Heat Nation http://heatnation.com Miami Heat News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Heat Fans Everywhere Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:39:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.21 Why the Miami Heat Are Hesitant to Offer Justise Winslow a Contract Extension http://heatnation.com/rumors/heat-deal-justise-winslows-contract-situation/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/heat-deal-justise-winslows-contract-situation/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:39:01 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26348 This year’s comeback of Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow from a season-ending shoulder injury in 2017 should be seen as a positive for the team. However, that success and the potential for more improvement during the upcoming year could make for a difficult choice by the team next July. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald […]

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This year’s comeback of Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow from a season-ending shoulder injury in 2017 should be seen as a positive for the team. However, that success and the potential for more improvement during the upcoming year could make for a difficult choice by the team next July.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes that because Winslow will be a restricted free agent in 2019, the possible market among other teams may end up pricing him out of the Heat’s range. The Heat made Winslow a $4.7 million qualifying offer this season in order to ensure that his status will be restricted, but Jackson pointed out the Heat’s key problem:

“Making a long-term investment in Winslow — a decision that now looms — will further restrict Miami’s cap and tax flexibility.

“Winslow is set to become a restricted free agent next summer, and the Heat has three realistic options: 1. Sign him to an extension before the start of this upcoming regular season, the league’s deadline for such matters; 2. trade him next season or 3. attempt to retain him next summer, with the risk of another team making an offer that Miami would find unappealing.

Winslow handles the ball well, has improved his shot from beyond the arc and is an asset on defense. During the 2017-18 campaign, he averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while hitting from long-range at a 38 percent rate. Jackson pointed out that similar numbers have gotten another forward, Kyle Anderson, a four-year, $37 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The financial ramifications with giving Winslow the same type of deal and also having the cap space to offer a max deal to a free agent are explained by Jackson:

“The Heat already is in a difficult cap predicament, needing to shed $43 million next summer to carve out salary cap space for a max player, which at this point seems unrealistic. If Winslow gets $9 million from the Heat in 2019-20, that number grows to $52 million and would push the Heat’s current salary commitments to $128 million for that 2019-20 season, well above that season’s projected $109 million cap and barely below the $131 million tax threshold.”

The Heat are already looking to deal some of their high-priced talent in order to have that flexibility. Next year, they’ll again have to deal with the free agency of Wayne Ellington, who recently re-signed with the team and will have full Bird Rights.

An offer right now to Winslow is possible, but until it’s made, the Heat will have to gauge just how valuable Winslow is to the future of the franchise.

“According to a team source, the Heat hasn’t given Winslow an indication of whether an offer will be made this offseason,” wrote Jackson. “Though no decision has been made, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Heat waits until next year to make a decision on Winslow. Last year, the Heat approached Josh Richardson with a four-year, $41 million extension in August.

“But from all indications, the Heat hasn’t been offering Winslow in trades.”

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Report: Derrick Jones Jr. Showing ‘Most Encouraging Development’ During Summer League http://heatnation.com/media/heat-official-derrick-jones-jr-showed-encouraging-development-summer-league/ http://heatnation.com/media/heat-official-derrick-jones-jr-showed-encouraging-development-summer-league/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:33:52 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26347 Miami Heat swingman Derrick Jones Jr. had an impressive showing during the Heat’s three games in Sacramento, averaging 21.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Jones also appeared in one game during Las Vegas Summer League, but was forced to leave early after suffering an ankle injury while attempting to block an opponent’s shot. The […]

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Miami Heat swingman Derrick Jones Jr. had an impressive showing during the Heat’s three games in Sacramento, averaging 21.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Jones also appeared in one game during Las Vegas Summer League, but was forced to leave early after suffering an ankle injury while attempting to block an opponent’s shot.

The Heat’s vice president of player personnel, Chet Kammerer, told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that Jones’ development was the most encouraging out of any player on the Heat’s summer league roster.

