Ford: I ended up having dinner plans with Skip [Robinson], the public relations guy. He helped me do a lot of great things in Milwaukee. We go to dinner and I didn’t really have no power at my house, so at the restaurant, I’ve got my phone and my charger, but they’re not next to me. He answered his phone and he’s sitting directly across from me and I just hear him go, ‘No! No! You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So, he’s like, ‘Here, the GM wants to talk to you.’ So, I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ The GM’s like, ‘How do you feel about going to Toronto?’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? Stop playing with me. Stop f—— with me. Seriously, what’s going on?’ He’s like, ‘No, for real. We just traded you for Charlie Villanueva and it hasn’t hit the news yet and it probably won’t tonight.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, Skip, he just told me he f—— traded me. He must be joking with me.’
January 26, 2023 | 8:02 pm EST Update
According to a Western Conference source, the Heat remains interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns and former Heat forward Jae Crowder, but the Suns have resisted the Heat’s trade concepts and other interested teams have a clearer pathway to a deal. Talks with Miami simply haven’t gained traction, according to the source. Duncan Robinson’s name was raised in trade discussions with Phoenix, but the Suns had no interest in taking on the final 3 1/2 seasons of his five-year, $90 million contract, the source said. Miami has not shown any inclination to offer Caleb Martin in a deal for Crowder.
Among other power rotation players who have been linked to the Heat in trade discussions: Atlanta’s John Collins, Utah’s Jared Vanderbilt and the Pelicans’ Willie Hernangomez. Meanwhile, even though the Heat is not aggressively trying to trade point guard Kyle Lowry, his name has been mentioned in trade speculation and a deal involving Lowry cannot be completely ruled out.
Gerald Bourguet: “I caught it from my baby boy. Sorry to throw you under the bus, junior.” Deandre Ayton said when he was trying to get back on the court and find his breath, he felt like he was in Denver. Was also dealing with headaches, but was thankful it wasn’t COVID or the flu:
A rare Air Jordan 1 that was originally released as an NYC exclusive in 2016 is reportedly receiving a formal release later this year. According to @zsneakerheadz and Sneaker Files, the black-and-red “Bred” Air Jordan 1 Satin is set to launch as a women’s exclusive. In-hand images of the 2023 pair have yet to surface, but it’s expected to feature an all-satin upper like the previous version.