Even having been cast aside, Dragic adores the Heat, sources said. Serious veterans appreciate Riley’s commitment to winning. “We never once spoke about Miami as a city,” Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, told me last year in explaining Butler’s desire to be there. “Obviously it’s an amazing place with amazing people, but Jimmy wasn’t going there for the beach. Since he’s gotten there, I think we have gone out to eat less than 10 times and one of them was the Super Bowl. We didn’t even talk about the tax advantages. The only questions he asked were of the background of the people involved and how they would build out the team.”
September 17, 2021 | 2:04 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: I asked Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for his outlook on team winning an NBA title before leaving Staples Center in 2024: “I want to win a championship. I think we’ll be able to compete for a championship.”
Caleb Martin is going from a standard NBA contract with the Charlotte Hornets to a two-way deal with the Miami Heat, but he doesn’t view it as a demotion. Martin, who turns 26 on Sept. 28, sees it as an opportunity to “show everybody that I belong” after he was waived by the Hornets in August.
“The culture and the reputation were the big things that caught my eye,” Martin said to the Miami Herald of what intrigued him about the Heat. “Obviously, the coaching staff and just everybody that’s involved over here. One of the things they said was they’re big on development. They’re going to work with me and do the best they can to make me the best player I can be. They think this is a great spot for me in terms of my playing style and I agree with that.”