Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Amare Stoudemire said he's ready to accept any role on the Heat.

While saying he isn't sure what he role is going to be on the Heat, the 32-year-old sounds ready to blend in however he needs to. "Just four years ago I was an MVP candidate and an All-Star," Stoudemire said. "I feel like I can still get back to that All-Star level of play. If I can achieve that, then that's going to help the team in its entirety. I will accept whatever the role is." STAT likely won't see more than 25 minutes per game with the Heat, so he can safely be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 10:20 AM

Chris Andersen has reportedly not received much interest on the trade market.

Additionally, there has been no evidence to support any traction on a potential Jamal Crawford, Birdman swap, a trade that was only hypothetically suggested by a couple NBA media members. The Heat have been actively shopping Andersen and Mario Chalmers this offseason, but have not found any takers up to this point. Andersen isn't really capable of playing major minutes, so he won't be worth owning in standard leagues, regardless of where he winds up.
Aug 26 - 12:27 PM

The Heat are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp, although they haven't ruled out the possibility of trading him in October or sometime after that if they can find a taker.

The Heat have been actively shopping Chalmers for some time now, but there hasn't been much interest around the league up to this point. It sounds like if they can find the right deal, they'd be happy to unload Chalmers in order to lower their tax bill, but finding that deal has been an issue thus far. Chalmers isn't in a great situation in Miami, competing for reserve minutes with the likes of Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, so he won't be someone to target in standard leagues on draft day.
Aug 26 - 12:06 PM

Greg Oden passed his tryout period in China, and he will now officially sign a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Jiangsu Dragons.

If things go well in China, there's a chance Oden can latch on with an NBA team once the Chinese Basketball season is over. However, he wouldn't be anything more than an emergency depth kind of guy, so even if he finds himself wearing an NBA jersey at some point, it'll be safe to ignore him in all fantasy leagues.
Source: Sportando
Aug 26 - 9:44 AM

The Heat officially signed Keith Benson to a training camp deal on Tuesday.

Benson is a long shot to wind up on Miami's opening night roster, so he can safely be ignored in all leagues on draft day.
Aug 25 - 6:43 PM

Heat assistant coach Dan Craig hinted during a recent interview that Hassan Whiteside will likely see his minutes in the 20-25 range a lot during the 2015-16 season.

"You might see his minutes jump up when we're playing Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan," said Craig. "But if we're playing a team that likes to play small ball, you'll probably see his minutes around 20 or 25." With a lot of the league gearing towards a small ball movement, there will likely be a lot of games next season where Whiteside doesn't eclipse the 30-minute mark. However, in just 23.8 minutes per game last season, Whiteside was still able to compile averages of 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, so he'll still make for a decent mid-round selection on draft day.
Aug 25 - 5:49 PM

Chris Andersen said he's not concerned with recent trade rumors.

It's been speculated that the Heat could avoid paying a "repeater" tax by moving the final year of Andersen's contract, but Birdman isn't concerned with rumors. "It's a business, man," Andersen said. "It doesn't bother me one bit." No matter where he lands, Andersen doesn't hold much fantasy value outside of extremely deep fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 1:14 PM

Amare Stoudemire said he's ready for a productive season with the Heat.

While saying he hopes he can help the Heat make a championship run, Stoudemire said he's feeling good going into the 2015-16 season. "There’s an aura around here that everyone works hard, that you have to be in top shape which is great because I want to be in the best shape of my life going into this season. I want to surprise the world and have a very, very productive year." While Stoudemire will provide the Heat with a veteran presence off the bench, he won't see enough minutes to make a dent in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 12:18 PM

Justise Winslow admitted he's uncertain of his role with the Heat right now.

"It’s tough to say what my role will be. Personally, I feel I can impact the game in so many ways, I’ll be there out on the court. I don’t know how many minutes." Winslow is looking forward to learning from Dwyane Wade, and it's a near-ideal result for Winslow after his unexpected draft day slide. Despite a positive future, there is little reason to draft Winslow in re-draft formats for his first NBA season.
Aug 24 - 10:24 AM

The Heat have signed undrafted guard Corey Hawkins to a non-guaranteed deal.

This basically means that Hawkins will be a candidate for the Heat's D-League team, unless he looks like Kobe Bryant in training camp. All joking aside, Hawkins is a 3-point specialist who put up averages of 20.9 points, 4.9 boards, 3.4 assists, 3.0 3-pointers and 1.3 steals during his senior season at UC Davis. Additionally, he is the son of former NBA guard Hershey Dawkins.
Aug 22 - 10:10 AM

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel believes that the Heat would look to sign a veteran point guard if Mario Chalmers is traded.

Winderman doubts that Tyler Johnson or Josh Richardson would be ready for consistent minutes behind Goran Dragic, so this is definitely interesting. The Heat have been molding Johnson into a point guard for a while now and seem to be pretty high on him, but he didn't look that great in summer league and it's going to take him some time to adjust to his new position. For now, Johnson shouldn't be considered in almost any fantasy league.
Aug 21 - 10:16 AM

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel believes that the Heat's starting five of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside is "set in stone."

There are no surprises here, but Winderman hinted that Deng will be the starter for the foreseeable future until rookie Justise Winslow is ready to take over. The Heat have one of the most lethal starting fives on paper, but they will need to stay healthy in order to make a deep playoff run in the East. Deng is going to lose touches while the Heat are at full strength, but he is still worth a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Aug 21 - 10:06 AM

Keith Benson has agreed to a training camp deal with the Miami Heat.

Benson made three appearances for the Warriors in the 2011-12 season and has spent time playing in the D-League as well as Estonia and Lithuania, but his chances of making the final roster are very slim. Benson isn't on the fantasy radar.
Source: Real GM
Aug 15 - 9:35 AM

Josh McRoberts (knee) said that he is close to 100 percent and is expecting to be ready in time for training camp.

"I don't think I'm ever going to see 100 percent," McRoberts said jokingly. "I've played too long to be 100 percent, but I'm getting pretty close. I've had a great summer here rehabbing with St. Vincent and think I'll be ready to go. I can't wait for the season to get going. I'm just trying to rehab and get back here for the start of camp. I'm excited to get back on the court and do what I love to do." McRoberts could be the first big off the bench for Miami behind Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside, so he is worth a look in deeper leagues for his solid all-around game.
Source: Indy Star
Aug 14 - 12:41 PM

Mario Chalmers admitted that the trade speculation surrounding him has been tough.

"I mean it's kind of tough just hearing all the rumors and stuff," Chalmers said. "But you know, that's what it was, was just rumors. I've just got to keep focusing on my game and keep my mind straight and keep fighting through it." Chalmers added that he is willing to accept any role on the team, but it appears that he would strictly be a backup PG with Gerald Green capable of backing up Dwyane Wade at the two. Chalmers is only on the radar in deeper leagues while Goran Dragic is healthy, and he could face some competition from Tyler Johnson in camp for the backup spot.
Aug 14 - 10:38 AM

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