Heat Nation http://heatnation.com Miami Heat News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Heat Fans Everywhere Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Bleacher Report Predicts Gordon Hayward Going to Heat This Season http://heatnation.com/rumors/bleacher-report-predicts-gordon-hayward-heat-season/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/bleacher-report-predicts-gordon-hayward-heat-season/#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:30:41 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21464 The start of NBA free agency is now less than a week away, with the Miami Heat looking to make a big splash when the time arrives. If the projection of one media outlet is accurate, Miami will be the ultimate destination of Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, one of the biggest names in this year’s offseason. […]

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The start of NBA free agency is now less than a week away, with the Miami Heat looking to make a big splash when the time arrives. If the projection of one media outlet is accurate, Miami will be the ultimate destination of Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, one of the biggest names in this year’s offseason.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report looked at the 27-year-old Hayward’s potential options, which appear to boil down to a three-way competition between the Jazz, Heat and Boston Celtics. In Roling’s opinion, Hayward will end up choosing the Heat.

“The smart money might suggest the Heat. Utah is a quality team mired in a wild conference, and Boston seems to have a bit of a logjam at Hayward’s position, not to mention an apparent hesitancy to make big moves. Miami has the weather, (Hassan) Whiteside and (Pat) Riley going for it, with the team one superstar arrival away from making it a serious contender in the Eastern Conference again.”

Staying with the Jazz could happen, even if Hayward’s lack of recognition on an All-NBA squad means that he’s not eligible for a super-max contract. However, he could still be offered a five-year contract for as much as $175 million from the Jazz, though that’s far from a certainty. Plus, with the Golden State Warriors’ potential dynasty likely blocking Utah’s path for at least the next few years, Hayward may see playing for an Eastern Conference team as an easier way to at least get to the NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics have Brad Stevens as their head coach, which would reunite Hayward with his coach at Butler University, where the team reached the NCAA Finals two years in a row in 2010 and 2011. Hayward was a part of that first squad, with the Bulldogs coming up just short to Duke University.

The Heat have the cap room to sign Hayward without being penalized by the luxury tax, though that price is still expected to be in the range of approximately $30 million per year. Both Boston and Miami, as well as any other team other than Utah, can only offer him a four-year deal.

In Hayward’s seven seasons in Utah, he’s averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists, connecting on 36.8 percent of his long-range attempts. This past season, Hayward’s numbers topped those numbers with 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists, hitting 39.8 percent of his 3-pointers.

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Miami Heat Rumors: Dwyane Wade Could Seek Buyout and Return to Heat http://heatnation.com/rumors/miami-heat-rumors-dwyane-wade-could-seek-buyout-and-return-to-heat/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/miami-heat-rumors-dwyane-wade-could-seek-buyout-and-return-to-heat/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:27:06 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21454 The possibility of Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade making his way back to finish his career with the Miami Heat could become a reality with the Bulls now in rebuilding mode. After trading small forward Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago could choose to buy out Wade, who could also apply pressure of his […]

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The possibility of Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade making his way back to finish his career with the Miami Heat could become a reality with the Bulls now in rebuilding mode. After trading small forward Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago could choose to buy out Wade, who could also apply pressure of his own to make it happen.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst appeared on the Zach Lowe’s “The Lowe Post” on Friday and said he fully expects Wade to push for the buyout of his $23.8 million option for the 2017-18 NBA season. Windhorst also offered the basis for Wade to consider a return to the Heat, where he spent the first 13 years of his career:

“Dwyane Wade can apply pressure to be bought out and be bought out immediately,” said  Windhorst.

“I don’t think a return to Miami is necessarily impossible. It depends on what Dwyane wants to do. It depends on Dwyane wants to play a bit role on a serious contender, or he wants to set himself for another contract after this season.”

Windhorst also mentioned the Cleveland Cavaliers as a possible destination, where he would rejoin close friend and former teammate LeBron James:

“If he went to Cleveland, for example, his role on the Cavs would be more as a supporting player, even a bench player,” said Windhorst. “If he went to a different team he might be a starter, or still be able put up good numbers and position himself for one final contract.”

The Cavaliers have won the Eastern Conference Finals the last three seasons and won the 2015-16 NBA title. However, over the past week, they’ve become engulfed in turmoil after the departure of general manager David Griffin.

Last month, Wade indicated that he was open to a Heat reunion at some point before he retires. That return could occur sooner than expected.

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Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra Give High Praise to Rookie Bam Adebayo http://heatnation.com/media/pat-riley-erik-spoelstra-give-high-praise-rookie-bam-adebayo/ http://heatnation.com/media/pat-riley-erik-spoelstra-give-high-praise-rookie-bam-adebayo/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:50:19 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21447 Miami Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra spoke glowingly about what the future could hold for Bam Adebayo, the Heat’s first-round draft choice, during his introductory press conference on Friday. Even though many analysts across the country questioned the Heat’s decision to pick the 6-foot-10 forward from the University of Kentucky, Riley confidently […]

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Miami Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra spoke glowingly about what the future could hold for Bam Adebayo, the Heat’s first-round draft choice, during his introductory press conference on Friday.

