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March 24, 2015 Updates

At the moment, the Heat have only $30 million in salary on their books for 2016-17. That's what has had Riley consistently stressing the possibilities of that offseason to season-ticket holders. Except. Except that Goran Dragic can, and likely will, opt out of the $7.5 million on his contract for next season. And then expect to be paid . . . in a negotiation that practically could reach the level of extortion, considering the two first-round picks the Heat dealt to the Phoenix Suns for the guard at the trading deadline. Against that scenario, figure something in the $20 million range for Dragic, merited or otherwise. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The future is uncertain, and by getting two picks spaced four years apart, Phoenix maximized its chances of catching the Heat in a down cycle at least once. The Suns might have been able to snag Luol Deng in that same trade, but they never asked about him, according to sources familiar with the talks. That’s especially revealing in connection with the whirlwind of deals that accompanied the Dragic trade: the three-team blockbuster that ended with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, and the separate deal sending Thomas to Boston for another pick. Grantland

March 23, 2015 Updates
March 22, 2015 Updates

McRoberts has been mostly out of view other than team events and fundraisers, and the Heat initially said he was likely out for the season. Coach Erik Spoelstra has been asked about him over the past few weeks, though, and has not ruled out the possibility of him returning. “He’s still not working with coaches,” Spoelstra said Friday. “Everything is with trainers right now. I check in with him every single day. Most of the work is in the training room and the weight room.” Palm Beach Post

March 21, 2015 Updates
March 20, 2015 Updates

Bosh was off the bench and halfway down the court after Wade’s impossible floater to tie the score with 41 seconds to play, and again when Wade knocked down that 15-foot fadeaway jumper to give the Heat the lead with 13.6 seconds left. “For me, it just gives me joy to see him over there, and me and him have a lot of laughs and conversations throughout the game,” Wade said. “Just knowing everything that happened and how scared we were, seeing him out there and celebrating and cheering with us, that gives you something extra.” Wade has been playing with a little something extra this week, scoring 32 points in back-to-back games. He was 13 of 18 from the field on Monday in the Heat’s victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he shot 13 of 26 against the Trail Blazers. Miami Herald

March 19, 2015 Updates

Dwyane Wade credits improved health and a recent change in his workout routine as the driving forces behind his recent surge in production amid the Miami Heat's push to make the playoffs. "This is the best I've felt in years right now," Wade said Wednesday. "You question it. And you try not to question it, like 'Why? Why couldn't I feel like this the last two years?' But it is what it is. I'm feeling like this now, when I need it individually to (carry) more of a load to help this team." ESPN.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Michael Beasley for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Beasley has appeared in 10 games with the HEAT this season averaging 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 22.9 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field. He has scored in double-figures five times, including a season-high 18 points vs. Sacramento on March 7, and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds at Toronto on March 13. NBA.com

Beasley's new contract also is believed to hold a team option for next season, an indication of longer-term plans with the forward. With the agreement with Beasley, all 15 players on the roster are now under guaranteed contract for the balance of the season. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 17, 2015 Updates

Coach Erik Spoelstra all but confirmed the agreement to push through the end of the season with the scoring forward, with Spoelstra's rotations practically having Beasley as essential these past three weeks. "Michael has been very good," Spoelstra said after Tuesday's practice. "And with all the changes and the moving parts, I've said this before, we're very fortunate to be able to add a player that's familiar to us, to our system. "I'm very comfortable with Michael. I've spent a lot of time with Michael over the years in development. We've put in a lot of time in his development. He's improved a great deal and has helped us while he's been here. So he's made the most of his opportunity and then we'll just go from there." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Miami Heat star helped the group of foster teens (from the Florida Guardian ad Litem program) suit up for prom — literally. Wade teamed up with his stylist to fit the boys with Hublot watches and custom-tailored suits. For The Win

Take off the pads and throw on some sneakers because Miami is quickly becoming a basketball town. In a study conducted by a financial research center, Miami ranked as the 13th best city to be a basketball fan. Wallethub.com’s study included both college and professional basketball and analyzed 300 of the most populated U.S. cities and ranked them based on 11 key metrics. Categories ranged from total championships the city has won to ticket prices and arena accessibility. Miami Herald



Many players from the current squad in the list – including the two guys at the top.


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