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October 25, 2014 Updates

The Miami Heat have been the league leaders in interview videobombs for years, but there was a chance that LeBron James’ departure from Miami might have ruined the Heat’s videobomb game. Thankfully, Dwyane Wade is pulling out completely new tricks in the preseason. After scoring 16 points in a win over the Grizzlies, Wade videobombed… himself. For The Win

October 24, 2014 Updates

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

October 23, 2014 Updates

Coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed Thursday that center Justin Hamilton will make his preseason debut in Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum. Hamilton was held out of the first seven exhibitions of the eight-game preseason schedule following a heart procedure the first week of training camp. Spoelstra said Hamilton has gone through full contact drilling the past two practices at AmericanAirlines Arena. 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

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

Facing a 5 p.m. Monday deadline to reduce their roster to a maximum of 15 players, the Miami Heat on Thursday released rookie guards Tyler Johnson and Larry Drew and Hialeah-born forward Shawn Jones. The moves leave the Heat with 16 players on their preseason roster. Of the players released Thursday, Johnson was the most intriguing. Johnson, who went undrafted out of Fresno State in June, impressed the Heat with his athletic play during summer league to the degree that they offered him a $75,000 guarantee to attend training camp. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Heat close their preseason schedule Friday at FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies, then open their regular season Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Washington Wizards. The Heat's final cut could come down to guard Andre Dawkins or forward Khem Birch. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

With the Pacers in town for Thursday’s preseason finale, Stephenson had dinner in Charlotte with Roy Hibbert, George Hill, and Ian Mahinmi. Also present were Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington and Director of Player Relations Heather Denton. Both Hill and Hibbert shared a picture with Stephenson on social media. Hill wrote “GOOD TO SEE HIM TONIGHT.. ALWAYS GREAT LAUGHS WHEN HES AROUND… #MISSMYBRO,” while Hibbert said he was “Glad for him n his fam in Char.” Pacers.com

The Cavs have been inundated with media requests for next Thursday’s opener. One team executive estimated tonight that the requests have surpassed the Dec. 2, 2010 game that was LeBron’s original return game to Cleveland as a member of the Heat. Now the Cavs are scrambling to find places to house all the media, since they can’t use their normal postseason media seating. That requires eliminating seats, and fans have already purchased tickets for those seats for Thursday night. Regardless, it should be a special night for the city and Cavs fans. I’ll see you then. Akron Beacon Journal

October 22, 2014 Updates
October 21, 2014 Updates

After attracting interest from Houston, Miami, San Antonio and Orlando in the off-season, Hill expressed gratitude over the Lakers granting him a relatively expensive two-year, $18 million deal. “I’m glad to be wanted,” Hill said. Yet, the Lakers have an option on his second season. That puts the onus on Hill to ensure he no longer relives last season’s frustration. “Last year, I was thinking too much about playing,” Hill said. “If I messed up, I wondered if I would see the floor again. Right now, Byron is relying on me and I’m one of his guys. That really builds more confidence in me to come out this year and play my game.” Los Angeles Daily News

 

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