Even though many analysts across the country questioned the Heat’s decision to pick the 6-foot-10 forward from the University of Kentucky, Riley confidently proclaimed Adebayo will be one of the best players the franchise has ever drafted:

“One day,” Riley said as Adebayo held up his No. 13 jersey, “this jersey is going to be hanging up in the rafters.”

Riley may have been exaggerating a bit, but he also went on to compare the 19-year-old to NBA legend Shawn Kemp:

“I remember when I was coaching back in L.A.,” Riley, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, said. “Jerry West called me on the phone and he said, ‘I want you to come over to Loyola. I’m going to be working out a player,’ you know, back in the ’80s. He didn’t tell me who it was. I went over there and it was an 18-year-old high school kid by the name of Shawn Kemp.

“When I saw [Adebayo] in our gym here, I leaned over to Chet [Kammerer] and I said, ‘He reminds me of Shawn Kemp.’ At least physically and the mature, already developed athletic body for professional basketball. So that was a comparison and we all know what kind of career he had.”

Adebayo said that, as a kid, he had tried to pattern his game after Kevin Garnett’s. His new head coach was pretty excited with the comparison to the 15-time All-Star.

“I’ll take that one of Kevin Garnett,” Spoelstra said. “We have no problem with that but we also would like to maybe work on thinking differently with him and him becoming the best Bam that he can become. Maybe that’s somebody that 20 years from now younger kids emulate and try to copy his game.

“I’m still stunned by a young man this large and athletic and explosive that can move his feet and be that light on the ground. We think that fits to our defensive system, our style and the way the league is going you need guys that can show that kind of quickness. He can also punish teams in the paint at the rim. … So, we love him.”

Even with all of the lofty compliments about his on-court skills, Spoelstra pointed to Adebayo’s journey to the NBA as evidence of his willingness to push through adversity:

“A great story that we really connected with,” Spoelstra said. “And it’s taken a lot for him to get to this point to be a professional basketball player. We believe in these kind of stories, guys that have to show perseverance and great individual character. That matters. That matters in this league.”

For those that are unfamiliar, the North Carolina native grew up in a green single-wide trailer home with his mother, Marilyn Blount, who had to work long hours as a cashier to provide for the family. Often times, Adebayo noted, she would be asleep by the time he got home because of her work schedule.

“It was hard for me because my mom worked so much,” Adebayo said. “I barely saw her and I was in school. She would come home from work, she would cook and go to sleep. So I come from practice and she would already be asleep. So it was like, ‘OK, good night.’ She woke me up every morning, even in high school she still woke me up. I guess it was a sense of her being a mother that she had to do it. She was always good to me. I never wanted nothing. She made sure I had everything I needed. Just having that just humbles you.

“I had a 1999 Ford Explorer and it was the color of some type of brown. But she got me a car. I was happy with that. When you’re pulling up to school sometimes, you look next to you and there’s some dude with like a BMW. I was just grateful that I had a car. I was always humble. I never took anything for granted.”

In fact, Adebayo takes a picture of that trailer home with him wherever he goes. He hung up the picture in his dorm room at Kentucky and plans to bring it with him to South Beach as a reminder of his humble roots.

“As a young man you never want to see your Mom struggle,” Adebayo said of Blount, who traveled with him to Miami and sat in the first row of the press conference. “So, I worked my tail off and I got here so my Mom will never struggle again.”

Adebayo is set to make $2.5 million this coming season.

While this inspirational story is bound to land Adebayo as a fan favorite, his worth to the franchise will have to be proven on the court. The 243-pound big man is scheduled to play in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues next month.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Sign Three Undrafted Rookies to Summer League Deals http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-sign-undrafted-rookies-summer-league-deals/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-sign-undrafted-rookies-summer-league-deals/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:54:09 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21439 The Miami Heat may have landed just one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (big man Bam Adebayo at No. 14), but as the team has proven before, sometimes the best rookies in the class go undrafted. After the conclusion of Thursday night’s draft, the Heat signed three undrafted rookies to Summer League deals according […]

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The Miami Heat may have landed just one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (big man Bam Adebayo at No. 14), but as the team has proven before, sometimes the best rookies in the class go undrafted.

After the conclusion of Thursday night’s draft, the Heat signed three undrafted rookies to Summer League deals according to several sources: London Perrantes from the University of Virginia, Jamel Artis from the University of Pittsburgh, and Zak Irvin of Michigan University.

The Heat have found success signing undrafted rookies in the past, most notably guard Tyler Johnson, who went undrafted in 2014, but now has a contract worth $50 million.

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Hassan Whiteside Reacts to Miami Heat’s No. 14 Draft Selection http://heatnation.com/media/hassan-whiteside-reacts-to-miami-heats-no-14-draft-selection/ http://heatnation.com/media/hassan-whiteside-reacts-to-miami-heats-no-14-draft-selection/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:17:12 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21426 With the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected University of Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo to add to their frontcourt. Afterwards, Heat rising star center Hassan Whiteside took to Twitter to share his feelings on the pick: Good we needed another player from North Carolina on the squad 💪🏾👀#NBADraft — Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) […]

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With the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected University of Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo to add to their frontcourt.

