HoopsHype Norris Cole rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

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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Alex Kennedy: Executives continue to say that Miami is making Norris Cole available. If they can move him, they could have even more money to spend. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

June 27, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: I have no info about the Toronto-Miami rumor involving Kyle Lowry and Chris Bosh. I just know that Miami has made Norris Cole available. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

The deal, which will consist of the Raptors signing and trading Lowry in exchange for Heat point guard Norris Cole, cash and a combination of future draft picks, can't be officially consummated until sometime after July 1 because Miami is currently over the salary cap and must sort out its position with its existing core of superstars—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Bleacher Report

June 26, 2014 Updates

Joseph Goodman: Heat's trade for Napier was made w/out sending Cole to Hornets, I can confirm through a source. Not sure the ramifications of this yet. Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr

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After a personal chef was shot dead at the South Beach club Mansion, the crowd scattered, jammed exits, and ran out onto Washington Avenue and into nearby clubs where patrons blended in with the dancing masses. The chaos and cleanup that followed left the crime scene poisoned. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting and the fight that preceded it inside the club’s VIP section, tables were knocked around, couch pillows were tossed about, and glasses, bottles and napkins with potential fingerprints went airborne. Miami Herald

“The crime scene was contaminated,” said Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez. “A crime scene tells a story.” Item contamination “takes away from the narrative.” Adding to the difficulty of the police investigation: the death of Antaun Teasley, 42, a celebrated chef who cooked for professional athletes that include Miami Heat point guards Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers. Teasley was found with a bullet in his upper torso by the club’s promoter, a personal friend, near an exit at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died. “It’s like taking pieces of the puzzle away. It could be anything from a club bottle with glass that contains prints, to blood spats,” Hernandez said. “What has really set us back, too, is that the victim passed away.” Miami Herald

The search for the killer of a well-known chef who was gunned down inside a South Beach nightclub continued Wednesday, as friends tried to make sense of the shooting. Antaun Teasley, the personal chef for Miami Heat player Norris Cole, was shot and killed inside popular Mansion nightclub early Tuesday. Miami Beach Police said Teasley, 42, had been in the VIP section of the club when he was involved in a physical altercation. He ended up with a gunshot wound to his upper torso, police said. NBC Miami

Teasley's death was announced hours before Cole and the Miami Heat would play Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami Tuesday night. On Twitter, Heat guard Mario Chalmers called the news "crazy." Chalmers also used to employ Teasley several years ago and he worked for some Miami Dolphins players. Miko Grimes, wife of cornerback Brent Grimes, said in a tweet that Teasley was going to cook for her birthday party next week. Former Dolphin Bryant McKinnie also posted a picture with Teasley on Instagram calling his death "disturbing." NBC Miami

June 4, 2014 Updates

Let's be honest: South Florida fans will jump from sport to sport, from team to team, for any intoxicating partnership with winning. "I think we've done a good job of transforming this into a basketball town,'' Wade said. "Now when people mention, 'Miami,' most of the sports fans around the country think, 'Heat.' '' There are 15 players who reflect the residue of this fame in their daily lives. They bump into it everywhere and the attention multiplies now. Chris "Birdman" Andersen gets stopped several times in one grocery trip. Rashard Lewis gets cheers picking up kids from school. "Any restaurant I go in, people clap for me, people want pictures,'' guard Norris Cole said. "That's just how it is now. It's pretty humbling to have happen to you, but when it happens all the time you figure it's just part of the playoffs scene." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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