Heat Rumors & News

  • Uh-oh? Ankle issue back for Heat's Dion Waiters

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "This was not the way the Miami Heat planned to pick up from last season. But there it is -- Dion Waiters again has a troublesome left ankle. The same left ankle that sidelined him for the final 13 games last season, when the Heat came up just short of a playoff berth. The same ankle that he..." October 19

  • Heat’s McGruder, White Get Salary Guarantees

    Hoops Rumors "The Heat are guaranteeing the 2017/18 salaries for a pair of second-year players, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel, who reports that Rodney McGruder and Okaro White will receive full guarantees for the season. Both McGruder and White are in their second NBA seasons..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Hassan Whiteside Says Trash Talk With Joel Embiid ‘All Fun’

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Battling Joel Embiid in the post is one thing. Battling Embiid on social media? All in good fun, Hassan Whiteside said Sunday. Two days after the two first went back and forth on the court in the Miami Heat's exhibition loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Kansas City, with Embiid gesturing to the..." October 16

  • HEAT Waives Liggins, McCree And Mitchell

    NBA.com "The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived DeAndre Liggins, Erik McCree and Tony Mitchell. Liggins, who was signed on October 10, started in his only preseason game with the HEAT last night against Philadelphia and totaled five points, three rebounds and a steal in 26:36 minutes of..." October 14

  • Hassan Whiteside, Joel Embiid go at it on Twitter

    The Sports Daily "It may have only been an exhibition matchup, but Friday night’s game between the Sixers and Heat showed that Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside are already in midseason form. Embiid and Whiteside battled it out on the court from the moment the game tipped off, which was evidenced by the Heat..." October 14

  • Heat Sign Tony Mitchell, Waive Larry Drew II

    Real GM Basketball "The Miami Heat have signed forward Tony Mitchell and waived guard Larry Drew II. Mitchell has appeared in 78 NBA G League games (52 starts) and averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 points, 2.8 assists, 1.28 steals and 32.7 minutes while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. He earned G League Rookie of..." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Heat preview: Miami is hoping continuity, youth development lead to further success

    CBS Sports "There were two very different versions of the Heat last season. After starting off 11-30, Miami managed to reverse its first-half record with a ridiculous 30-11 run to finish at a very respectable 41-41 mark. Whether it was a matter of needing time to jell and/or changing their identity, the..." October 12

  • Heat's McGruder out 3-6 months with stress fracture

    Bleacher Report "Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder will reportedly have surgery on a stress fracture in his leg and will miss at least three months. Shams Charania of The Vertical reported McGruder could miss up to six months, which would keep him out for most—if not all—of the 2017-18 season. McGruder, 26,..." October 12

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • Chris Bosh Hasn't Ruled Out NBA Return

    Real GM Basketball "Chris Bosh has not completely ruled out the possibility of playing in the NBA again. Bosh is living in Southern California and attended practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday as a guest of Rob Pelinka, who was his previously his player agent." October 04

  • Heat’s Haslem seriously considered Cavaliers

    Miami Herald "Some Heat notes on a Tuesday: • It’s difficult enough for some Heat fans to see Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys. But imagine Udonis Haslem - Mr. 305 - also in Cavaliers’ wine and gold this season? That was a real possibility at one point this summer. Haslem..." October 04

  • Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow working hard to improve his outside shot: ‘It’s a huge priority for me’

    Palm Beach Post "Justise Winslow is not oblivious to the criticism surrounding his game. He knows he needs to become a better outside shooter. “It’s a huge priority for me,” said Winslow, who is entering his third NBA season. “But also in the big picture as far as the team and that second unit. If I’m knocking..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • Heat guard Dion Waiters: ‘There’s not 100 players better than me’

    Palm Beach Post "Dion Waiters is not a fan of preseason rankings. The Miami Heat guard took offense to Sports Illustrated list of the top 100 players in the NBA, one on which Waiters was not ranked. ESPN wasn’t much kinder to Waiters, ranking him as the 98th best player in the league. “We all know there’s..." September 28

  • Dwyane Wade: 'I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The reunion has been put on hold, but not put aside, Dwyane Wade said. Despite signing Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of his buyout from the Chicago Bulls, Wade continues to stress his affection for the franchise where he spent his first 13 seasons and won three..." September 28

