HoopsHype Norris Cole rumors

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Norris Cole is content on being a member of the Miami Heat. He also knows anything is possible around this time of year. With trade rumors starting to swirl around the league, Cole is focusing only on his current situation. As of now, he is the Heat's backup point guard. That is his only concern. "Anything is possible," Cole said before Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings. "I know the business of the NBA. I just try to control what I can control and don't worry about it, at least try not to. Obviously, we're human." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cole is aware that the Heat might be shopping him around, but he said on Friday morning that it’s not a distraction. “Until I hear something and see the writing on the paper, I’m a member of the team I’m on now,” Cole said. “I want to help my teammates and help us to win, and that’s all I concentrate on. Until it’s in black and white, I really don’t consider it.” Miami Herald

Cole and the Heat couldn’t agree on a rookie-scale contract extension in October, so he will be a restricted free agent this summer. “I have to remain professional,” Cole said. “It wouldn’t be fair to my teammates if I become a problem or anything, so I remain professional and play to win. I’m a winner. I’m a champion.” Miami Herald

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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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