Category Archives: Heat
Miami would be pleased if it can re-sign Dwyane Wade, pair Chris Bosh or
Amare Stoudemire with him and add a $7.5 million starter. But Pat
Riley, who wants to build a "dynasty," is thinking big, and NBA people
expect he will try to persuade two star players to join Wade here. So
how can Miami facilitate that within salary-cap rules?
With another team’s help, Miami can position itself to sign Wade and two
other max-salary players. But some scenarios are more do-able than
others because first-year max salaries vary. Here’s how some three-star
combos could happen:
As you watch the replay of Paul Pierce’s game-winner, take note of who
was on the floor defending.
There was Dorell Wright, who was the isolation defender on Pierce and
did not have an opportunity to use the foul that the Heat had to give,
and the other four bodies were Michael Beasley, Quentin Richardson,
Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers.
If Miami can sign Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire — and there’s at least
a decent chance — plus re-sign Dwyane Wade, that would leave only a
few million dollars for point guard and small forward, which must be
addressed. Deciding which of those two is more pressing will be among
many decisions for Pat Riley, with the late-season play of Mario
Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo and Dorell Wright factoring in.
MIAMI — With two roster spots available to fill, the Miami Heat are on
the cusp of signing former Siena shooting guard Kenny Hasbrouck, a deal
that could be done as early as Monday.
Barring an unforeseen development, Hasbrouck is expected to fly to
Miami on Monday. If he passes a physical, he’ll be offered a contract.
Q: All this talk of trading Wright seems wrong to me. The team has
invested so much to develop him, and just when he is starting to show
signs of some development, it is going to dump him for salary-cap
reasons? — Shaun.
Two people who spoke to the Heat said LeBron James is clearly the
outside free agent most coveted by the Heat, but Miami does not want to
risk losing out on other targeted stars by waiting too long. Re-signing
Dwyane Wade remains the No. 1 priority.
Trading Chris Quinn last week and acquiring free agent point guard
Rafer Alston almost certainly won’t be the only moves the Heat makes
before the February trading deadline.
With the point-guard position bolstered with veteran depth, the next
task on team president Pat Riley’s itinerary is to reduce Miami’s $2.5
million luxury-tax bill.
By Marc Stein
The Miami Heat’s position on trades is no secret. They won’t even
consider making a deal for anyone whose contract extends beyond this
season to preserve every cent of their projected trove of salary-cap
space for July 1, 2010.
According to an NBA executive, the Heat said it’s open to offers for
James Jones — who has a good chance to be bought out next summer.
Because of Quentin Richardson’s back injury, Jones started Friday’s