Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Goran Dragic hinted that he will likely return to the Miami Heat next season.

"I look forward to come back to have a great season with the Heat," Dragic said in a video released to Heat fans. It makes a lot of sense for him to return to Miami considering they can offer an extra year (Heat can offer five years while other teams are limited to four), but stranger things have happened in free agency. The Heat were decimated by injuries this season, but a potential lineup of Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would be pretty deadly in the weak Eastern Conference.
Apr 22 - 9:57 AM

Luol Deng was dissatisfied with his role on the Heat at times this season.

"When I played [for] Scott Skiles [in Chicago], he didn’t want me shooting any threes," Deng said. "He wanted me close to the rim. My whole focus was the mid-range…. This year, [Erik Spoelstra] wanted me to take the corner threes more than I’ve done in the past…. Not having someone like Josh definitely hurts my game." Deng's role changed (frequently) due to all of the Heat injuries, and it's still unknown if he'll exercise his player option to return next season.
Apr 20 - 10:51 AM

James Ennis said that his primary focus during the offseason will be "getting stronger" and working on his "ball-handling."

Ennis showed some flashes during his rookie season with the Heat, and he ended the regular-season on a high note by putting up his first-career triple-double. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract and leaves Miami during the offseason, Ennis could potentially be looking at a starting role with the Heat. However, there are far too many ifs right now to accurately project Ennis' value, and with season averages of just 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he has a long ways to go before entering the standard league equation.
Apr 17 - 3:38 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he will begin going through shooting drills in June or July, which puts him ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Bosh has begun lifting and running after spending the second half of the season on the sidelines due to blood clots in his lungs, though he still remains on blood thinners. He acknowledged that he’s in the very early stages of the recovery process, but all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery and being ready for training camp next season. Bosh finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and a career-high 1.4 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft with early-round upside.
Apr 17 - 12:32 PM

Dwyane Wade confirmed during his exit interview that he will not be opting out of his contract this offseason.

Wade will be on the books for $16 million next season, which will give Miami some wiggle room in retaining Goran Dragic's services. Wade managed to suit up for 62 games this year while putting in averages of 21.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.4 turnovers per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 76.8 percent from the charity stripe. His various knee issues will create headaches for owners, and we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him on draft day, despite his upside.
Apr 17 - 12:26 PM

Goran Dragic said during his exit interview that the extra year Miami can offer him during free agency is important.

Goran Dragic will opt out of his contract, and while he has said that he will explore all options during the free agency process, he's made it very clear that he would love to re-sign with the Heat. He's a great fit next to Dwyane Wade, and given that Miami can offer Dragic a five-year deal (one-year more than any other team can offer) it would appear the odds are in their favor to land The Dragon. He should be off the board no later than the third round in standard fantasy leagues next season.
Apr 17 - 11:48 AM

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he would like to play at a faster pace next season.

"There's no question I want to play faster next season," said Spoelstra. "Pace, speed, quickness... let's go. Players will see that right away in training camp. We have players best fit to play that style." Spoelstra's teams in general have played at a slow pace over the past three seasons, but it sounds like he'd like his team to get out and run next year. Spoelstra also mentioned that he and his staff will put forth "a very specific program" for developing Hassan Whiteside, and he believes Hassan has more room to grow saying, "I don't want to put a ceiling on him."
Apr 17 - 10:42 AM

Goran Dragic will exercise the free agency clause in his contract, but said he'd prefer to stay with the Heat.

Dragic's decision to exercise his free agency clause will allow him to test the open market, but the 28-year-old is hoping to negotiate a long-term deal with the Heat. "Of course," Dragic said when asked if he's like to stay in Miami. "If you’re gonna find the same language, then it’s easy for everybody. It’s hard to talk about that right now. We’ll see. I need to sit down with my family and explore the options and see what option is the best, but the last two months that I was here was beautiful for me." Regardless of where he ends up, Dragic has the potential to deliver top-25 fantasy output when healthy and will likely be selected around the third round of drafts.
Apr 16 - 1:13 PM


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