Heat Nation http://heatnation.com Miami Heat News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Heat Fans Everywhere Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:36:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.16 Pat Riley Comments on Possible Dwyane Wade Reunion in Miami http://heatnation.com/media/pat-riley-comments-on-possible-dwyane-wade-reunion-in-miami/ http://heatnation.com/media/pat-riley-comments-on-possible-dwyane-wade-reunion-in-miami/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:36:18 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22944 The contract situation of Chicago Bulls veteran guard Dwyane Wade has led to an avalanche of speculation about what might take place during the upcoming season, with a buyout generally accepted as the most likely thing to happen. Since Wade has spoken about potentially rejoining his former team, the Miami Heat, Heat team president Pat […]

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The contract situation of Chicago Bulls veteran guard Dwyane Wade has led to an avalanche of speculation about what might take place during the upcoming season, with a buyout generally accepted as the most likely thing to happen. Since Wade has spoken about potentially rejoining his former team, the Miami Heat, Heat team president Pat Riley was asked about his opinion on the possibilities.

Riley spoke during a preseason media session at AmericanAirlines Arena about Wade, though his tone was measured in order to avoid any hint of tampering, since the veteran’s contract officially runs through the end of the upcoming campaign.

“I feel great about our relationship that we had over the 13 years,” Riley said. “Anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that.

“But right now he’s under contract with Chicago and I wish him the very best.”

Even if Wade doesn’t end up in a Heat uniform to end his career, Riley is certain that his legacy with the franchise was established long ago.

“Other than actually being in love with Dwyane Wade because of our relationship over 13 years when he was here, and remembering when Jason Terry missed that shot in Dallas and Dwyane collared the rebound, threw it to the heavens and we won the championship and he was MVP of that series,” Riley said of the 2006 NBA Finals, “other than that, if something happens, and I can speak to this because he’s under contract to them, I’m just speaking of my experience with Dwyane.”

The chances for a buyout appear to have been enhanced by statements made on Thursday by Bulls general manager John Paxson.

“We want to work with Dwyane because we respect him very much. If he doesn’t want to be here, then we want to do [a buyout],” Paxson said. “But again, the bottom line is always — and it has to be — that we have to do what’s in our best interest.”

While the Heat are one of the main contenders for Wade’s services if that buyout is completed, they’ll likely be in competition with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s because Wade’s close friend and former teammate with the Heat, LeBron James, would jump at the chance to have him added to their roster. In addition, the Cavaliers are considered to have a much better shot at competing for an NBA title than the Heat. Riley is no doubt privately hoping that the roots that Wade planted during his 13 years with the Heat are strong enough to convince him otherwise.

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Miami Heat Unveil Sponsor Jerseys for 2017-18 Season http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-unveil-sponsor-jerseys-for-2017-18-season/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-unveil-sponsor-jerseys-for-2017-18-season/#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:03:42 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22929 One big change that NBA fans will notice this season is the new rule that allows companies to buy advertisement patches on NBA jerseys. While many teams have already revealed their company sponsors, the Miami Heat‘s sponsor had remained a mystery. On Thursday, the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson reported that the South Florida-based company Ultimate Software had won […]

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One big change that NBA fans will notice this season is the new rule that allows companies to buy advertisement patches on NBA jerseys. While many teams have already revealed their company sponsors, the Miami Heat‘s sponsor had remained a mystery.

On Thursday, the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson reported that the South Florida-based company Ultimate Software had won the competition to put its logo on Heat jerseys this season.

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Jackson added that the Heat’s executive vice president and revenue officer John Vidalin had confirmed the partnership.

“We are extremely proud to have Ultimate Software as the first partner on the Miami Heat Jersey,” Vidalin said. “This is truly a historic opportunity and we are thrilled that we will be partnering with a company based here in South Florida.”

Vidalin continued to explain why Ultimate Software will make a fantastic partner for the Heat.

“This opportunity is not something we took lightly,” Vidalin said, adding that the Heat and Ultimate Software will work together on several community programs. “It was important for us to find a partner that had similar beliefs and values and Ultimate Software definitely fits that bill. They have been a longstanding partner of the Heat’s, with a rich history of giving back to the South Florida community.”

The Heat officially announced the partnership during a news conference at American Airlines Arena. According to Miami Herald beat writer Manny Navarro, the new partners also announced that they are teaming up to donate $1 million to relief efforts for Hurricane Irma.

