Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Hassan Whiteside said that he hopes that he'll be able to make his free agent decision by July 1.

Whiteside is going to receive plenty of max offers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and some of those max deals will likely come via the Lakers and Mavericks. Miami won't be able to offer him as much money as the aforementioned clubs, and while Whiteside acknowledged that not having a state tax in Miami will factor into his decision, he also understands that he could get traded which makes signing at a discount a risky endeavor.
Jun 26 - 4:11 PM

The Lakers plan to "aggressively pursue" Hassan Whiteside in free agency, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

In other words, it sounds like they might offer him a max contract. The Lakers have a gaping hole at center with Julius Randle logging the overwhelming majority of his minutes at power forward, so they will be investing most of their cap space on a center. The Heat have made him their top priority and are likely the frontrunner to have him next year.
Jun 25 - 2:22 PM

Justise Winslow said that he would eventually like to be the face of the franchise.

"And being part of an organization that over the past 10, 13 years has sort of been built around one guy, it’s just something to look forward to," Winslow said. "I know there’s a lot of work to be done." He had an impressive rookie season, particularly on the defensive end, averaging 6.4 points, 5.2 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 28.6 minutes. Winslow wants to work on his shooting mechanics this summer and also his movement, "to be more explosive and make more plays off the dribble." If the Heat are unable to re-sign Luol Deng, Winslow's role could grow significantly.
Jun 25 - 11:31 AM

Hassan Whiteside reportedly would prefer to stay with the Heat if it works out financially.

Translation: Whiteside will stay with the Heat if they offer him a max deal. The Mavs have reportedly made Whiteside one of their top free agency targets, while teams such as the Lakers and Blazers have also been linked with the big man. With the salary cap jumping up to $94 million, Whiteside is going to get his max deal.
Jun 24 - 11:01 AM

Michael Carrera will play for the Heat during the summer league.

The undrafted free agent averaged 14.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal per game for South Carolina during his senior season. Luol Deng is a free agent this summer, so the Heat do have a need at small forward.
Jun 24 - 10:14 AM

The Mavs have reportedly made Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley their top two free agency targets.

The Mavs expect to be granted a meeting with Whiteside during the early hours of free agency, and while Whiteside's preference would be to remain with Miami, other teams around the league will be able to offer him significantly more money (assuming Chris Bosh doesn't retire). Whiteside should be able to rack up first-round value regardless of his jersey. A Conley signing in Dallas would queue the end of Deron Williams' tenure with the Mavs.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 5:06 PM

Justise Winslow is planning on participating in summer league games this year.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra had previously said he expected Winslow to appear in a few summer league games, so Winslow's comments fall in line with that plan. The extra experience will help as the 20-year-old takes the next step in his development, and he could be an intriguing late-round option in 2016-17 drafts if the Heat move on from Luol Deng.
Jun 23 - 1:10 PM

The Heat have extended a qualifying offer to Tyler Johnson, making him a restricted free agent.

Miami will now be able to match any contract that Johnson signs as a free agent, and chances are that he'll be back with the Heat next season. Johnson is coming off an injury riddled campaign in which he only made it through 32 games, so he might want to sign a short term deal with how low his value is right now.
Jun 21 - 5:10 PM

Keith Benson will play for the Wolves' summer league team.

The 27-year-old forward had a training camp deal with the Heat last season, but he spent the year in the D-League after the Heat waived him. Benson has only played in three NBA games with the Warriors back in the 2011-12 season.
Jun 20 - 12:44 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Udonis Haslem said that he recently spoke with Chris Bosh (blood clots), and Bosh told him that he's feeling "great."

Bosh may be feeling great, but the blood clotting thing remains a serious issue, and the Heat have yet to offer a firm timetable for when he'll be cleared to return to the court. Miami is reportedly hopeful that Bosh will be able to play next season, but if he's taking any blood thinning medication, a relatively minor fall could have catastrophic consequences.
Jun 16 - 6:36 PM

Udonis Haslem said that he did not require surgery to repair his torn plantar fascia, and he expects to be 100 percent when Miami's training camp opens up next season.

Haslem will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but there's zero reason to believe the Heat-lifer will be donning a new jersey next year. He'll sign for the veteran's minimum and will basically serve as an emergency depth kind of guy on the roster. In other words, his fantasy value is nil.
Jun 16 - 2:50 PM

Khem Birch has signed with Olympiacos of Greece.

Birch is a former D-League All-Star, but has yet to play in the NBA. With this signing, he moves even further off the fantasy radar than he already was.
Jun 16 - 12:18 PM

Justise Winslow said that he's "going to take a huge leap" after the work he puts in this summer.

Winslow is confident that he will "make an even bigger impact next season," something we wouldn't bet against considering what he showed during his inaugural campaign. As for what he'll prioritize during the offseason, Winslow said that he will work on shooting and "being able to move better on the court."
Jun 13 - 9:45 AM

Luol Deng would like to re-sign with the Miami Heat.

There is a deal to be made here as the Heat have expressed their desire to keep Deng, but he'll likely have to pass up a larger contract to re-sign with Miami. "I enjoyed every bit of it, so going forward, I would love to be here," he said. "It’s something that we’ll sit down and discuss. I can’t really say one bad thing about being here." While the 31-year-old averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists. 1.0 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers in 2015-16, he's not worth much more than a later-round pick in standard fantasy leagues no matter where he signs.
Jun 2 - 11:11 AM

The Heat are expected to extend a qualifying contract offer to Tyler Johnson, a move that will make him a restricted free agent.

Johnson previously said that he expects to return "barring something crazy," and we don't anticipate that happening given Johnson spent most of this year rehabbing from shoulder surgery and other teams will be limited in what they can offer the young guard.
May 30 - 9:35 AM


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