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April 13, 2014 Updates

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room. And Haslem, the old pro who has twice given up in excess of $10 million to stay in Miami, never once said a negative syllable from the bench, telling anyone who would listen that a time would come when he would be needed. And, as the Pacers continue an uncommon short-circuiting since the Granger-for-Turner trade, that was the undersized Haslem pushing around Roy Hibbert, the giant who called his teammates selfish, in the most recent game to help decide the Eastern Conference’s best team. Miami Herald

April 4, 2014 Updates

Heat players have referred to the risks you run when reshuffling a contender so late in the season. As one Heat official recently put it, "Now you see why we didn't trade U.D." Dealing Udonis Haslem, the 11-season standby, the three-time champion and all-time franchise rebounding leader, whose jersey will rise to the rafters shortly after his retirement, and whose Dade County credentials are so secure that they even survived his stealth move to Broward? The guy who has taken less money than was available on the open market twice, and who has embodied the Heat's self-professed, prized "culture" more than any player other than his on-court "father figure" (and recently-minted Basketball Hall of Famer) Alonzo Mourning, never backing down from a challenge, a foe or a fight? Bleacher Report

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But Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline still tends to hover in the locker rooms of even the NBA's most stable franchises. "Every team is different," forward Shane Battier said, with the Heat's primary focus on Thursday's nationally televised game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. "I've been on teams where everybody's been on high alert, 'This could be it.' And you're looking at moving your family and everything that goes along with a trade. I've been on other teams where it hasn't been an issue. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Battier also doesn't equate an eerie quiet to ultimate deadline silence. "We all understand what the trade deadline is about," he said, "and if they can make a move, they're going to make it. It's not about what people have done last year or last couple of years or whatever. It's about what can we do in 2014. "And if this team can make a move and improve itself and give itself a shot to win a championship, they're going to do it." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

He said there is, however, a palpable ease after the deadline. "I mean, it's something that you don't have to worry about anymore," Bosh said. "Other guys on the team, if that's weighing on their shoulders or if they know that it's a possibility, after it passes, yeah, it's a sigh, and then you just can focus on what you need to focus on. "But for some guys, you know, sometimes it's something that wears on them a little bit. We're all human. Of course, it's going to. But you just have to let it pass, and if it passes move on." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 18, 2014 Updates

For every call, the Heat have offered stiff rejections, sources said, and value Cole as one of their best young assets. Pat Riley traded for Cole in the 2011 NBA Draft and the 6-foot-2 guard swiftly emerged as a contributing reserve, boasting a consistent midrange jumper, defensive ferocity and a keen ability to run a team. RealGM

February 10, 2014 Updates

Q: Should the Bobcats make a trade for Kyrie? I know 1st round picks would have to go and maybe Kemba. Would it be worth it? Steve Kyler: I have been told there is no scenario outside of getting LeBron back that the Cavs would consider trading Kyrie Irving… so nothing else really to say. The Bobcats don’t have the pieces to even get a conversation going. Basketball Insiders

February 9, 2014 Updates

When center Shaquille O’Neal left the Lakers, it was blamed on his poor relationship with Kobe Bryant. He begs to differ. “We didn’t have a bad relationship because we won three out of four championships,” he told TNT. “That’s not a bad relationship at all. It was a money situation. I was getting older. They wanted me to take less money and I wasn’t going to do that, so they traded me to Miami. It doesn’t matter how many fights or scuffles we had. We’re the best one-two punch ever created.” News-Herald

January 24, 2014 Updates

“On top of getting the assets, we like Joel Anthony’s defense, and we like getting the draft picks and all that. But there are so many more things that go on top of it — getting opportunities for development. When we started the season, we just had logjams everywhere.” Boston Herald

January 21, 2014 Updates

With Oden looking like he can be a contributor, the Heat sent veteran center Joel Anthony to Boston last week as part of a three-team deal that brought guard Toney Douglas to Miami. But people around the league think the Heat are still looking to make another deal, for a wing, before the trade deadline. NBA.com

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