Player News - Heat

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Dwyane Wade took less money to keep Udonis Haslem with the Heat.

When LeBron James was in Miami, he was not interested in taking a pay decrease to keep Haslem on the roster, so Wade is the one who sacrificed. It's just one example of the Heat's franchise icon doing something to help his team, and now it's time for them to repay all of the favors Wade's done over the last several seasons.
Jun 1 - 9:03 AM

Hassan Whiteside said he wants to improve on "everything" this offseason.

"I just want to build on last season. I don’t want to get complacent, I want to keep improving," said Whiteside. "I want to improve everything - defense, offense, post moves, everything." Whiteside was one of the better stories of the 2014-15 season, and it'll be exciting to see what he can do in a full 82-game season. It's a positive sign that he's already hitting the gym hard, and after putting up averages of 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on 61.2 percent shooting as a starter last season, he should be off the board by the third-round in standard fantasy leagues.
May 31 - 2:24 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies may have interest in Greg Oden, and they could bring him to a free-agent camp in June.

Since pleading guilty to felony battery charges in December, Oden has been training with Ohio State's coaching staff and he has reportedly lost a lot of weight (down to 280 pounds in March). Oden was teammates with Mike Conley at Ohio State and the two are still close friends, so there could be some mutual interest between the two sides. The former No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft is as injury prone as they come, and he likely wouldn't be able to handle more than a limited role regardless of where he lands. We will track this story closely, but Oden isn't on the fantasy radar.
Source: Real GM
May 30 - 12:56 PM

Mario Chalmers had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair an inflamed plica in his right knee.

It was just a 20-minute procedure and Chalmers is going to begin rehabbing immediately. Obviously, he'll be ready to go for training camp in the fall. Chalmers had an up-and-down year, averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 treys. He'll be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues next season.
May 29 - 4:10 PM

The Heat are reportedly hesitant to offer Dwyane Wade a big money contract because it would give the team limited financial flexibility.

With Hassan Whiteside headed for a big payday in 2016, the Heat will be committing big money to Wade, Whiteside, Chris Bosh, and Goran Dragic, and the question is whether or not that team would be able to legitimately compete for a championship surrounded by low-money role players. However, if Miami is unable to come to terms with Wade and he ends up leaving the Heat, it will significantly hurt Miami's chances of retaining Dragic who is going to be pursued by the Lakers and Knicks this offseason to name a few. While Wade is no longer in his prime, he remains an important piece to Miami’s puzzle, and it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out this offseason.
May 29 - 10:48 AM

Dwyane Wade is looking to be in the neighborhood of a three-year, $50 million deal this summer, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.

This isn't from Wade and is just a rumor, but it makes sense. Wade is getting dangerously close to the tail end of his career and even the biggest Wade fan will say he's past his prime. The Heat are still the favorites for Wade, but expect a number of teams to try and pick him up.
May 28 - 9:32 PM

Dwyane Wade and the Heat are reportedly at an early impasse on his contract negotiations.

Wade reportedly wants to opt out of his contract this summer, with the hope of landing a lucrative three-year deal with Miami. However, the Heat would prefer he opts in to his $16 million deal and then signs a good, but not huge amount of money in 2016. There's reportedly a "sizable gap" on what Wade hopes to earn and what the Heat are prepared to offer, and Wade is reportedly now open to considering other teams this summer if Miami doesn't present him with a number to his liking. This will be a very interesting story to watch develop over the course of the offseason.
May 28 - 5:36 PM

Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting.
May 27 - 10:56 PM

Impending free agent Goran Dragic has let the Heat know that he wants them to play faster next season.

Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelsta reportedly agree with Dragic, and it looks like they are eager to build around him moving forward. The Lakers, Knicks, Pelicans, Bucks and Kings are rumored to still be very interested in signing Dragic this summer, but the Heat are still the clear frontrunners to retain his services. If Dragic does return to Miami, they could have a formidable lineup if they are able to stay healthy.
May 24 - 9:37 AM

Mario Chalmers said that he isn't thinking about his role with the Miami Heat and that he is focusing solely on improving his game this summer,

"Right now, I'm not even thinking about it," Chalmers said. "My main focus is work on my game, and then, as it starts getting closer to the season, see what the game plan is and see how I need to adjust my work habits." Chalmers had a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, and he could have a hard time carving out a sizeable role next season if Goran Dragic returns and Shabazz Napier continues to improve. This summer will be huge for the Heat, but as of right now it's going to be tough to target Chalmers in fantasy leagues with the way things are shaping up.
May 16 - 11:20 AM

Hassan Whiteside said that he will make improving his free throw shooting a priority this offseason.

Whiteside shot just 50.0 percent from the stripe this season, but if he could start knocking those shots down at a more efficient rate, he could emerge as a truly elite fantasy option. Even as a poor free throw shooter, he offers early-round upside for what he brings to the shot-blocking category, and he could make for an absolute steal in the mid-rounds of next year's fantasy drafts. When his minutes hit the 30-minute-mark during the month of April, Whiteside compiled averages of 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game on 67.7 percent shooting from the field. He also mentioned that his hand is now at 100 percent.
May 14 - 4:11 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh said that he'll be ready for the regular-season opener next season.

It'll be great to see Bosh back in uniform next season after dealing with a frightening blood clot issue that ended his 2014-15 campaign early. We'll continue to track his progress every step of the way, but it sounds like he should be good to go for next season. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft.
May 12 - 6:44 PM

Goran Dragic said the Miami Heat are his first choice in free agency.

Dragic will opt out of his contract before the end of the month, but he said he's hoping to stay with the Heat as long as the two sides are on the same page financially. "As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing," Dragic said. "The next three, four, five years — I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff." While he didn't return value as a third-round pick in 2014-15 , Dragic should benefit from a full season in a Heat uniform if he returns and is worthy of an early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts.
May 5 - 12:14 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh opened about about his blood clot scare on a radio interview and said there were times that he couldn't breathe.

Bosh said he couldn't breathe during a February 1 win over the Celtics, but tried to play through it. "I know, I’ll never do it again," Bosh said. "It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I wish I could go back and tell myself not to do those things, but I’m lucky to be alive. I am. I took that as a lesson to stop trying to be a tough guy all the time. That’s kinda how we’re trained, to just suck it up and throw some dirt on it and get back out there." We'll keep an eye on his status, but Bosh said he's doing well now and it sounds like he should be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season.
May 5 - 10:56 AM

Contrary to a previous report, Dwyane Wade has not decided whether or not he will opt out of his contract for next season.

Wade confirmed in his exit interview that he would opt into his contract for $16 million next season, but it now looks like he might be having second thoughts. "I signed my deal the way I did for a reason ... and the organization did it for a reason," Wade said. "It's my option. I'll decide when the time is right. Everyone knows I always try to do what's best for the organization, but I also have to do what's best for Dwyane Wade as well." It's hard to imagine Wade not returning to Miami, and it's possible he could just be eyeing one last major payday before he hangs it up. We will follow this story very closely in the offseason, but we fully expect Wade to be in a Heat uniform next season.
Apr 22 - 1:12 PM

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