Player News - Heat

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The Miami Heat will sign rookie G Josh Richardson to a three-year, $2.5 million deal.

Richardson was the 40th pick in this year's NBA Draft, and he had an impressive summer league with averages of 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists per game. His ability to be a two-way player factored heavily into the Heat's decision to sign him, and it's clear that they think he has a bright future in Miami. However, Richardson likely won't make an impact right away in Miami's crowded backcourt, so he can be ignored outside of deeper leagues.
Source: Real GM
Jul 28 - 6:39 PM

Goran Dragic has decided that he won't play with Slovenia this summer.

Dragic and Heat president Pat Riley reportedly came to the decision together as the 29-year-old will now focus on his first full season as Miami's starting point guard. Dragic joins a strong supporting cast that includes Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Hassan Whiteside and should be able to improve upon the 16.6 points, 5.3 assists, 1.1 teals, and 0.9 three-pointers that he averaged with the Heat last season. Dragic isn't quite in that upper tier of point guards, but he's still worth an early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts.
Jul 28 - 10:56 AM

James Ennis' contract will become fully guaranteed on opening night of the 2015-16 season and not 50 percent guaranteed on Aug. 1.

There was a very good chance the Heat would have released Ennis this upcoming weekend, so instead he'll be at training camp and get a chance to fight for his guaranteed deal. He's going to need to play better than he did at Summer League.
Jul 27 - 8:49 PM

The Heat will pick up Tyler Johnson's contract, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The writing was on the wall with the trade of Shabazz Napier to Orlando. Johnson is being groomed more as a point guard and he's currently sitting on the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, but that could change if Mario Chalmers is dealt.
Jul 27 - 3:44 PM

Heat waive G/F Henry Walker.

The artist formerly known as Bill Walker started in 13 of his 24 games with the Heat in 2014-15, averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 assists. Walker had an ankle injury keep him out of summer league and is now a free agent.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 2:36 PM

"Rumbles persist" that the Heat still want to trade Mario Chalmers, sources told ESPN.

Despite the Heat moving both Shabazz Napier and Zoran Dragic within the last week, Miami is looking to push its tax bill even lower with a Chalmers departure. Even if he remains around throughout the offseason, it's clear that Rio's future with the organization won't be for the long haul.
Jul 27 - 11:27 AM

According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the trade that sent Shabazz Napier to the Magic doesn't necessarily mean that Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen will remain in Miami.

Chalmers and Andersen are both on expiring contracts and have been in the rumor mill for a while now, so this report isn't exactly surprising. Chalmers has said that he would like to stick with the Heat, but Miami hasn't exactly been shy about their desire to open up cap space. Nothing is imminent at the moment, but we will be tracking this story closely all season.
Jul 26 - 3:34 PM

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Heat are unlikely to re-sign Michael Beasley.

The Heat declined their team option on Beasley back in June, as they simply had too many players on their roster and were desperately trying to create cap space. We will let you know if Beasley latches onto another NBA team, but the fact that he wouldn't have more than a limited role on any team means he can be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 3:30 PM

Chris Bosh said he was "very surprised" Amare Stoudemire signed with the Heat.

"I can’t believe he came," Bosh said. "We’ve had dinners before. Our wives are good friends. He’s a really good guy." Stoudemire is going to back up Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. After the Knicks made it impossible for STAT to live up to his max deal, he won't be viewed in such a negative light for limited minutes with Miami. He's only worth drafting in leagues that give bonuses for wine baths.
Jul 24 - 3:37 PM

Justise Winslow said he has "to figure out ways to fight through" the adjustment to the NBA.

"More games, more physical, more back-to-back," Winslow said of the NBA style. Winslow's sprained ankle kept him out of the end of summer league, but it was just precautionary. He had a few injuries at Duke last year with a shoulder separation, a rib fracture and an ankle sprain, but he was able to play through most of the injuries. Winslow was a bit of a letdown at Summer League because he showed some weaknesses like a weak right hand. The lefty isn't worth drafting in most re-draft formats.
Jul 24 - 3:30 PM

Luol Deng will be a captain for one of the two teams in the NBA's first game in Africa.

Deng will lead Team Africa for the event on Aug. 1. "I would never have dreamt that one day I would be playing in an NBA game in Africa," Deng said. He picked up his player option for the last year of his deal this season and will be Miami's starting small forward. Deng's inability to stay healthy could open up minutes for Justise Winslow. Deng is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Jul 24 - 3:20 PM

According to ESPN projections, Hassan Whiteside could make around $18.5 million annually after he finishes out the last year of his deal with the Heat which is worth $981,000.

What a difference a year can make. The Heat struck gold when they signed Whiteside out of the D-League last season, and it was arguably one of the most exciting storylines of the 2014-15 season. The Heat will have to be creative with their cap space next summer in order to keep Whiteside, especially with Dwyane Wade set to test the market again as a free agent, but the dramatic rise of the salary cap should help. Whiteside posted averages of 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on 61.2 percent shooting as a starter last season, and there is no reason why he can't continue to improve.
Jul 24 - 9:24 AM

Gerald Green said once he heard the Heat were interested in signing him, "it wasn't even about the money."

"Once I heard that Miami wanted to give me an opportunity to come here and play, it wasn’t even about the money," Green said after signing this month. "I’m trying to help this team get to where it’s capable of being and that’s winning the championship. I’ve never been there before, but I know this team has." Green signed for the minimum with the Heat, and he'll likely start off the year playing in a sixth man role behind Dwyane Wade. He'll be an interesting name to monitor in daily leagues on the days Wade is sidelined.
Jul 22 - 11:33 AM

James Ennis' agent said that he recently spoke with head coach Erik Spoelstra and GM Andy Elisburg and he did not receive any sense of an imminent parting.

Ennis was dreadful during Summer League, shooting 26.3 percent from the field and going 0-of-14 from beyond the arc, but it's likely knee tendinitis had a lot to do with his less-than-stellar performance. The Heat have agreed to send Ennis to train at P3 Peak Performance Project training facility in Santa Barbara this offseason, which would imply that they are willing to move forward and guarantee his salary by the August 1 deadline. As long as Miami's roster is healthy, Ennis will have zero fantasy value.
Jul 22 - 11:05 AM

Udonis Haslem said that he hopes to play for 3-4 more seasons.

"I feel fine. I feel like I could go three or four more years depending on how Coach might need to use me or what the situation might be," said Haslem. "When I was needed to go out there and play big minutes, I was able to put up some pretty decent numbers. If these guys need me, I’ve gotta make sure I stay ready." Haslem will begin the year playing behind Chris Bosh, Josh McRoberts, and Chris Anderson in Miami, so unless the Heat are again devastated by injuries next season, he can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 22 - 10:41 AM


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