Afterwards, Heat rising star center Hassan Whiteside took to Twitter to share his feelings on the pick:

The reason for Whiteside’s tweet stems from the fact that both players were raised in the state of North Carolina.

The duo of Whiteside and Adebayo will be a huge boost to the Heat’s already stout defense, as the 28-year old Whiteside will look to take the youngster under his wing during Miami’s push to return to prominence in the Eastern Conference.

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Heat Nation’s Player Profile on Miami’s No. 14 Pick Bam Adebayo http://heatnation.com/media/heat-nations-player-profile-on-miamis-no-14-pick-bam-adebayo/ http://heatnation.com/media/heat-nations-player-profile-on-miamis-no-14-pick-bam-adebayo/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:15:28 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21402 In a very eventful first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat added to their frontcourt as they selected University of Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo with the No. 14 overall pick on Thursday night. The 6-foot-10 Adebayo was one of the most explosive talents available, so the Heat took a chance on him and […]

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In a very eventful first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat added to their frontcourt as they selected University of Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo with the No. 14 overall pick on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-10 Adebayo was one of the most explosive talents available, so the Heat took a chance on him and his combination of agility and athleticism.

On defense, experts think the 19-year old Adebayo will have the strength to battle in the post with opposing big men, as well as the ability to keep up with guards while defending the perimeter.

The pick comes after Willie Reed had recently told the Heat earlier this month that he intends to decline his $1.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season to test free agency this summer.

Considered one of the biggest sleepers heading into the 2017 NBA Draft, only time will tell if Adebayo establishes an offensive skill set on a consistent basis at the NBA level. He is already being compared to Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson.

“I improved my shooting,” Adebayo said. “Everybody thought I couldn’t shoot and I got to my workouts and they were shocked.”

Miami was willing to take a chance on the young man, who played as a freshman for one year under legendary Kentucky head coach John Calipari during the 2016-17 season.

Adebayo was the third player selected from Kentucky in the 2017 NBA Draft behind guards De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings at No. 5) and Malik Monk (Charlotte Hornets at No. 11).

“We’re like brothers. This is our graduation,” Abedayo said. “Just being here, Calipari being like one of our dads.”

The talented young big man will be paired with Heat rising star center Hassan Whiteside in the frontcourt, as Whiteside continues to establish himself as one of the league’s best defenders and physically imposing players.

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Miami Heat Rumors: Several Teams Inquiring About Goran Dragic http://heatnation.com/rumors/miami-heat-rumors-teams-inquiring-goran-dragic/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/miami-heat-rumors-teams-inquiring-goran-dragic/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:40:14 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21397 According to Ethan Skolnick of CBS Sports, several teams, including the Indiana Pacers, have inquired about Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic; however, the Heat so far have turned down every offer that has been made to them. .@EthanJSkolnick just said teams keep calling the Heat asking for Goran but the Heat turn it down […]

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According to Ethan Skolnick of CBS Sports, several teams, including the Indiana Pacers, have inquired about Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic; however, the Heat so far have turned down every offer that has been made to them.

The 31-year-old Slovenian is set to make just over $17 million next season, and is on the books until 2020, when he can opt out of a $19.2 million contract if he chooses.

It’s clear that the Heat are invested in Dragic for the long run and hope he can be the franchise’s point guard for years to come. “The Dragon” had a career year last season as he put up averages of 20.3 points, on 47.5 percent shooting from the field and 40.5 percent from three.

As far as offseason moves go, the Heat anxiously await the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night, when they will be drafting in the unpredictable 14th position.

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Chris Bosh to Make Appearance in New TBS Comedy ‘Wrecked’ http://heatnation.com/media/chris-bosh-to-make-appearance-in-new-tbs-comedy-wrecked/ http://heatnation.com/media/chris-bosh-to-make-appearance-in-new-tbs-comedy-wrecked/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:12:03 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21384 With former Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh‘s career effectively at an end because of potential life-threatening health issues, his next occupational step could be to once again dip his toe into acting. He’ll make a cameo appearance, playing himself on the TBS comedy show, “Wrecked,” set for Tuesday night. Bleacher Report posted two clips from the show, […]

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With former Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh‘s career effectively at an end because of potential life-threatening health issues, his next occupational step could be to once again dip his toe into acting. He’ll make a cameo appearance, playing himself on the TBS comedy show, “Wrecked,” set for Tuesday night.

Bleacher Report posted two clips from the show, which feature his cameo.

Chris Bosh Wrecked

The 34-year-old Bosh has appeared in a number of different television shows over the past seven years, according to IMDB, playing himself in almost all of the appearances. Among the shows that he’s been on are “Entourage,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Rosewood” and “The Odd Couple.”

In addition to those scripted appearances, Bosh can also be seen in various YouTube videos that document parts of his off-the-court life and include clips from some of those past television roles.

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