  • Heat's Haslem wants to welcome Dwyane Wade to Cavs with 'fouls ... and a flagrant'

    CBS Sports "It's no surprise that Heat lifer Udonis Haslem, who has won three NBA championships with Miami and Dwyane Wade, wanted the 12-time All-Star to return following the buyout agreement he reached with the Bulls this week. Haslem didn't get his wish, however, as Wade committed to joining the..." September 27

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Sources: Cavs, Spurs, Heat among Dwyane Wade's top suitors

    ESPN "The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as a clear favorite to land newly minted free agent Dwyane Wade, after he agreed to a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, sources told ESPN.com. Wade agreed to leave about $8 million of his $23.8 million salary on the table after talks between..." September 25

  • Answering pressing Miami Heat questions with camp opening Tuesday

    Miami Herald "Asking and answering Heat questions heading into the start of training camp on Tuesday: • So who starts at small forward? We’re told this is a complete toss-up, with Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and dark horse Rodney McGruder all having a legitimate chance. Though the Heat in the past..." September 24

  • Why the Miami Heat May Begin Losing Relevance

    The Sports Post "As another NBA chapter nears, it’s time for our season previews. Can the Heat pick up where they left off? Expected Conference Ranking: 5th Best Move of the Offseason: Keeping the band together. A team that goes 30-11 over any stretch of a season deserves to be brought back. There is..." September 23

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • Heat Agree Upon Jersey Sponsorship With Ultimate Software

    Real GM Basketball "The Miami Heat have agreed upon a jersey sponsorship deal with Ultimate Software. Ultimate Software is listed as the "Official HR/Payroll Provider of the Miami Heat." The patches are limited to 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Goran Dragic holds back tears after Drazen Petrovic’s mother gives Slovenian star his jersey

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s been a big week for Slovenian star Goran Dragic. First, he led the Slovenian national team to the 2017 Eurobasket championship over Serbia, winning the gold medal. Then, the Miami Heat point guard announced that he would be retiring from the Slovenian national team. Shortly thereafter,..." September 20

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • Goran Dragic leads Slovenia to EuroBasket gold with 35 points, named MVP of tournament

    Palm Beach Post "Goran Dragic will walk away from the international basketball stage with a gold medal. After posting on social media last month his intention to retire from international play following this year’s EuroBasket, Dragic went out and made sure his last few games with the Slovenian national team..." September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Haslem only Heat player to endure hurricane; used personal bunker

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem felt he had no other choice. He was born and raised in South Florida. When the threat of Hurricane Irma first surfaced, he knew he would not be among those who chose to evacuate. He rode out the storm that wreaked havoc throughout South Florida last week. “I..." September 16

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Heat, Josh Richardson Finalizing Four-Year Extension

    Hoops Rumors "The Heat are finalizing a four-year contract extension with Josh Richardson, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link), who reports that the deal will be worth $42MM. While Richardson was a second-round pick in 2015 and wasn’t eligible for a rookie scale extension this offseason, the..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Dion Waiters' incentive for staying healthy? $1.1 million from Miami Heat

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "A healthy Dion Waiters will result in a far healthier bank account this season for the Miami Heat guard. As part of the maneuvering by the Heat to fit the contracts of Waiters, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Wayne Ellington below the salary cap this offseason, the Heat moved some of their..." September 12

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Miami Heat's arena sustains minor roof damage caused by Hurricane Irma, report says

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Add the Miami Heat to the list of those affected by Hurricane Irma. On Sunday morning, the Heat’s practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena sustained exterior membrane damage, according to WPLG Channel 10. There was, however, no harm done to the actual roof, the station’s sports director Will..." September 11

  • Heat Interested In Dwyane Wade If He Takes Bench Role

    Real GM Basketball "The Miami Heat will have interest in signing Dwyane Wade if he agrees to a bench role at their $4.3 million exception. Wade and the Chicago Bulls are interested in a buyout to allow him to play for a contender. Wade was recently asked by David Aldridge about what his preference would be for..." September 08

  • Heat Sign Larry Drew II

    Hoops Rumors "The Heat announced the signing of guard Larry Drew II on Tuesday. This marks the third time in five seasons that Miami will bring the UCLA product to training camp. Drew, 27, won a gold medal earlier this month as a member of the United States squad at 2017 FIBA AmeriCup. The 6’2″ guard..." September 06

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