HoopsHype Norris Cole rumors

December 10, 2014 Updates

James believes Dellavedova reminds him of a former teammate that helped the Heat win two titles. "I had Norris Cole on my team in Miami," James said. "He was the same type of guy. We called him the pit bull. You just put him out there on anybody and he's always going to be successful and know you can never discredit how he goes about the game and how hard he plays. You put him out there for 20 seconds and it will be the hardest 20 seconds he ever played, like he'll never play again... Everything they do won't show up in the box score but teammates and people that know the game know he made an impact." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Norris Cole and forward Luol Deng moved a step closer to returning to the court. Both were able to complete Saturday's practice, a day before the Heat faces the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. "I'm feeling better, a lot better," Cole said. "I was able to go through more practice. I felt good. We'll see what happens (Sunday)." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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When it comes to guards the Heat might move, I think it would be more likely to be Cole, considering the Heat opted not to extend him at the Oct. 31 deadline. If the Heat re-sign him in the offseason (unless he takes the one-year qualifying offer as a restricted free agent), it would carry his money past the 2016 offseason, when the Heat are trying to mass their cap space for free agency. Chalmers, by contrast, has a contract that ends just before the 2016 offseason. Advantage Mario. Ultimately, moving either could come down to the confidence that Shabazz Napier instills as the point guard of the future (his money goes beyond the 2016 offseason, but at the affordable rookie scale). South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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For his part, Cole said he would allow the business portion of his equation to sort itself out, with the decision on offering the extension, and the degree of that offer, resting with the Heat. "To be honest," Cole said, "I only can control what I can control, and that's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The reality is that based on how he has been utilized during the preseason, Cole is in a position to negotiate for starter's money. Against that backdrop, however, is Riley's plan to keep as much salary-cap flexibility as possible for the 2016 offseason, with only Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts holding Heat contracts that extended beyond 2015-16. "Of course I'm aware of it," Cole said of the Halloween deadline, "but I've never been one to worry about stuff like that. I always know that if I do what I'm supposed to do, things are going to be the way they're supposed to be." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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The reality is that based on how he has been utilized during the preseason, Cole is in a position to negotiate for starter's money. Against that backdrop, however, is Riley's plan to keep as much salary-cap flexibility as possible for the 2016 offseason, with only Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts holding Heat contracts that extended beyond 2015-16. "Of course I'm aware of it," Cole said of the Halloween deadline, "but I've never been one to worry about stuff like that. I always know that if I do what I'm supposed to do, things are going to be the way they're supposed to be." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There was an interesting twist with Cole in the offseason, when he signed on with agent Rich Paul, the same agent who handled LeBron James' July free-agency departure from the Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It was a decision me and my support system made," Cole said of that move to James' long-time associate. "It was a decision we made and that's as much as I want to say about it. I felt it was best for me." Cole, who played at Cleveland State, with Paul's agency based in Northeast Ohio, said the decision was not influenced by James. "No, I was familiar with him," he said of Paul. Cole, who is from Dayton, said it was not a means of testing whether he, too, could return to his Ohio roots. "I made the decision based on for me and what I need," he said, "not based off anybody else. I made a decision based on what I thought and what was best for me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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There are some intriguing players who will sign extensions or become free agents next summer, such as Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, Faried, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, Miami’s Norris Cole, and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. The Celtics don’t have to worry about such four-year contract issues. That was the year they acquired JaJuan Johnson on draft night for MarShon Brooks. Johnson never stuck in the NBA and is now playing for Besiktas in the Turkish League. Brooks, meanwhile, has signed with Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League. Boston Globe

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