HoopsHype Mike Bibby rumors

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Mike Bibby isn’t expecting flowers. The last time the point guard saw the Celtics in the playoffs, he was a part of a Hawks team that terrified the championship-bound Celtics, taking them to seven games in their 2008 first-round series. Noticing the shift in support for a team that won 66 games compared with the one that won just 24 the year before, Bibby called Celtics fans “fair-weather.’’ For two weeks, he made himself the biggest villain in the city. He’ll come back to Boston this week, and he’ll do it in a Miami Heat jersey, so he doesn’t expect a warm welcome. “I don’t mind it,’’ he said. “If they’re paying attention to me, that means I’m doing something.’’ Boston Globe

April 25, 2011 Updates

With Sunday's 0 for 6 shooting, Bibby is now 6 of 27 from the field in the series and 4 of 19 on 3-pointers. "I haven't lost any faith in him," Spoelstra said. "Our players haven't lost faith in him. He's too good of a player, too good of a shooter. He'll bounce back. That's the least of our worries right now." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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NDP: Being on teams that have needed time to adjust and get to know eachother, did you expect them to have some struggles out of the gate? Penny: Oh yeah. It’s not going to just happen like that, because it’s not 3 on 5. It’s 5 on 5. The other guys will have to step up as well, and I just knew that DWade and LeBron weren’t jump shooters. They were going to be attacking and attacking, and teams were just going to pack the paint and make them make jumpers and force them into tough shots, versus just getting into the paint. That’s why they needed another facilitator, because if that guy can break the defense down and give it to them, now they’re 1 on 1 and doing whatever they want to do. When they start with the ball, everyone loads to help their side, and even though they have shooters to surround them, their shooters aren’t knocking down shots, so that’s making it all difficult for them. They might make shots once the playoffs come around, but if Mike Miller, Mike Bibby or James Jones got hot, it would make things a lot easier for LeBron and DWade to do what they need to do. If you help, they can kick it to somebody that they know is not going to miss, but they haven’t had that and those guys are missing a lot of those shots. Sole Collector

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Mike Bibby has taken 52 shots with the Heat, and only one has been inside 15 feet. He made it. He has not attempted a shot under 10 feet. This isn’t a huge surprise. Penetration is not really a part of his anymore, and especially not inside the structure of the Heat’s offense. He’s a shooter who can settle Miami down. Palm Beach Post

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"It is really not [anyone's] decision to make," said Bibby, who has signed contracts worth more than $100 million during his 13-year career. "I make the money, I decide what I do with it, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks of it," Bibby said. "My financial stuff is my business. It is always tough to give up money. I've won and lost in my career and I'm at a stage where I want to be happy." ESPN.com

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Mike Bibby signed with the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, the deal being finalized quickly after the 13-year veteran point guard cleared waivers and became a free agent. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bibby surprised many with his decision to sacrifice all of the $6.2 million that he was owed in 2011-12 in order to leave the Wizards. But Falk said that Bibby didn't want to waste his time playing out the season for a team headed nowhere. And, while he likes John Wall and respects the rookie's game, the 32-year-old Bibby had no interest in taking on a backup role in Washington. "It's a very interesting situation," Falk said. "He made a very significant financial sacrifice in order to win. He could've easily played out the end of the year, probably got traded to a playoff team. But this is what he wanted to do. In his 13th year, he feels he's too old to be a on team that's not headed to the playoffs and too young to be a mentor." Washington Post

March 1, 2011 Updates

Bibby will clear waivers on Wednesday. While Falk said Bibby has not made a decision yet about which team he will join, one source close to the situation said he's headed to Miami. The source also said Miami is the front-runner for Troy Murphy, but sources on Tuesday told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Murphy is signing with the Celtics. The Heat will have to cut as many players as they sign, and the source said Carlos Arroyo and Jamaal Magloire are the likeliest candidates. ESPN.com

However, Falk, who doesn't represent Murphy, maintained that nothing has been agreed to. "I've been in touch with six or seven of the top teams," he said. "Nothing can be done until he clears waivers." For Washington, the deal is a sweetheart one that will knock next season's payroll down to roughly $38 million, which is $20 million below the current salary cap. "It's gives us unbelievably great financial flexibility next year," Saunders said. "We're not right now a team that's in a playoff-type situation. I think it's a win-win situation." ESPN.com

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