“The most encouraging development over the past two months has been the improved play of Derrick Jones,” said Kammerer. “That’s basically because, in my opinion, he has bought into the Heat culture, philosophy, work ethic, commitment, focus, all those things have blended. [Credit] our staff. They have done an outstanding job.

“That was borne out when he played in Sacramento and one quarter here [in Las Vegas before his ankle injury]. That’s without question the most encouraging development of the summer. Other than that, guys have had their moments over the course of the summer.”

At the start of free agency, the Heat signed Jones to a two-year standard NBA contract, which serves as an upgrade from the two-way contract he was on last season. His new deal is fully guaranteed for the 2018-19 season and will pay him about $1.5 million.

Even with the solid play during the summer, the University of Nevada Las Vegas product might not see a lot of playing time next season as the Heat already have a total of six other players signed to the shooting guard and small forward positions. The possible return of Dwyane Wade would also more than likely lower the amount of minutes Jones receives.

Last season, Jones appeared in 14 games for the Heat (eight starts) and averaged 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. As for his time with the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Jones played in 29 games, averaging 17.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

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Report: 3 Miami Heat Players Being Made Available for Trade http://heatnation.com/rumors/report-3-miami-heat-players-being-made-available-for-trade/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/report-3-miami-heat-players-being-made-available-for-trade/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2018 01:11:18 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26338 In attempting to put together their roster for the 2018-19 NBA season, the Miami Heat are focusing on trying to get under the league’s salary cap in order to avoid the assessment of a luxury tax. However, in their effort to rid themselves of three large contracts, they’ve yet to make any sort of headway because […]

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In attempting to put together their roster for the 2018-19 NBA season, the Miami Heat are focusing on trying to get under the league’s salary cap in order to avoid the assessment of a luxury tax. However, in their effort to rid themselves of three large contracts, they’ve yet to make any sort of headway because of their current unwillingness to sweeten any deal to take on those expensive pacts.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald pointed out the problem:

“Two high-ranking executives with other teams said this week that Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters have all been made available by Miami in trade discussions.

“But they said that in their team’s conversations with Miami, the Heat has not offered a first-round pick, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson or any of its other appealing assets as a carrot for a team to take on any of those contracts.”

The chief reason for the Heat attempting to deal away the trio is the steep costs that remain on their books. Whiteside is due $51.5 million over the next two years, Johnson will be paid $38.4 million over that same time frame and Waiters has $36.3 million scheduled to come to him in the next three years.

Jackson also noted that the Heat are currently scheduled to pay $4.9 million in luxury tax after the signing of Wayne Ellington and will owe over $10 million if they re-sign Dwyane Wade on a $5.3 million exception deal. The need to deal any of the aforementioned players isn’t immediate since that tax is based on the team’s payroll on the final day of the regular season, which is nine months away.

That lengthy time span allows Miami plenty of time to reconsider its current position.

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Report: ‘Strong Frontrunner’ Has Emerged Between Miami and Houston for Carmelo Anthony http://heatnation.com/rumors/strong-frontrunner-emerges-miami-houston-carmelo-anthony/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/strong-frontrunner-emerges-miami-houston-carmelo-anthony/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:15:27 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26329 With All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony‘s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder bound to happen soon, two teams — the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets — have risen above other suitors to acquire the journeyman. However, it looks like one of the teams has topped Anthony’s list: The Houston Rockets have emerged as strong frontrunners to acquire Carmelo Anthony once he is […]

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With All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony‘s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder bound to happen soon, two teams — the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets — have risen above other suitors to acquire the journeyman. However, it looks like one of the teams has topped Anthony’s list:

When reports surfaced earlier this week that Miami had already met with Anthony in Las Vegas, there was considerable hope he might come to South Beach. Heat president Pat Riley has a superb history in wooing stars and getting them to buy in. After all, Anthony would be a first-option scorer in Miami and consolidate the offense, an opportunity he didn’t get in Oklahoma City next to power players Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Yet, it looks Anthony will likely continue that backseat role in Houston if he joins forces with MVP James Harden and Chris Paul. Although his function would be smaller in Houston than in Miami, the forward would get an immediate chance to compete for a championship. The Rockets took the Golden State Warriors to seven games in the conference finals, and could have possibly advanced had Paul not gotten injured.

