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Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that they have acquired brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns in part of a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans. Phoenix received Danny Granger and two future first round draft picks from Miami and John Salmons from New Orleans while the Pelicans received Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from the HEAT. NBA.com

The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami. The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal. NBA.com

“We are incredibly pleased to take another step in getting the Miami HEAT back to real championship prominence with the acquisition of Goran Dragic,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Goran is an All-NBA player, including the Most Improved Player last season, and we felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team. We are also pleased to bring his brother, Zoran, into the HEAT family. He had a great summer during international play and it’s great to have a brother-brother duo and someone that can help us in our rotation.” NBA.com

February 6, 2015 Updates
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A free agent, Whiteside had one of his first workouts with Miami. In 2010, the Heat had strongly considered drafting Whiteside; they wanted to give him a second look. The workout didn’t go well. The Heat, said Whiteside’s former agent, Brian Samuels, didn’t think Whiteside was totally invested in becoming an NBA player. According to Samuels, Pat Riley suggested Whiteside take a year off, get his head on straight, and decide what he wanted to do. “This kid has always had an immense amount of talent,” Samuels said. “He just needed to wrap his head around the idea that this was a full-time job. Back then, I don’t think he was there yet.” Sports Illustrated

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Wade helped the Heat last summer by taking a $11 million paycut to $31 million over this season and next, hoping it would help the Heat add talent around him if James left. But this season so far has been a mess, and Wade said: “I’m not really focused on waiting until 2016. I don’t know what that means. That’s their organization. They do what they want from that standpoint. I’m not involved in that. I’m a player. Whatever decision they make from a 2016 standpoint is on them. The only thing I can control is the decisions I make and what I do. Miami Herald

“Whoever is here, whatever we decide to do, you just want to be competitive. That’s all I ask for myself and for our guys. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen in 2016; 2016, to me, is so far away and I hope people aren’t waiting on it thinking we’re going to land this quote, unquote Big Fish because it might not happen for you. No one knows if Riley is going to wait until 2016. It’s all speculation.” Miami Herald

December 25, 2014 Updates

Miami Heat president Pat Riley did everything he could to try to convince LeBron James to re-sign only to watch him return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dwyane Wade didn't even bother trying to recruit James to stay with the Heat. "I didn't make a sales pitch to LeBron to come to Miami and I didn't make a sales pitch when he left," Wade said. "LeBron James makes his own decision. What is me coming to him with a sales pitch going to do? "I looked at the situation he was put in and I don't know too many people who wouldn't have made the same decision that he did. There was no reason to make a sales pitch." Yahoo! Sports

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With Williams in, it essentially ended Michael Beasley's second tour with the Heat, with the team's No. 2 overall draft pick in 2008 signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. Riley said it was part of refreshing the roster in the wake of LeBron James' departure. "I love Mike, but we're moving on," Riley said. "When L.J. left, we just cleaned the table. It's time to move on. It really had nothing to do with anything but we're just moving in another direction, in another way, and it was nothing punitive, there was nothing bad. "I wish him nothing but the best. But we decided, in the long run, Josh McRoberts and Shawne, Chris [Bosh], Chris Andersen, Udonis [Haslem] and the guys we had there. I didn't want him to be put in the position of not playing, maybe." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 6, 2014 Updates

Brian Windhorst joined Grantland’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Simmons on his podcast earlier this week and of course the topic quickly shifted to LeBron, particularly his exit from Miami. Simmons: “How much insight can you give us on Riley and LeBron?” Windhorst: “I don’t think LeBron was ever really close to Riley and I don’t think that’s a departure from the way he likes to treat management. … He sort of treats management in text relationships. He’s open to communicating with them, but he keeps them at arm’s length. He’s never going to be a guy like Dirk with Cuban. It’s just never going to be his style unless he changes. I think Riley tried to do his bonding maneuvers over the years and I don’t think that they worked. At the end, I wonder how much Riley understood LeBron, because when he came out and made that fiery speech at the end of the season, that is not somebody who has a good vibe who would think LeBron would react well to that.” Washington Post

Windhorst: “I’ve mentioned this before. I don’t think LeBron left because of that speech and I don’t think this was a big deal, but I think it’s a window into what he understands about LeBron. He just announced during that speech that LeBron was expecting a daughter and LeBron had gone to lengths to keep that quiet. He did not want that out there and several times he was asked about that in the media and he said ‘I’m not talking about that,’ and anybody that spent time around LeBron knew he kept that quiet … That he would say that, is an indication that he did not know Lebron and know that he was keeping that a secret … I really question how close they ever were. Washington Post

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