Training camp Rumors
The Heat’s offseason workouts, training camps and practices are the stuff of legend. Players work extremely hard, spending a ton of time on conditioning and weight training. And it never really lets up. This year’s team was still doing full-contact practices in the final week of this season – even when a playoff berth was a realistic possibility. “They had us come in early during the offseason to prepare for training camp,” said one current Heat player, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We did sprints and other conditioning drills, and we even went outside to push some sleds and flip tires and stuff like that. This was all to get ready for training camp.
“Their conditioning played a big role in their success over that stretch,” one agent said. “This is why they run so much in the offseason, in training camp and during the season. They run like gazelles and work extremely hard to prepare for stretches like that.”
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The Orlando Magic have signed Patricio Garino and Marcus Georges-Hunt today. Garino and Georges-Hunt will be with the team for the remainder of this season, and their contracts will include non-guaranteed salaries for at least the 2017-18 season. They are expected to play summer-league ball for the Magic and then have an opportunity to earn regular-season roster spots in training camp.
Briante Weber returned to AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday. But it’s not the return he anticipated, as he stepped on the court as a member of the Heat’s opponent. Weber, who spent the first half of this season with the Heat’s D-League affiliate in Sioux Falls, is on a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets that runs through Wednesday. “I am excited to play against them,” Weber said of facing the Heat after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “It’s going to be the same thing as training camp. We’re just going to make each other better and just compete. I’m just going to try to do whatever I can do to help my team win. That’s all I’m here to do.”
The Celtics have kept a close eye on Nader. He will likely get an invitation to training camp, along with 2016 first-round picks Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic, who are flourishing overseas. “They’re very hands-on with me and my development in Maine,” Nader said of Celtics management. “They send front-office guys all the time. Danny [Ainge] comes and watches games in Maine. It’s great knowing those guys have my back, and I’m just grateful for the opportunity given to me.”
The Celtics didn’t make any moves before the trade deadline and have a maximum 15 players on their roster. But forwards James Young, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko will be free agents this summer, opening the door for Nader to make a bid at a roster spot. The Celtics own his rights, so unless they decide to waive or trade him, he will make his NBA bid with Boston. “I think I put myself in a position [to make the roster],” he said. “I think I have a great chance. I have proven myself and I’m going to continue to do so. It’s my time, that’s how I feel right now.”