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  • • Heat's Udonis Haslem remains undecided on retirement
    After watching longtime teammate Dwyane Wade enjoy a farewell tour in his final NBA season, Miami's Udonis Haslem remains undecided on retirement, reports Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. If Haslem decides to play next year it will be his 17th NBA season — all with the Heat. The 38-year-old power forward has settled into a mentor role over the p...
  • • Heat show commitment to Yante Maten with new contract
    Their confidence in Yante Maten‘s offensive game led the Heat to sign him to a new contract, writes Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Playing all season on a two-way deal, the undrafted rookie forward out of Georgia was signed for the three games remaining this season, along with a partial guarantee over the next two years.  Maten's salary for 202...
  • • Lakers would consider Juwan Howard as head-coaching candidate
    If the Lakers decide to move on from head coach Luke Walton at season’s end, Heat assistant Juwan Howard would be among the candidates they consider, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (via Twitter). Still, while Howard would be an option for the Lakers, he shouldn’t be considered the front-runner, according to Stein. However, at least one be...
  • • Report: Heat to make playoff push without injured Richardson, Ariza
    The Heat may have to make their final push for the playoffs without Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow, relays Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Neither player traveled with Miami on its two-game trip to New York and Boston, and there’s no guarantee that either will return over the final week and a half of the regular season. Richardson, Miami’s ...
  • • Report: Heat to make playoff push without injured Richardson, Winslow
    The Heat may have to make their final push for the playoffs without Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow, relays Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Neither player traveled with Miami on its two-game trip to New York and Boston, and there’s no guarantee that either will return over the final week and a half of the regular season. Richardson, Miami’s ...
  • • Heat coach: There's a 'level of urgency' for Miami to make playoffs in Dwyane Wade's final season
    Coach Erik Spoelstra cites “an instant and inherent built-in level of urgency” for the Heat to reach the playoffs in Dwyane Wade‘s final season, relays Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel. Miami is stuck in ninth place at 26-31, a game behind the Pistons, whom they host Saturday night. Wade announced before the start of the season that this would be ...
  • • Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones full participants in Heat practice
    The Heat announced on Wednesday (via Twitter) that injured guards Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones were full participants in practice and traveled with the team to Philadelphia for Thursday’s game against the 76ers. While Dragic and Jones have been cleared to return to action, head coach Erik Spoelstra said the duo may still need “a little more work”...
  • • Erik Spoelstra calls out referees after loss to Warriors
    Erik Spoelstra called out the officiating after his Miami Heat lost a tight one against the Golden State Warriors 120-118 on Sunday night. Spoelstra, who rarely talks about the referees, began talking about the free throw disparity and blown calls by the officials when meeting with the media. One of the plays Spoelstra cited was this double dribble...
  • • Johnson and Olynyk to see more playing time in the wake of Derrick Jones Jr. injury
    James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk can expect more playing time in the wake of a knee injury that will keep Derrick Jones Jr. out of action for at least six weeks, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. Jones has been diagnosed with two right knee bone bruises and won’t be re-evaluated until mid-March. “JJ will probably play a little more now,...
  • • Tyler Johnson has become a perfect fit for the Heat's lineup in wake of injuries
    The Heat have had to use countless different lineup combinations throughout the season as players have come and gone due to injuries, but recently it has been Tyler Johnson who has become a key staple in the starting lineup. As Ira Winderman writes for the Sun-Sentinel, Johnson has provided an energetic approach that has made him a perfect fit for ...
  • • Erik Spoelstra jokes with Danny Ainge about Pat Riley feud
    Erik Spoelstra seems a bit friendlier with Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge than his boss is. The Miami Heat coach shook hands with Ainge before Monday’s matchup and joked with the veteran executive about his feud with Heat president Pat Riley. Here is what he said, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel: The beef between Ril...
  • • Heat fined Dion Waiters for publicly complaining about playing time
    The Heat have hit Dion Waiters with a fine after he publicly griped about his playing time earlier in the week, suggesting he was tired of being “patient” as he waited for an increased role. Miami didn’t disclose how much the fine for Waiters was worth, but said it was for conduct detrimental to the team, as David Furones of The South Florida Sun S...
  • • Dion Waiters unhappy with playing time
    After missing more than a full year due to an ankle injury, Dion Waiters has recently returned to the Heat‘s rotation, with the team easing him back into a regular role. However, after playing just 12 minutes in a blowout loss to to the Bucks on Tuesday night, Waiters expressed frustration with his limited playing time, as Barry Jackson of The Miam...
  • • Wizards more likely to use 10-day contracts than disabled player exemption?
    Even if the Wizards are granted an $8.6M disabled player exception, they’re more likely to sign players to 10-day contracts than use that exception, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.  Washington applied for the exception due to John Wall‘s season-ending heel surgery. The Wizards’ cap issues make it unlikely they’d find a free agen...
  • • Erik Spoelstra a perfect fit as Pat Riley’s eventual successor in Miami
    Pat Riley may not have to look very far to find his eventual successor as lead decision-maker in the Miami Heat front office. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is a likely candidate to get some or all of Riley’s powers as team president when Riley decides to retire. Windhorst goes on to add that some ...

