Woodson: Knicks can beat Heat without trade

As much as they investigated, the Knicks are expected to stand pat at Thursday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline for the second straight year.

The reasons are partly because of their awkward mix of contracts and partly because the franchise feels it can topple the defending-champion Miami Dream Team without a deadline deal. Nevertheless, that sentiment was put to the test last night when they were humiliated out of the All-Star break in a 125-91 horror show against the Pacers.

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Miami Heat ‘Free-agent Focus’: Eddy Curry

(When the lockout ends, the Miami Heat will be limited to no more than
the mid-level exception to spend in free agency, which should fall
somewhere in the $5.5 million range. That’s if it exists at all in a new
collective-bargaining agreement. Otherwise, there might only be the
veteran minimum to spend, which would be roughly $1 million for 2011-12.
This is the 10th in a series of evaluations of potential free-agent
targets.) Continue reading “Miami Heat ‘Free-agent Focus’: Eddy Curry” »

James Jones declines player option, will become free agent

Forward James Jones has informed the Miami Heat he won’t be exercising
the player option in his contract and will become a free agent,
according to an NBA source.

Jones, who was waived days before free agency opened last year, then
re-signed 21 days later, would’ve earned $1.3 million this year had he
exercised his option. Continue reading “James Jones declines player option, will become free agent” »

The Big Three part won't change.

You don’t host a party one year then usher out the guests of honor the next.

So 2011-12 (lockout permitting) for the Miami Heat will start where
2010-11 ended, with a blueprint designed around the skills of LeBron
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The difference will be that Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik
Spoelstra will have a greater sense of what it takes to complement such a

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Jack not hot on Heat rumours

To borrow one of those brainless quotes that often come out of an
athlete’s mouth these days, it is what it is, which is why Jarrett Jack
isn’t losing any sleep over it.

A rumour has made the rounds linking Jack with the Miami Heat, where
club president Pat Riley is said to be keen on bringing in more shooters
to spread the floor and provide better spacing for the team’s Big
Three. Continue reading “Jack not hot on Heat rumours” »

Source: Heat work out Jerry Stackhouse

The Miami Heat are looking into adding another veteran to their
experience-laden roster. Jerry Stackhouse, who will turn 36 years-old
next month, worked out for the Heat in Atlanta on Thursday, a source
close to the team said.

Stackhouse met with Heat officials including team president Pat Riley on
Thursday and attended the Heat’s game Thursday night against the Hawks.
He is expected to take a physical on Saturday. Continue reading “Source: Heat work out Jerry Stackhouse” »

Celtics will host Heat, LeBron on Opening Night

Miami’s new Big Three will be making their regular-season debut against the Celtics’ Big Three at TD Garden.

According to a league sources, the revamped Heat, featuring the daunting
trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, will open the NBA
season against the Celtics Oct. 26, a clash that will be nationally
televised by TNT.

The league will release its opening week and Christmas Day schedules
tonight on NBA TV, and it’s expected that the Heat and Celtics will be
prevalent in those games. Continue reading “Celtics will host Heat, LeBron on Opening Night” »

Haslem thinks Wade will be back, not as sure about himself

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem spent Tuesday considering
makeovers, in terms of both personal grooming and grooming his future.

Foremost, the focus during an appearance at the team’s youth camp at
South Broward High School in Hollywood was the direction the Heat will
take in free agency, with Haslem and teammate Dwyane Wade both to become
part of that process July 1.

Asked if he expected Wade, his closest friend on the team, to be back
next season, Haslem said "I think he will." Continue reading “Haslem thinks Wade will be back, not as sure about himself” »

Utah Jazz: Heat looking at Carlos Boozer if they can't get Bosh

Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer may yet get his wish to play for the
Miami Heat.

But it could come with a price, according to a suggestion Wednesday in a
Miami newspaper column.

According to the Herald item, an unidentified "official close to the
Heat said Miami wants to pursue Carlos Boozer if it cannot get Chris
Bosh (its top power forward choice), or, likely, Amare Stoudemire.
Boozer would love to play here but would need to accept below his $15.8
million maximum first-year salary." Continue reading “Utah Jazz: Heat looking at Carlos Boozer if they can't get Bosh” »