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March 27, 2015 Updates

Walker, 18 at the time and now 27, was playing in an AAU tournament when his cousin Edrick called and asked if he wanted to attend Edrick’s 18th birthday party that night, about 45 minutes away. Walker declined because he thought basketball needed to be the priority that day. The next morning, Walker learned Edrick, a friend and two others were killed overnight in a quadruple homicide on the streets of Huntington. “It was a sign that basketball saved my life,” Walker said. “I think about it every day. Just looking at my daughter, I think this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been playing basketball.” Miami Herald

When he played his final game for the Celtics in April 2012, he had no idea it would take two years and 10 months to make it back to the NBA, his return coming last month when the Heat signed him to two 10-day contracts, and eventually for the rest of this season, with a team option for 2015-16. “I had to understand it wasn’t about basketball for me,” he said. “It was the mental aspect, my preparation, how seriously I took my job, how I treated people. My coach at Kansas State, Frank Martin, used to tell me you can be a tough guy without being an [expletive] to people. That’s something I had to take to heart. “When he told me that at 17, 18, I had no clue what he was talking about. Now as you get older, I’m thankful for those talks with Frank. It finally started to click for me.” Miami Herald

“There are not too many people I know from that area whose fathers had been in their lives, so that was a common bond we all had growing up,” Walker said. “All raised by their mothers, bleak situation. An environment with a lot of violence, a lot of drug dealing, a lot of people without a positive mind-set because they feel like they don’t have any options. Then you have people clawing to get out. It makes for a bad environment. “Down the street from me was a 24-hour dope house. You would have junkies, dealers. It was an everyday thing. These people were my neighbors. I didn’t realize how crazy it was until I got out and see how other people live.” Miami Herald

March 26, 2015 Updates

Eric Pincus: Added Michael Beasley and Henry Walker's 2-year deals to @BBallInsiders Miami Heat - both conditional min. salaries. In case of Michael Beasley - a team option for Miami - to be decided before July for 15/16 season. Henry Walker's $1.1 mil non-guranteed, after 8/1 - $100k locks in, after 11/3 - $300k,after 12/1 $500k @BBallInsiders http://www.basketballinsiders.com/miami-heat-team-salary/ Twitter @EricPincus

March 20, 2015 Updates
March 13, 2015 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Henry Walker for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Walker has appeared in 10 games (five starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 27.4 minutes, helping Miami to a 6-4 record over that span. He recorded a career-high four steals on March 11 vs. Brooklyn, a career-high three blocks on March 7 vs. Sacramento and his six charges taken this season are already the third-most on the team. He also hit consecutive three-point baskets, one with 22.4 seconds left and the next with 2.1 seconds remaining, on February 25 at Orlando to send the game into overtime where the HEAT secured a, 93-90, win. NBA.com

March 12, 2015 Updates
March 8, 2015 Updates

Saturday’s report included the Washington Wizards’ win over the Miami Heat and a mistake the league acknowledged. The NBA concluded that Tyler Johnson’s tip-in with 1 minute 8 seconds remaining, which was initially ruled offensive goaltending before the call was overturned, was called incorrectly and should’ve been ruled offensive goaltending. The bucket cut the Wizards’ lead to one point in their near epic collapse after leading by 35 points in the third quarter. Miami had a chance to capitalize on the ruling but Henry Walker missed a three-pointer on the Heat’s ensuing possession and Michael Beasley didn’t release his jumper before the buzzer in Washington’s 99-97 victory. Washington Post

March 5, 2015 Updates

Walker went from planning life overseas to knocking down clutch passes from Dwyane Wade. “It’s possible,” a source said, “that Walker will stick with Miami for the remainder of the season.” Miami doesn’t have the luxury of bringing in players without NBA experience and without knowledge of the Heat’s system. This resulted in Miami signing Michael Beasley – a former Heat draftee – who returned from China. Basketball Insiders

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February 26, 2015 Updates

The deadline for players to be playoff-eligible is Sunday, meaning the Heat have until then to finalize the roster they will take to the postseason if they make it. Combo forward Henry Walker is on a 10-day deal that began last Saturday, so Miami has flexibility with two of its spots. Palm Beach Post

February 25, 2015 Updates

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