Although his production dropped off last season, Anthony can still give a team a huge scoring punch. The 34-year-old averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 78 starts last season. In addition, the 15-year pro can help stabilize a locker room and provide a solid veteran presence to a competing team.

While the Heat look like they’ll miss out on Anthony, it was respectable that they were even in the conversation considering this was expected to be a quiet offseason. On Thursday night, the team took care of their main free agency objective by retaining sharpshooting guard Wayne Ellington. Now, the team will focus in on bringing back franchise legends Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Sign Wayne Ellington to One-Year Deal http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-sign-wayne-ellington-to-one-year-deal/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-sign-wayne-ellington-to-one-year-deal/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:34:49 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26323 According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat are bringing back sharpshooter Wayne Ellington on a one-year, $6.27 million deal. Per source, Wayne Ellington has agreed to a one year, 6.27 M deal with Heat — Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 13, 2018 Ellington was an unrestricted free agent, but the Heat had repeatedly […]

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According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat are bringing back sharpshooter Wayne Ellington on a one-year, $6.27 million deal.

Ellington was an unrestricted free agent, but the Heat had repeatedly mentioned that they were interested in bringing back the 30-year-old guard. This signing increases the probability of guard Dion Waiters being traded as the team now has a crowded backcourt.

Ellington averaged 11.2 points last season on a blistering 39.2 percent from three. It looks like Pat Riley and the front office will be doubling down on the team’s roster from last season and seeing how far this core unit can take them.

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Miami Heat Rumors: Heat Looking to Trade Dion Waiters http://heatnation.com/rumors/report-miami-heat-gauged-market-dion-waiters/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/report-miami-heat-gauged-market-dion-waiters/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:20:20 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26315 The Miami Heat are looking to bring back several key players from last season’s roster and perhaps even bring in some additional talent as well. According to AmicoHoops.net, that could leave the Heat looking to make room for those kinds of moves by parting ways with shooting guard Dion Waiters: “Eager to create cap space, […]

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The Miami Heat are looking to bring back several key players from last season’s roster and perhaps even bring in some additional talent as well.

According to AmicoHoops.net, that could leave the Heat looking to make room for those kinds of moves by parting ways with shooting guard Dion Waiters:

“Eager to create cap space, the Miami Heat have gauged the trade market for shooting guard Dion Waiters, league sources told Amico Hoops.”

Waiters still has three years and approximately $36 million left on his current contract. He is also still recovering from a left ankle injury that was initially projected to keep him out for eight to 10 months. While he averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in the 30 games he did play last season, he will likely find himself competing for minutes in Miami’s crowded backcourt in the 2018-19 season.

With the Heat hoping to bring back players like Wayne Ellington, Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem, as well as possibly signing Carmelo Anthony if he should become available, it looks like Waiters could become the odd man out. That is, if they can find someone willing to trade for him.

“So far, Miami hasn’t found a suitable trade market for Waiters, as opposing teams are unsure how he’s going to produce after coming off ankle surgery,” Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops wrote.

This offseason was predicted to be fairly quiet for Miami. However, it now seems as though things could starting heating up rather quickly.

