ellsburg and his agent, Rich Paul, later today. Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra and Micky Arison will not be there. Yahoo! reported on Tuesday that James spent Monday night with Wade, so the two are still in contact. As strange as it seems, the Heat seem less likely to bring back LeBron compared to when he opted out last week.
Jul 9 - 2:33 PM

The Cavaliers are reportedly pursuing free agent Ray Allen.

This is a transparent move to lure LeBron James back to Cleveland, as Allen has said that he'd like to continue his career alongside LBJ. It's doubtful Allen will make any decisions before LeBron, but Cleveland has nothing to lose by expressing interest in Allen (and leaking it to the media). If the Cavs fail to land LeBron, they're expected to pursue Trevor Ariza and other free agents with their copious salary-cap space.
Jul 9 - 11:21 AM

By trading Jarrett Jack, Tyler Zeller and Sergey Karasev on Wednesday, the Cavaliers cleared enough cap space to offer LeBron James a max contract.

The Cavs also gave up a future first-round pick to complete their cap-clearing trade, after LeBron's agent reportedly urged the Cavs to clear space for a max deal in recent days. The stage is now set for LBJ to choose between signing with the Heat or the Cavaliers, the two teams believed to be his finalists. James is scheduled to meet with the Heat on Wednesday afternoon, but there have been no indications of when he might announce his decision.
Jul 9 - 11:09 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski reportedly said on Fox Sports 1 Tuesday that LeBron James has narrowed his choices down to the Heat and Cavaliers.

If Woj said it, it's likely true. And it makes sense, as those are the two teams we've been hearing about in regards to LeBron for several days. We're still not sure why he's not considering the Suns, as it seems like he'd be a perfect fit in Phoenix, but it sounds like he's either going to return to Miami or Cleveland. It likely depends on what Chris Bosh does, as he's considering a max offer from the Rockets. If Bosh breaks up the Big 3, LeBron could wait and see if Carmelo Anthony would join him (taking a pay cut) in Miami, or bolt for Cleveland, who now looks like a solid up-and-coming team. Either way, the deadline is drawing near and we expect a 'Decision' in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Jul 9 - 12:24 AM

LeBron James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The meeting has been known about for days, and Riley recently took steps to shape Miami's roster by agreeing to deals with free agents Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. LBJ's agent has also met with the Cavaliers, Lakers, Mavericks, Rockets and Suns, but this feels like somewhat of a two-horse race between Miami and Cleveland. Free agent contracts can officially be signed on Thursday but there's no indication of when LeBron might make his decision.
Jul 8 - 6:40 PM

Pat Riley is confident that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh will return to Miami.

Riley will reportedly meet with James in Las Vegas on Tuesday, while Bosh mulls a max offer that he has received from the Houston Rockets. Riley didn't make the splash most were expecting by signing Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger on Monday, but that hasn't diminished his confidence. The Heat president remained confident that the Big 3 will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. Riley's phone conversations don't guarantee anything, but the fact that he isn't hitting the panic button should come as good news for Heat fans.
Source: USA Today
Jul 8 - 9:34 AM

Unrestricted free agent Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Heat.

Granger will take the bi-annual exception with Miami, and will have a player option on the second season. Granger's days of a being a star player are behind him, but he's a solid locker room guy, and maybe he can be a half-decent role player for Miami. Through 12 games with the Clippers last season Granger averaged 8.0 points, and 2.3 rebounds on 42.9 percent shooting, so he is clearly no longer a fantasy option in any league.
Jul 7 - 3:44 PM

Unrestricted free agent Josh McRoberts has reportedly verbally committed to sign with Miami.

The deal is reportedly for the full mid-level exception for four-years, and $23 million with a player option after the third year. McRoberts is a solid role player, and a stretch four that can spread the floor with his shooting and passing abilities. While McRoberts was a sneaky low-end contributor last year, his statistical output in Miami is unlikely to help a fantasy squad. The Hornets lose their starting power forward, which opens up the door for Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh to compete for minutes. It will be interesting to see how the rotations in Charlotte develop, and we'll be monitoring that situation closely.
Jul 7 - 3:11 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

The Rockets have reportedly offered unrestricted free agent Chris Bosh a max deal of 4-years, $96 million.

After Bosh's weekend conversation with LeBron James, and the Heat's offer for substantially less, Bosh is reportedly "strongly considering" a move back to his home state of Texas. Bosh's career took a bit of a hit when he became the third wheel of the Big Three, but before he came to Miami he averaged 24.0 points, and 10.8 rebounds during his last season with the Raptors. Bosh is still an elite talent in the league, and he may decide he deserves to be paid like one. That being said, if James returns to Miami, Bosh will follow.
Jul 7 - 2:12 PM


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