HoopsHype Pat Riley rumors

June 29, 2014 Updates
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The Heat could stand to add more talent at point guard. Kyle Lowry would be their dream, though Toronto must be considered the favorite to retain him. Miami could also land much-needed help on the wings by snagging Shawn Marion, Marvin Williams or Trevor Ariza. I'm also told that Pat Riley intends to make a run at Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins, who has one year left on his contract. ESPN.com

June 25, 2014 Updates

Both James and the Heat are fans of Napier. James tweeted during the NCAA title game in April: "No way u take a PG in the lottery before Napier." Heat president Pat Riley, meanwhile, also is fond of Napier. Riley likes four-year players who can come in and contribute right away. ESPN.com

June 24, 2014 Updates

Pat Riley Statement on LeBron James. “I was informed this morning of his intentions. We fully expected LeBron to opt-out and exercise his free agent rights, so this does not come as a surprise. As I said at the press conference last week, players have a right to free agency and when they have these opportunities, the right to explore their options. The last four seasons have been historic and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Erik Spoelstra have led the Miami HEAT to one of the most unprecedented runs in the history of the NBA. We look forward to sitting down with LeBron and his representatives and talking about our future together. At the moment, we are preparing for the opportunities in the Draft and Free Agency as we continue with our goal of winning NBA Championships.” NBA.com

LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, has informed the Miami Heat of his client's decision to exercise the early termination option on his contract and become a free agent on July 1. Paul confirmed the decision via text message to USA TODAY Sports. While James may ultimately return to Miami on a new deal, the pressure is now squarely on Heat president Pat Riley to win the recruiting war for James' services again like he did in the summer of 2010. James was set to earn $20.5 million next season on the contract that could have gone through 2016 (player option worth $22.1 million). USA Today Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: LeBron James will opt-out of deal, source confirms. He's determined to impose pressure on Miami to improve roster and spend, sources say. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

June 19, 2014 Updates

Pat Riley says LeBron James' home team is growing. The Miami Heat president revealed Thursday that the four-time NBA MVP and his wife Savannah are expecting for a third time, their latest addition to be a girl. No word yet on when the baby is arriving. James and his wife already have two sons. Riley dropped the nugget during his season-ending meeting with reporters on Thursday, saying, "Savannah now is going to have a little baby girl to join her in the fight against the two boys and LeBron, which she needs." ESPN.com

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