NBA News and Rumors – September 9, 2009

Carney said to be returning to Sixers

Riley: Trust remains in Beasley’s Heat future

Expect Wade second-city speculationCarney said to be returning to Sixers

Philadelphia Daily News

The 76ers intend to sign swingman Rodney Carney to a contract, according to various published reports.

He was the No. 16 overall pick out of the University of Memphis in the 2006 draft, taken by Chicago and traded to the 76ers.

He spent two seasons with the Sixers, appearing in 137 games, including 41 starts. He averaged 6.2 points with the Sixers.

He was sent to Minnesota with Calvin Booth and a first-round pick in July 2008 to help create cap space for the Sixers to sign Elton Brand.

Riley: Trust remains in Beasley’s Heat future

Miami Heat President Pat Riley said Tuesday that he still has major hopes for forward Michael Beasley, even as the 2008 lottery pick remains in a Houston rehab facility due to violations of the NBA’s substance abuse policies.

Although limited by league rules regarding discussing specifics about Beasley’s stay, Riley said he has been in constant contact with All-Rookie forward and that the Heat coaching staff has been working with Beasley since his arrival last month in Houston.

The last thing I’m going to do now is judge him harshly on what has happened," Riley said. "I think we’re going to get a great year out of Mike. We’re in contact with him every single day."

Riley said the goal remains for Beasley "to play a prominent role, a bigger role than he played last year."
Beasley mostly was utilized as a backup power forward in 2008-09.

"I trust the fact that this guy," Riley said, "is going to produce big numbers for you."

Expect Wade second-city speculation

If you’re squeamish about Dwyane Wade’s future and a possible 2010 defection from the Heat, you may want to steer clear of anything coming out of Chicago this week.

Starting Thursday, the Heat guard will be hosting his inaugural Wade’s World Weekend in Chicago, a charity event resembling the Summer Groove he co-hosts with Alonzo Mourning in South Florida.
That has meant plenty of face time in his hometown, ranging from media to promotional appearances, a schedule that figures to be even further amped in coming days.

And that likely will be accompanied about speculation of a homecoming next summer with the Bulls, who could be in salary-cap position next July to add a top-tier free agent.
While Wade has mostly said the right things since his pre-Groove questioning of the Heat’s direction, speculation will be a staple over these next 10 months, barring unlikely extension agreements.

During a media appearance this weekend in London, LeBron James remained noncommittal about a definitive return to Cleveland in 2010-11.

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