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December 6, 2014 Updates

Norris Cole and forward Luol Deng moved a step closer to returning to the court. Both were able to complete Saturday's practice, a day before the Heat faces the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. "I'm feeling better, a lot better," Cole said. "I was able to go through more practice. I felt good. We'll see what happens (Sunday)." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 5, 2014 Updates
December 4, 2014 Updates

More than a decade later, Miller is no longer the slashing playmaker of his NBA youth. He’s now the smooth-shooting veteran on the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a role he’s seemingly been preparing for his entire career: to be there at the right moment for the right shot or the right words. Wherever Miller has played, he has been a friend to the stars — and the scrubs, executives, coaches, and everyone in between. “He has the unique experience of playing in every situation,” said James Jones, a fellow Heat-to-Cavaliers transplant. “He’s been on rebuilding teams. He’s been on championship teams. He’s been on contending teams. He’s been a starter. He’s been the sixth man. He’s been out of the rotation. He’s been injured. He’s bounced back and came back. Every player in this league can relate to him on some level. That’s tough to find because you find that a lot of guys spend most of their time on the extremes. They’re either major rotation guys [who] get a lot of opportunities or they’re fringe guys that are grinding every day to maintain a position in the league.” Grantland

They let down their guard in the closing seconds of Game 6 against the Heat two years ago, gave up a pair of offensive rebounds, 3-point shots and a 6-point lead, and lost the title under the most devastating circumstances. There wasn’t a day last season that Popovich wasn’t haunted by it, he said. When did he finally let it go? “I’ve just sort of begun to do so, to be honest with you,” he said. New York Times

December 3, 2014 Updates
December 2, 2014 Updates

Going into Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks at AmericanAirlines Arena, Granger had been listed as "DNP-Coach's Decision" the past five. He had played the two games before that, even starting one, but was listed as being sidelined for the season's first 10 games with a strained left hamstring. "Yeah, he's healthy. He's available," Spoelstra said when recently asked for an update on Granger. "Right now, we've had so many guys in and out that we're just really trying to find some consistency. "But he's on my mind. It's still very early. So where we had planned for him in August, he's way ahead of schedule and that's the perspective we want to keep." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Granger was coming off a hamstring issue when he was added by the Heat, previously limited with the Indiana Pacers by knee issues. "The plan was build up his body," Spoelstra said. "That's what we're trying to do, getting healthy, feeling better, in better condition than what he's felt in two years. That's been the number-one objective. And then, from there, we'll find a role for him." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Not only did the Heat call up Whiteside from the NBA Development League last week, but they did it as part of a two-year package that included a $100,000 guarantee and conditional guarantees for 2015-16. In addition, an additional 25 percent of Hamilton's contract became guaranteed Monday. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"I'm really happy that they chose to make a commitment and I'm all-in," Whiteside said in advance of Monday's game against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. "Like I said, I 100 percent believe in their organization. I mean, if Pat Riley tells me to run to the airport, I'm going to run to the airport. That's how much confidence I have in this." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 1, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith played a season-low five and a half minutes in Sunday’s 86-79 loss to Miami, missing all four of his shots from the floor. Afterward, Knicks coach Derek Fisher revealed that Smith was ill on Sunday and had received an IV before the game. “J.R. wasn’t feeling well today,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a virus or something that impacted him throughout the day today. He had to have some IV fluids before the game. Energy just wasn’t there for him tonight. He tried to give it a go but I don’t think it’s right to put him in that position and have him out there not able to be himself.” New York Daily News

November 30, 2014 Updates
November 29, 2014 Updates


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


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