Through 32 games, Adebayo’s numbers don’t jump off …

Through 32 games, Adebayo’s numbers don’t jump off the page (7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds. 1.2 assists 0.7 blocks in 19.9 minutes per game). He’s actually last on the team in plus/minus (-85). But it’s still on par in terms of the production the Heat got out of Willie Reed last season (5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.7 blocks). And lately Adebayo’s offensive game has started to expand as he’s started to gain the confidence to shoot more jump shots (he’s 16 of 40 on on jumpers this season). “I’m getting more comfortable – I feel like I’m playing free,” Adebayo said. “I’m not looking back. In the beginning of the season I was nervous. I didn’t know whether to shoot it or not. Now my teammates want me to do that. Just knowing that in the back of my mind – my teammates want me to do this, they want me to make plays – I can’t ask for anything more.”
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Has Riley had any conversations with Dwyane Wade, who is contemplating retirement, recently? “I haven’t talked to Dwyane,” he said. “I’ve talked to his agent. I think now over the next nine days between now and July the 1st, now we can focus on all these things. We’ve shared texts. He’s communicated on a regular basis with a lot of people in the organization, but nothing has been decided with Dwyane. We want to have Dwyane back obviously, but there’s been no discussion about next year.”
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