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  • • 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 ...
  • • Watch: Heat fan runs on court, grabs ball after free throw
    A Miami Heat fan presumably got himself in quite a bit of trouble with some boneheaded antics that left the players on the court stupefied during Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets at AmericanAirlines Arena. With less than a second remaining in the game and the Heat down 102-99, a fan donning a Dwyane Wade jersey trotted out on the court aft...
  • • Justise Winslow making giant strides for Heat
    Justise Winslow took a giant leap with the Heat in December, seeing most of his minutes at point guard and proving his worth by running the team’s offense. The sudden transformation came when All-Star guard Goran Dragic sustained a knee injury, forcing coach Erik Spoelstra to make a quick decision and give more ball-handling duties to Winslow. Wins...
  • • 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...
  • • 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...
  • • 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...
  • • 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...
  • • 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...
  • • 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...

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  • • Heat announce front office changes
    Longtime Heat executive Chet Kammerer will take on a reduced role in the team’s front office going forward, the club announced today in a press release. Previously Miami’s VP of player personnel, Kammerer will become a senior advisor of basketball operations, according to the club.Meanwhile, Heat assistant GM Adam Simon will receive a promotion to ...
  • • Hassan Whiteside, Joel Embiid have made peace?
    One of the Eastern Conference’s biggest feuds finally appears to be in detente.Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who will be playing in this weekend’s annual NBA Africa Game, said on Wednesday that he sat next to Philadelphia 76ers rival Joel Embiid during a media session. Whiteside indicated that he had made peace with Embiid after getting an op...
  • • Whiteside has 'great talk' with Spoelstra, Riley
    Center Hassan Whiteside told reporters Wednesday that he met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra last month and he is in a better place with the team now....
  • • Dion Waiters may be primary backup to Goran Dragic
    The Heat may use Dion Waiters as the primary backup to starting point guard Goran Dragic if Waiters’ ankle issues are behind him, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Coach Erik Spoelstra was using Waiters in a playmaking role before he was sidelined last season. Tyler Johnson isn’t suited for that role, Winderman continues...
  • • Erik Spoelstra needs to figure out the right rotation for Heat
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will have a difficult time coming up with a rotation after team president Pat Riley failed to address the logjam at several positions, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel notes. With Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and James Johnson on the roster, there aren’t enough frontcourt minutes to go around ...
  • • Heat's chief revenue adviser canned amidst scandal
    The Heat have fired a team executive who is under an FBI investigation into a suspected money-laundering scheme, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Jeffrey R. David was hired in July as chief revenue officer for The Heat Group after a similar role with the Kings. He had been placed on administrative leave before Miami decided ...
  • • Author claims LeBron wanted Riley to coach in Miami
    Early in his first season in Miami, LeBron James sent a message to Heat president Pat Riley that he should take over coaching duties from Erik Spoelstra, author Ian Thomsen claims in a new book. That story is among several contained in “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA,” which Thomsen ...
  • • Erik Spoelstra convinced Dwyane Wade not to retire
    Dwyane Wade was “strongly considering” retirement last week before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and a few other people were able to convince him to change his mind, according to an Associated Press report.Wade, 36, held off on announcing a decision all summer before releasing a Twitter video on Sunday in which he revealed his intention to play one mor...
  • • James Johnson may not be ready for season opener
    Heat forward James Johnson hasn’t been medically cleared for contact and may not be ready when the season begins next month, relays Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.Johnson had surgery in May for a sports hernia that he suffered at the end of January. He remains hopeful that he’ll be ready for the October 17 season opener, but that depends on his ...
  • • 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 ...

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