It appears the Heat were committed to partnering with a company that calls South Florida home. While it may take some time for fans to get used to the new addition of jersey patches, Heat fans should be happy to know that many at Ultimate Software were likely rooting for the Heat long before the two became official partners.

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ESPN’s BPI Predicts Miami Heat to Finish Sixth in Eastern Conference http://heatnation.com/media/espns-bpi-predicts-miami-heat-to-finish-sixth-in-eastern-conference/ http://heatnation.com/media/espns-bpi-predicts-miami-heat-to-finish-sixth-in-eastern-conference/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:32:56 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22920 The Miami Heat‘s strong second half during the 2016-17 season gave hope that the momentum from that surge would carry over into the upcoming campaign. However, it appears that one projection shows that any improvement as it relates to the team’s win-loss record figures to be minimal by the time the regular season ends next […]

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The Miami Heat‘s strong second half during the 2016-17 season gave hope that the momentum from that surge would carry over into the upcoming campaign. However, it appears that one projection shows that any improvement as it relates to the team’s win-loss record figures to be minimal by the time the regular season ends next April.

The ESPN Analytics team crunched all of the necessary numbers on each of the NBA’s 30 teams, with the final analysis of ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) showing that the Heat can be expected to win 42.9 games. That would be good enough for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and be an improvement of two games from last year’s 41-41 season that came up just short for the postseason.

ESPN’s Seth Walder explains what goes into determining BPI:

“BPI is a forward-looking model that predicts the strength of each team on offense, defense and altogether. In making its game predictions, the model takes into account factors such as the strength of the two teams, the game’s location and rest differential between the two squads. BPI simulates the season 10,000 times to create its projections for both the season and the playoffs.”

The defending champion Golden State Warriors top all teams in the projections with an expectation of 63 wins, with the Boston Celtics pegged to win the most games in the Eastern Conference with 54.

Last year’s first-half struggles for Miami were largely caused by a string of injuries that left them with an 11-30 record at the midway point. One addition for the Heat for this season is their top pick in the NBA Draft, Kentucky power forward Bam Adebayo.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option on Justise Winslow http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-exercise-fourth-year-option-on-justise-winslow/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-exercise-fourth-year-option-on-justise-winslow/#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:18:19 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22907 Justise Winslow still has a lot to prove to live up to the expectations the Miami Heat had for him when they drafted him in 2015, but it appears the Heat have faith in Winslow’s future. On Tuesday, the Heat announced that they have exercised their fourth-year option on the talented small forward, guaranteeing him $3.44 million […]

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Justise Winslow still has a lot to prove to live up to the expectations the Miami Heat had for him when they drafted him in 2015, but it appears the Heat have faith in Winslow’s future. On Tuesday, the Heat announced that they have exercised their fourth-year option on the talented small forward, guaranteeing him $3.44 million for the 2018-19 season.

The Heat celebrated the achievements Winslow has already reached in his young career in an official team statement:

“He was one of eight HEAT players to average double-figures in points (10.9) last season, marking the most for any team in the NBA. The former NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection appeared in 78 games in 2015-16, becoming just the fifth rookie to lead the HEAT in games played during a single-season.”

Though Winslow was only able to take the court for 18 games last season due to multiple injuries, he is still seen as a large part of the team’s future. In his 96 career games, Winslow has averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.

Winslow enters the 2017-18 season as one of the frontrunners to assume the starting small forward position, and will compete with Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder to claim the role. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently spoke to team president Pat Riley about Winslow’s chances to become the starter this season.

“It’s up to him. He was short-circuited by the wrist and the shoulder. Justise is going to compete like crazy to start,” he said. “The great thing about Spo (Erik Spoelstra), is when we come into training camp, it’s open.”

The Heat continue to solidify their core of players for the future through a slew of offseason contract extensions. With extending Winslow’s contract, the Heat’s future looks quite bright.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Sign Forward Erik McCree http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-sign-erik-mccree/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-heat-sign-erik-mccree/#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:16:20 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22899 The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed forward Erik McCree of Louisiana Tech University. Per the team’s official website, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The forward played three seasons at Lousiana Tech and averaged 14.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field to go along with 7.3 rebounds in 99 games. […]

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The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed forward Erik McCree of Louisiana Tech University.

