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April 14, 2015 Updates

It has been a fairly good fit for both sides so far, though it was a major adjustment period for Deng, and the financial parameters already are in place. Deng is finishing up the first season of a two-year deal, and next season is a $10.2 million player option. It appears he wants to stay in Miami, but he is not ready to contemplate his future with the team still in the mix for the No. 8 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. “We’re talking about it early; I’m not thinking about it yet,” he said Monday. “We could go to Philly and win and the other teams lose and I’m here talking to you about opting in or opting out, then all of a sudden I’ve gotta get my mind right for the Atlanta series. I really don’t want to go there yet. When the season’s over and I sit down and relax, I can start thinking about that stuff.” Palm Beach Post

That seems like a good enough top six for Miami to vie for the Eastern Conference title next season. “On paper, it sounds great, but at the same time it’s all about chemistry and developing together as a unit and making each other better,” Deng said. “I think it will be a little easier knowing that guys are more familiar with my game. At the same time, you’ve got Bosh and McRoberts coming back. Training camp will be almost like brand new because you’re starting with Hassan and Goran, if he’s back. It’s another new team. But at least guys are familiar not only with your game, but your personality and where you like to play.” Palm Beach Post

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At some point in this offseason, Dragic said he will discuss it with his family and agent. His brother, Zoran, is also on the Heat roster. The two played together with the Phoenix Suns and will likely remain teammates wherever they play in 2015-16. The Los Angeles Lakers are among who have been reportedly interested in Goran Dragic. Dragic did, however, hint staying in Miami seemed the best option. "I'm a free agent," Dragic said. "I like this organization. Hopefully, I can stay here and try to have a good season next year." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

April 10, 2015 Updates

Here are Dragic’s top five American cities, in no particular order (well, one of them is in order): “Miami is No. 1. I like how the city is built right on the water. The weather is nice. I like it because every time we came here, if you stay after the game, you can go out and eat. If it’s 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., places are open. I struggled with that in Phoenix because all the restaurants close at 10 p.m. You couldn’t get nothing to eat. But I like it here because it’s a lot of different cultures, too. I really like that because it’s a different flavor.” Palm Beach Post

Kendall Gill: Me, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning were young upcoming guns in the league. We were feeling ourselves in this game because we were giving it to the Bulls. After this play our Wild oats quickly became shredded wheats! Alonzo had just blocked 2 of the Bulls shots. We started talking smack. I could since MJ getting mad because We were matched up against each other. I didn't give a crap though because I was young, dumb and didn't know any better. MJ back doored me out of the triangle offense and put Zo on his collection of posters. Lol. Moral of this story? Callin out the Devil is one thing. Facing him is another! Never tug on Superman's cape unless you're absolutely ready! Did you hear me Pacman? @nba @nbatv #illini #illinination #illinibasketball #boxing #basketball #boxingaddict #chicagosports #allamerican #maypac #mayweatherpacquioa #allamerican #athlete #hornets #nba #nbastories Instagram

Heat officials learned of the story via news reports, and were dumbfounded that the league would not have first spoken, at least as a courtesy, to the one franchise actually affected by any NBA/Cuba relationship. Heat owner Micky Arison and club president Pat Riley declined a Miami Herald interview request Wednesday, but another team executive told us, “The NBA never consulted with us. This was undertaken unilaterally. The minute we found out we registered our vehement objection to the league office. Neither the Heat nor any personnel will be participating.” Miami Herald

And now the franchise deals with an NBA/Cuba situation a different Heat source said “seems political.” Longtime former NBA commissioner David Stern was extremely active in Democratic politics and a major financial contributor throughout his years in office. New commissioner Adam Silver also was an ardent early supporter of Obama and has donated to the party — the political leanings at the highest level of the NBA perhaps suggesting a climate that would lead to a goodwill tour as a show of support for Obama’s new policy of thawing relations with Cuba. The four-day event could be a precursor to further league involvement with Cuba, such as exhibition games scheduled there. Miami Herald

Cruise stock prices spiked upward when Obama announced his thawing policy toward Cuba. People like Arison immediately imagined their majestic ships flowing lucratively in and out of Cuban ports, ferrying monied tourists eager to explore the exotic island so near yet so off-limits for so long. That could be another delicate spot for Arison, the idea that increasingly normalized relations with Cuba could be very good for Carnival and his already enormous bank account – but could also lead many Heat fans to angrily consider those profits to be Castro-dirty. Miami Herald

 

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