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Miami Heat Rumors: Heat a ‘Premium Consideration’ for Carmelo Anthony http://heatnation.com/rumors/miami-heat-rumors-heat-premium-consideration-carmelo-anthony/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/miami-heat-rumors-heat-premium-consideration-carmelo-anthony/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:03:52 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26294 The activity that’s ensued after the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that they were parting ways with Carmelo Anthony primarily includes a number of teams that have appeal to the veteran forward. According to one ESPN insider, the Miami Heat are among this select group of teams that are vying to acquire a still-viable player at […]

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The activity that’s ensued after the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that they were parting ways with Carmelo Anthony primarily includes a number of teams that have appeal to the veteran forward. According to one ESPN insider, the Miami Heat are among this select group of teams that are vying to acquire a still-viable player at a highly discounted price.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted that the main competition for the Heat will likely be the Houston Rockets:

“The Thunder could waive and stretch Anthony’s $27.9 million salary, saving the franchise $107 million in salary and tax, within the next seven to 10 days if they are unable to find a trade partner, league sources said. The Rockets will be a premium consideration for Anthony, along with the Miami Heat, league sources said.”

The strong likelihood is that the Thunder won’t find that elusive trading partner, which will lead to the waive-and-stretch scenario noted above. A key reason why the Rockets will offer a stiff challenge in any bidding war is that they’ve lost two forwards, Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, in the free-agency market. They also offer Anthony the chance to play with his close friend, Chris Paul, who recently re-signed with the team.

Ultimately, the decision of Dwyane Wade to either return for another year or retire could play a major part in Anthony’s final decision. The two players also share a close friendship, with the discounted status of Anthony something that appeals to a Heat team that’s somewhat limited in what they can do because of the league salary cap.

The 34-year-old Anthony began his career with the Denver Nuggets before being dealt to the New York Knicks in 2011. Prior to the start of last year’s training camps, he was traded to the Thunder. Over the course of his 15 years in the NBA, he’s averaged 24.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, though those numbers dipped to 16.2 and 5.8, respectively, last season.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Agree to Two-Way Contract With Duncan Robinson http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-agree-to-two-way-contract-with-duncan-robinson/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-agree-to-two-way-contract-with-duncan-robinson/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:46:12 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=26296 The Miami Heat didn’t have a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that hasn’t stopped them from signing a talented rookie to their roster. After turning heads with his performances during the NBA Summer League, Duncan Robinson and the Heat have agreed to a one-year two-way contract. Heat has agreed to a one-year two-way […]

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The Miami Heat didn’t have a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that hasn’t stopped them from signing a talented rookie to their roster.

After turning heads with his performances during the NBA Summer League, Duncan Robinson and the Heat have agreed to a one-year two-way contract.

The Heat have quite a few reasons for signing the University of Michigan alum. Robinson has started all five of Miami’s Summer League games. In those games, he has averaged 12.4 points on 57.8 percent shooting and 62.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

With the deal, Robinson will now be able to spend 45 days of the 2018-19 season with the Heat and the remainder of the season with the Heat’s G League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce. Robinson will be able to earn up to $275,000 this upcoming season.

According to the Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and Vice President of Player Personnel Chet Kammerer made Robinson a priority immediately following the conclusion of last month’s draft.

“We kind of thought that he wouldn’t get drafted,” Kammerer said at the NBA Summer League, “and I kind of had in mind all along and felt like this is the key guy that goes undrafted and we could plug him in.”

He continued to discuss what Robinson specifically brings to the table.

“I just think he’s special as far as a shooter,” he said. “And we can expand his game. And he’s done some things that have encouraged us, things he didn’t do during his college career. His numbers were pretty weak, except for the fact that he could shoot. And he’s not 6-3.

“So the attractive part is his length, his size and then his ability to shoot. I saw him at a workout early and it was one of the more impressive workouts I’d ever seen, that’s why I felt he could be a special shooter.”

As for Robinson, he’s just grateful for the opportunity to prove that he can excel at the next level.

“I felt like I was labeled in college,” he said. “Not to discredit anything I did in college, but I feel there’s a lot more to my game than just that. It’s a great opportunity to be out here and be able to showcase that. I’m grateful for the opportunity.

“I’m just trying to show it on both ends and mix it up and maybe break some labels, stereotypes that have been placed on me.”

Thanks to his new contract, it looks like Robinson is going to get the opportunity to prove that and more to the Heat this upcoming season.

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