Per the team’s official website, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The forward played three seasons at Lousiana Tech and averaged 14.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field to go along with 7.3 rebounds in 99 games.

During McCree’s senior year, he earned All-Conference USA First Team honors as he led his team in points (585), rebounds (295), field goals made (202), free throws made (127) and minutes (1,047).

According to the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, McCree is likely to be an “affiliate” player for the Heat’s D-League.

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Goran Dragic Wins MVP as He Leads Slovenia to EuroBasket Championship http://heatnation.com/media/goran-dragic-wins-mvp-lead-slovenia-eurobasket-championship/ http://heatnation.com/media/goran-dragic-wins-mvp-lead-slovenia-eurobasket-championship/#comments Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:20:33 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22887 Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic put together a performance for the ages during the EuroBasket championship game on Sunday, as Slovenia knocked off Serbia 93-85 to earn gold in Istanbul, Turkey. Dragic was named the MVP of the tournament for his stellar play, which was cemented by a clutch 35-point effort against Serbia. .@Goran_Dragic wins […]

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Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic put together a performance for the ages during the EuroBasket championship game on Sunday, as Slovenia knocked off Serbia 93-85 to earn gold in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dragic was named the MVP of the tournament for his stellar play, which was cemented by a clutch 35-point effort against Serbia.

The Dragon went off for a whopping 20 points alone in the 10-minute second period to help Slovenia build a nine-point lead at intermission.

Dragic, who is the only active NBA player on Slovenia’s roster, finished with an impressive 12-of-22 from the field to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Heat teammates James Johnson and Justise Winslow both immediately took to social media after the game was over to congratulate Dragic for his heroic performance.

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Dragic now has about one week before the start of the Heat’s training camp, which opens with media day at American Airlines Arena on Sept. 25.

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Pat Riley Seen Personally Delivering Supplies for Hurricane Irma Victims All Over Miami http://heatnation.com/team-news/pat-riley-personally-delivering-supplies-hurricane-irma-victims-miami/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/pat-riley-personally-delivering-supplies-hurricane-irma-victims-miami/#comments Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:22:48 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22882 The Miami Heat have been in a giving mood over the past few weeks. From Micky Arison and his foundation pledging upwards of $10 million for Hurricane Irma relief to Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra helping Miami’s pet population, it seems that team president Pat Riley has joined in on the altruistic efforts. That’s because […]

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The Miami Heat have been in a giving mood over the past few weeks.

From Micky Arison and his foundation pledging upwards of $10 million for Hurricane Irma relief to Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra helping Miami’s pet population, it seems that team president Pat Riley has joined in on the altruistic efforts.

That’s because over the past couple days, Riley has been quietly delivering food and goods all over South Florida, including the neighborhoods of El Portal, Miami Shores, Overtown, and Little Haiti.

It’s truly heartwarming and inspiring to see a person of Riley’s stature personally go out of his way to hand deliver much-needed items to the less fortunate.

The president went out of his way to help the South Florida community without informing the Heat, further proving that Riley’s efforts were purely genuine and not some type of publicity stunt.

Training camp is set to begin in a little over a week as the Heat look to build upon their core roster from last season.

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Nike Officially Unveils Miami Heat Statement Edition Uniform http://heatnation.com/media/nike-unveils-miami-heat-statement-edition-uniform/ http://heatnation.com/media/nike-unveils-miami-heat-statement-edition-uniform/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:27:21 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=22870 On Friday, Nike unveiled their Statement Edition uniforms and while some teams will be sporting bold new looks this season, the Miami Heat are keeping it classic. The new uniform resembles the Heat’s classic red alternates and look as crisp as ever. 🔥👀 #NIKExNBA A post shared by Miami HEAT (@miamiheat) on Sep 15, 2017 at 6:50pm […]

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On Friday, Nike unveiled their Statement Edition uniforms and while some teams will be sporting bold new looks this season, the Miami Heat are keeping it classic.

The new uniform resembles the Heat’s classic red alternates and look as crisp as ever.

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With one more jersey yet to be revealed, Nike and the Heat could be waiting till the very last moment to surprise fans with something truly new. Until then, the Heat faithful can look forward to looking as great as ever when the Heat take the court for the 2017-18 season.

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