“It would help. I’m not against that,” Waiters said of a possible move by the Heat to acquire Irving. “Just know, there’s an alpha male over there too in myself. I think that’s the biggest thing with everybody – oh he’s got irrational confidence. Like I tell everybody man, I come from [Philadelphia]. If I can make it from here I can make it anywhere. My Mom got shot. My Dad got shot. Come on bro, ain’t nothing I ain’t ever seen. Why not? I need that confidence every day to get through. It’s got nothing to do with ball. It’s who I am. It was instilled in me. Just know there’s an alpha male over there already. [Irving] can come down and we can boogie together.”
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Ira Winderman: Heat denies ESPN report of offering Dragic and Winslow to Cavaliers for Irving. Say no offer of any type has been made
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The Miami Heat are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces for an Irving trade, league sources said. With the Cleveland-Miami history, there’s little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package. Gilbert may have unwittingly thrust pressure onto Altman in a Wednesday news conference, declaring “Indiana could’ve done better” in its trade package for Paul George. The Cavaliers have more leverage in a deal because Irving has two years on his contract to George’s one.
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May 23, 2018 | 10:22 pm EDT Update
Melissa Rohlin: Kevin Durant on not being in the running for the MVP award: “It’s all good. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Melissa Rohlin: Steph on Dray being named to 2nd Defensive team: “I don’t know advanced analytics but, to the eye test, he’s still as dominating a force on that end as he was last year or the year before. A lot of that is mostly he wasn’t talking about it as much this year as he was last year.”
May 23, 2018 | 9:14 pm EDT Update
Six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire said on Wednesday that he’s considering a return to the NBA. Stoudemire, 35, retired from the NBA in the 2016 offseason and last played professionally in Israel in 2017.
In an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7 FM, Stoudemire said on Wednesday that he’s in great shape and training as if he were returning to the NBA. When asked if it were accurate to say that he is contemplating an NBA comeback, Stoudemire said, “That would be reality.”