HoopsHype Mike Bibby rumors


March 1, 2011 Updates

Arroyo was not at practice Tuesday because the Heat needed to clear room for the impending arrival of Mike Bibby, the veteran point guard who will clear waivers Wednesday. Players were put in an odd position when asked about the change, looking forward to Bibby’s addition while not wanting to disregard what Arroyo contributed. Palm Beach Post

“First of all, we hate to lose Carlos, we hate to lose a brother,” LeBron James said. “He’s been here from Day 1, and he put a lot of hard work into it. Being our starting point guard early in the season, just staying with a positive attitude when that job was taken away from him. So much respect to Carlos.” Palm Beach Post

James said that Mario Chalmers has “done an unbelievable job,” But when asked what Bibby would bring, spoke mostly of Bibby’s experience in big games. “He’s not afraid of the moment,” James said. “He’s hit big shots. He’s taken big shots, he’s not afraid to miss.” James has known Bibby since he was in high school. “And a few years, we tried to have an opportunity to get him in Cleveland, and it didn’t work out,” James said. “So I’ve had some conversations with him and always said, ‘It would be good to have you as our point guard.’” Palm Beach Post

Mike Bibby made a somewhat surprising move when he elected to surrender his entire $6.2 million salary next season in order to receive a buyout from the Washington Wizards. But Maurice Evans and Jordan Crawford -- the teammates who joined Bibby from Atlanta in last week's trade for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong -- weren't surprised by his decision. "He had been talking about it," Evans said about Bibby after the Wizards lost 105-77 on Monday. "He's kind of in a different stage in his career, being a full-time starter. He's not into a rebuilding process. Had he had a different perspective and wanted to tutor John Wall, but I guess he figured he might do that if he was four or five years older, then that would've been a better situation for him." Washington Post

February 28, 2011 Updates

Joseph Goodman: Falk on #Bibby: "Miami would be a great situation" but also Boston, others. Cautions that everything is "really speculative at this point." Twitter

A pair of independent sources have confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that veteran point guard Mike Bibby plans to sign with the Miami Heat in the wake of Monday's buyout from the Washington Wizards. Bibby, acquired last week from the Atlanta Hawks at the NBA trading deadline, agreed, according to multiple reports, to bypass his $6.2 million 2011-12 salary from the Wizards in order to move to a contender. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Chris Mannix: Mike Bibby giving up $6 mill next year to get out of Washington not as surprising as you think. Says an exec, "Can't make it in a lockout." Twitter

Bibby is eager to sign with a title-contending team after clearing waivers, and sources say the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers are interested in him. 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. ESPN.com

Who is going to be the biggest name to be bought out and where are they heading? Chris Sheridan: Colleague Marc Stein has already reported the buyout news for the biggest name out there, Troy Murphy, and the next guy to watch for is Mike Bibby, who would move into the starting job and who can hit 3s (unlike C.Arroyo and M.Chalmers, the players Miami has used there to date). Rasual Butler got waived today by the Clippers, and shooters are always in demand. ESPN.com

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