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  • • LeBron James' Lakers arrival puts pressure on Luke Walton
    The arrival of LeBron James has changed life for Lakers coach Luke Walton in several ways, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic. After two relatively stress-free years at the helm, expectations just went way up in Los Angeles. Walton only has to look at Erik Spoelstra in Miami and David Blatt in Cleveland to see the pressure that comes to coaches...
  • • Heat not worried about lack of true PGs on roster despite Goran Dragic's absence
    Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic was expected to return to the court Saturday versus the Hawks, but because of lingering foot pain, he won’t practice with the Heat nor play in the game. “I feel like it’s frustrating but just need to think about the future. So it’s still sore, so hopefully, go day by day and see what happens,” Dragic said, via Ir...
  • • Hassan Whiteside's offseason conditioning and improvement paying off
    Heat center Hassan Whiteside had a good stretch of games this past week, recording double-doubles in each of his three contests and nearly recording a triple-double in Wednesday’s win over the Spurs. The Heat benefit most when Whiteside is fully engaged, and after last season’s back-and-forth debacle with coach Erik Spoelstra, many were quick to wr...
  • • Spoelstra: Walton 'perfect guy to coach' LeBron
    Former LeBron James coach Erik Spoelstra says Luke Walton is "the perfect coach" for James and the Lakers....
  • • Josh Richardson ejected after throwing shoe into stands vs. Lakers
    Josh Richardson was ejected from Sunday’s Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game following a moment of frustration. During the fourth quarter, Richardson hit the floor after a dunk attempt. After a foul at the other end, Richardson was motioned to the bench by Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. While attempting to put his shoe back on, Richardson changed ...
  • • Dwyane Wade returns to Heat, will play Tuesday vs. Nets
    Dwyane Wade is back with the Miami Heat after a two-week paternity leave and will return to the lineup in Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat shared video of Wade participating in Tuesday morning’s shootaround to celebrate the veteran’s return. The Heat went 2-5 in Wade’s absence as the star spent time with ...
  • • Erik Spoelstra shares funny story about when Dwyane Wade was with Bulls
    Dwyane Wade is back for his first full season with the Miami Heat since leaving in 2016, and now head coach Erik Spoelstra is comfortable spilling some tea about the time that Wade was away. Before the Heat played the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Spoelstra shared a funny story from when Wade played for the Bulls during the 2016-17 season. The veteran c...
  • • Report: Luke Walton doesn’t call plays when LeBron James runs the point
    Luke Walton is learning to adapt to the unique challenges inherent to coaching a team that boasts LeBron James on the roster. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports scouts have noticed that the Los Angeles Lakers head coach cedes control of calling plays whenever James is running the point. It’s also noted that even when Walton occasionally does call a pla...
  • • Watch: Hassan Whiteside goes to locker room early after getting benched
    Hassan Whiteside left the Miami Heat bench and headed to locker room prior to the end of Tuesday’s game against the Orlando Magic. Whiteside did not play at all during the fourth quarter of Miami’s 105-90 loss. With less than a minute remaining in regulation, Whiteside left the bench area and walked back to the locker room. Following the game, Dwya...
  • • Erik Spoelstra: Hassan Whiteside exhibited 'unacceptable behavior' by leaving bench
    Erik Spoelstra called out Hassan Whiteside Wednesday, saying the center exhibited “unacceptable behavior” by leaving the Miami Heat’s bench before the end of Tuesday’s 105-90 loss to the Orlando Magic. Spoelstra added in his comments Wednesday that any discipline for Whiteside leaving the bench with 40.5 seconds remaining in the game would be handl...
  • • Spoelstra: Hassan Whiteside leaving bench early 'unacceptable'
    In last night’s loss to the Magic, Heat center Hassan Whiteside left the bench early during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and did not return. Per ESPN, head coach Erik Spoelstra was not given an explanation at the time, surmising that Whiteside was “probably extremely upset like we all are.” However, teammate Dwyane Wade provided a more...
  • • Justise Winslow could play point guard for Heat
    Justise Winslow could get some looks at point guard for the Miami Heat in the near future. The Heat will be without point guard Goran Dragic for around two months due to knee surgery. They have Tyler Johnson as their backup point guard, but they’re thin beyond that. That’s why Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra says Winslow could play point guard when ...
  • • Dion Waiters cleared for first full-contact practice of season
    Heat guard Dion Waiters was cleared for a full-contact practice this week, his first full session since undergoing ankle surgery in January, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. When asked whether Waiters could return by the end of the calendar year, coach Erik Spoelstra delivered a blunt assessment. “I don’t know. Basically right now, i...
  • • Dion Waiters getting closer to making season debut
    Dion Waiters is getting closer to making his season debut after having ankle surgery 12 months ago. The Heat tweeted this afternoon that Waiters will travel to Cleveland with the team and is listed as questionable for tomorrow night’s game. Waiters spent the weekend practicing with Miami’s G League affiliate in Sioux Falls and told Ira Winderman of...
  • • Erik Spoelstra 'sick' over inability to get Wayne Ellington minutes
    Speaking on Wednesday to reporters, including Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he’s “sick to my stomach” about not being able to find more minutes for veteran sharpshooter Wayne Ellington. Ellington – who was an important part of Miami’s rotation in 2017-18, knocking down 39.2% of his three-pointers in a career...

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