Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:52 am
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets are among the multiple teams who’ve spoken to Chicago about (Tyrus) Thomas. The Bulls are telling people that they have several teams willing to offer first-round picks – in 2010 or beyond.
Bulls management is telling teams they expect to take the bidding right to the Feb. 18 deadline. The Bulls want to avoid the possibility of Thomas accepting a $6.2 million qualifying offer on the eve of this summer’s free agency, which would deliver a major dent to their salary-cap space. Thomas, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer.
The Bulls are desperate to recruit Miami’s Dwyane Wade back to his hometown, but one source familiar with Wade’s thinking says he’s ”far less” inclined to bolt Miami unless Chicago has the ability to sign a ”significant” free agent to join him.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 1:12 pm
By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel : The Miami Heat is among several teams mulling a possible bid for Amare Stoudemire, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The Phoenix Suns, according to numerous media outlets, have been listening to overtures regarding the veteran power forward, amid concern by the team that he might depart without compensation next summer as a free agent.
While the Heat is doing its due diligence, several other teams have gone as far as to see whether Stoudemire would be amenable to an extension if he is acquired before the Feb. 18 trading deadline.
The Heat likely would take a different approach. If anything, Stoudemire's $17.7 million option for next season could get in the way of a possible deal, since the invoking of such a 2010-11 option by Stoudemire would take the Heat out of the premium level of 2010 free agency if guard Dwyane Wade re-signs in July.
For the Heat, which likely would have to part with forward Michael Beasley in such a deal, a move for Stoudemire essentially would be a move away from the hope of a potential signing of the Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh or Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James next summer.
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:46 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer : The pressure on LeBron James to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star Weekend next month is increasing. But the Cavaliers star doesn't seem to be moving from his spot on the fence.
"I'm still 50/50," James said before the Cavs played the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
When James first had the idea he said he hoped friends like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and former dunk champ Dwight Howard would take part.
But all of them have backed out, Howard being the last to do so this week.
James has not ruled it out and seems to believe he's got plenty of time to make up his mind. But it also continues to seem like he's going to skip it.
"I haven't made up my mind yet," James said. "If I decide to do it, they might let me do it."
Posted on: January 13, 2010 2:39 pm
By Barry Jackson, Miami Herald : 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.
"They're going to get a feel for who they have the best shot at and will craft their strategy accordingly," a source close to the Heat said. "They will pursue more than one guy. James is their top choice, but if they get a yes from Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire, I'd be shocked if they told either to hold on so they can wait on LeBron" -- unless Miami has strong reason to believe James is coming. "If they get one of those three, they would feel confident they can keep Wade. Their biggest anxiety is losing Wade."
The Heat expects to have between $17 million and $22 million in cap space after re-signing Wade -- enough to add a second maximum-salary player but not a third.
Though Wade has said he prefers to stay, the Heat fears he could bolt if the team does not upgrade a lot this summer. Free agents can agree to deals beginning July 1, but cannot sign until July 7.
Posted on: December 23, 2009 12:23 pm
By Michael Wallace, Miami Herald : "I read a Charles Barkley quote when he said we were a team full of Tito Jacksons," Michael Beasley said after Tuesday's practice. "I do not think that at all. Udonis Haslem is one of the best shooters [and] hardest-working rebounders in the league. And I think I can score with anybody in the NBA. It's not about saying it anymore. It's about doing it."
Beasley has taken aim with his game. Having settled into his role as the starting power forward, Beasley has scored in double figures in 14 of the past 15 games. He already has eight 20-point games this season, well ahead of his rookie season's pace when he scored at least 20 on 16 occasions.
Call Beasley improved. Just don't call him Tito, not that he's putting down one of the lesser-regarded Jacksons.
"Nothing against Tito; he's pretty talented," Beasley said. "But when you put him next to Mike, it's not really a comparison. It's like saying Rick Fox is talented. But when you put him next to Mike Jordan, it's really no competition."
Comparisons aside, Beasley just wants to show the league that he stacks up as a solid sidekick for Dwyane Wade this season. Beasley is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points and seven rebounds.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 12:28 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2009 12:31 pm
By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel : Miami's Dwyane Wade previously had vowed to follow the leads of friends and 2008 Olympians LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But with James and Wade to be free agents next summer, there is some hesitancy to add to what already could be a hectic offseason.
"It's tough," Wade said. "I've made a commitment. I'm committed to USA-B. It's tough this summer. I have to wait. And it's not just because of the contract. It's a long season. I've got to wait to see how my body feels, as well. So it's not as easy as other summers."
Should the United States take gold at the World Championships, which are scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 12, it automatically would qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Otherwise, there would be a round of regional offseason qualifying in 2011.
"I'll talk to the guys that are on the team," Wade said, with Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, opponents just this past week, already agreeing to participate this summer.
Colangelo has structured an offseason schedule that would allow free agents to handle their business before getting down into the meat of the national-team schedule. A minicamp the third week of July could be made optional for those involved in free agency, with the national team then to begin training the second week of July in Las Vegas. The 2010 free-agency signing period begins July 8, with negotiations allowed to begin July 1.
With the Heat's personnel decisions on hold until 2010 free agency, Wade senses it could be a particularly grueling year, even without a national commitment.
Posted on: November 12, 2009 12:08 pm
By Tim Reynolds, AP Sports Writer : Dwyane Wade pleaded for years to join the Jordan Brand family, wanting to wear the shoe his idol made famous.
His persistence is being rewarded.
When Jordan Brand makes its long-awaited release of the Air Jordan 2010 in February to commemorate the popular line's 25th anniversary, Wade will debut the shoe. Hand-picked for the role by Michael Jordan himself, the Miami Heat guard called it "a huge honor."
"I was in awe, because I know what it means to not only be a part of Jordan Brand but really represent Michael on the court in the shoe he would wear," Wade told The Associated Press. "Very excited, to say the least."
The shoe will be launched nationwide Feb. 13 and will carry a retail price of $170. That coincides with All-Star weekend near Dallas and is four days before Jordan's 47th birthday. It's unknown if Wade will wear the shoe beforehand, say in Miami's marquee Christmas Day game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.
"Sometimes you have to pass the torch. ... He epitomizes what the brand represents," Jordan said Wednesday night, when the arrangement was formally announced. "Being a player from our home community of Chicago, he has won championships already, his work ethic ... those is are all things that I feel like represent the brand. I think we can build a great relationship."
Posted on: July 13, 2009 1:45 pm
The Miami Heat didn't waste any time in offering Dwyane Wade a contract extension, in hopes of retaining him before he hits the free agent market next summer. Sunday was the first day the Heat were legally allowed to make Wade an offer, and they did so immediately -- but Wade, so far, is tight-lipped about the offer.
"There's nothing further to discuss other than I got a call at 12:01," Wade said, as quoted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Pat Riley and Wade's agent, Henry Thomas, both confirmed that the deal offered to Wade was a three-year contract of maximum proportions. CBSSports.com's Ken Berger further reported that the maximum Miami could offer Wade under the collective bargaining agreement is a four-year, $86.6 million deal. It is not yet known what the price tag is on the three-year deal Wade was offered on Sunday.
While they wait for D-Wade to decide, the Heat are also at the top of the list of teams looking to snag unrestricted free agent Allen Iverson from Detroit.
The Miami Herald reports that Iverson asked for a one-year deal with Miami for the $5.8 million midlevel exception. Miami is reportedly hoping to get Iverson in the range of $2 million or less per year, while Iverson is also shopping his wares to Charlotte and Memphis.