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March 9, 2015 Updates

Don't let anyone tell you the relationship between fans and pro athletes is all business. We should know better than that by now, especially after what happened to Chris Bosh on Monday afternoon. Thanks to Heat fans everywhere, Bosh received more than 10,000 cards and signed messages, specially delivered via bus by the team's dancers and staffers. Sporting News

Ira Winderman: Heat announce Chris Bosh expected to be cleared to return to basketball in time for next season. "Chris Bosh will be re-evaluated this month, and if cleared, may begin regular exercise at that time with plans to start strength training next month. He is scheduled to resume full basketball activities in September." Twitter @IraHeatBeat

The Heat knows Beasley better than most and is willing to accept his quirks, flaws and all, but within limits. Beasley is on his second 10-day contract, and still has to earn a spot with the team for the remainder of the season. “You’re talking to a No. 2 pick. One of the best players in college basketball — not to toot my own horn. But to go from there to now be on a 10-day is definitely humbling,” Beasley said. “They always say, it could be gone tomorrow. For me, it was gone. Twice.” Washington Post

A few weeks removed from drinking snake juice and eating horse and lizard while a member of the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, Beasley said he’s “playing to eat” now in Miami, another last shot in a career that has already had a few. When asked about the greatest impediment in his career, Beasley responded, “I’ve been playing with a mental block. I can’t really explain. It needs to be lifted and nobody can do that but me.” Miami drafted Beasley in 2008 — ahead of future all-stars Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Brook Lopez, among others — and traded him two years later to Minnesota to clear up the cap space required to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Washington Post

“We view Mike as a family member. We drafted him. We spent a lot of time developing him,” Spoelstra said. “With all the change that we’ve had it was very nice to add someone this late in the game that’s a familiar face, that understands our culture. And we feel very comfortable with. That’s unique at this time of year. Continuity is important.” Washington Post

Whiteside then got a tryout with the Lakers, but didn't get an invite to training camp. "They picked Wayne Ellington over me," he says. Then came an invite to go to the Grizzlies' camp. He played in five preseason games before getting cut -- again, no surprise, given Memphis's roster, with Marc Gasol an All-Star incumbent at center, Zach Randolph newly extended and Kosta Koufos set as the backup big man. "Chris Wallace (the Grizzlies' GM) told me to just go down and dominate the D-League, and I thought I could, too," Whiteside said. "They had a lot of bigs. Gasol was playing really well. Maybe they didn't need me. I found my own path." NBA.com

The team and Beasley agreed to a new 10-day contract Sunday, according to his agent Jared Karnes. After this contract is up, the Heat must sign him for the remainder of the season (which seems likely) or release him. Not only is Beasley scoring (10.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting) and helping facilitate Miami’s offense, but he’s also defending with great effort, including Saturday’s game when he played some center and defended Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins as the backline of a zone defense. Miami Herald

Spoelstra said Beasley’s growth has been “incremental. He’s shown great strides in his competitiveness, technique, consistency.” Spoelstra said “there have been a lot of people to get him to this point,” and Beasley said his experience playing in China earlier this season benefited him off the court. Miami Herald

But can Miami sink $65 million or so into him in 2016? The Heat signed Whiteside to a two-year deal in November, which includes a club option for next season that the Heat will certainly exercise. But that's all Miami can do. The Heat can't give Whiteside an extension before his contract expires as contracts that are for four years or less can't be extended. So he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016. NBA.com

"It's real," Wade said. "The only thing that you hope for with someone like that is, for one, he stays healthy, for two, he stays hungry, and he stays humble. If he does those things, it's real. It's a good start when you have a guy, unexpected like that, 25 years old, that can dominate the game the way he's able to do." Whiteside has made his biggest strides in his consistency with the Heat's development program. "That's all we've asked," Spoelstra said. "That hasn't changed from day one. It was never about how many minutes, how many shots, how many opportunities. It was about commitment to our player development program. And that hasn't changed since he's found more success on the court. We still expect him to work ...every day, pre-practice, post-practice and film sessions. And he hasn't formed a sense of entitlement from his play. He's been very committed to the work behind the scenes." NBA.com

Last summer, Whiteside played with the Raptors' Summer League team, along with Toronto's first-round pick, Bruno Cabolco. Whiteside played in three games, at 17 minutes per game, and averaged 10 rebounds per game. That's a Per 36 minutes average of ... 21.1 rpg. "You go get on a computer, and you look at per minute," Whiteside says, "all through my career, and you will see the numbers. It ain't, 'oh, what clicked? What clicked? What clicked?' Nothing clicked. I just never had a chance." NBA.com

Chris Bosh has been out of the public eye since last month’s All-Star Game and has been resting at home after being treated for blood clots in his lungs. Bosh will be back at AmericanAirlines Arena tonight and will speak to the media for the first time since his medical scare. He is out for the season, but the Heat have said they expect him to make a full recovery. Palm Beach Post

Ethan J. Skolnick: Spoelstra says he invented an "amoeba defense." That's when 2 guys were in man & the rest were in zone b/c no one knew what they were doing. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

Dragic, who wants to stay with the Heat longterm, already has forged a close bond with Wade: “When I played against him, I thought he was a scorer. I didn’t know he was such a great passer. It’s so easy to play with this kind of player. [And] Wade is such a nice person. He embraced me.” Dragic is learning Wade’s tendencies; when Dragic penetrated, he passed to Wade for a three-pointer recently and “I said, ‘Shoot it.’ He said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable. It’s not my game.’” Miami Herald

March 8, 2015 Updates


Many players from the current squad in the list – including the two guys at the top.


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