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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expects the Sixers to start Ersan Ilyasova at center for Game 2.

Ilyasova replaced Amir Johnson in the middle at halftime on Saturday, a move that effectively neutralized Hassan Whiteside, who played only 12 minutes. Philly coach Brett Brown didn't tip his hand about the starting lineup, but he did say the frontcourt pairing of Ilyasova and Dario Saric "will likely surface again." That's no surprise, considering how much success they found in Game 1.
Source: Philly.com
Apr 16 - 3:03 PM

The 76ers have reportedly expressed interest in Tyreke Evans.

The Grizzlies want a first-round pick for Evans and the 76ers are reportedly reluctant to throw that into the deal, although Memphis may be able to entice them if they'd be willing to take on Jerryd Bayless, who is owed roughly $8.5 million next season. Evans has also been linked to Boston, New Orleans, Miami, OKC and Houston, and it seems likely that he won't finish the year in Memphis. He's in an ideal situation in Memphis, so owners may want to sell-high before he gets dealt.
Jan 31 - 12:17 PM

Dwyane Wade and the Bulls have agreed to a contract buyout.

Wade was owed $23.8 million but he'll leave approximately $8 million on the table in the buyout, which allows him to sign elsewhere as a free agent. With training camps imminent it shouldn't take long for Wade to strike a new deal -- Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs are the "clear frontrunner," but the Spurs, Heat and Thunder are also mentioned as possibilities.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 09:37:00 PM

Dwyane Wade will reportedly consider Miami, Cleveland and Los Angeles if he reaches a buyout with Chicago.

To be clear, no buyout talks have yet been initiated between Wade and the Bulls, but given the current direction of the Chicago franchise, it just doesn't make much sense for the 35-year-old veteran to remain on the roster. There have, however, been rumors that the Bulls may want to use Wade as a trade chip this season, so we might not see the two sides initiate buyout talks until after the trade deadline.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Dwyane Wade's children have reportedly moved back to south Florida to attend school.

Wade's kids went to school in Chicago last year, so the move back to Florida will continue to fuel rumors that Wade is seeking a buyout with the Bulls so that he could reunite with Pat Riley in Miami. The Heat do have enough cap space to make a competitive offer to Wade should he hit the open market, but the Bulls also could have the incentive to keep Wade and try and use him as a trade chip as the deadline approaches. There are also rumors out there that Wade could consider reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland post-buyout, but as of right now, nothing seems imminent.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Kyrie Irving has reportedly been irked by the Cavs giving preferential treatment to LeBron James.

In addition to no longer wanting to live under the immense shadow of King James, Irving has reportedly at times been perturbed with how the franchise treats him and LBJ differently, such as allowing James to have friends travel with him on the team plane without awarding Irving the same luxuries. He was also particularly upset when he learned that his name had been included in trade talks for Paul George and Jimmy Butler this summer, and at this point, it looks as though this is a bridge that cannot be mended.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 03:36:00 PM

After losing out on the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes, the Heat have reportedly turned their attention to Rudy Gay.

So far, Gay has only met with the Thunder, and while there is mutual interest there, there's a "sizeable gap" on what OKC can offer and what Gay is looking for. The Heat could offer Gay as much as $14 million annually, although they may be somewhat reluctant to shell out that kind of cash to a 30-year-old coming off an Achilles injury.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 01:07:00 PM

Gordon Hayward reportedly encouraged Utah to make a move for Ricky Rubio this summer.

Utah management accomplished this goal for Hayward, and Rubio was one of those in attendance during Monday's meeting, so maybe that gives him some extra incentive to re-up with the Jazz as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Hayward will be choosing between Utah, Miami, and Boston, and he'll reportedly make an official decision by Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 03:24:00 PM

Free agent Gordon Hayward is expected to choose a team "by Tuesday or Wednesday," according to beat writer Tony Jones.

Hayward met with the Heat on Saturday, the Celtics on Sunday, and he's scheduled for what is likely his final meeting on Monday with the Jazz. It's unclear if he's been swayed by the two presentations he's seen thus far, and his decision should lead to a flurry of moves -- whichever teams miss out on him will quickly act on their Plan B scenarios.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 07:57:00 PM

Gordon Hayward will meet with Quin Snyder, Dennis Lindsey and Steve Starks in San Diego on Monday, according to sources of Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy.

Hayward met with Miami management on Saturday, and he's scheduled to meet with the Boston brass on Sunday, so Monday will likely be his last big meeting as a free agent. The Jazz are reportedly optimistic that they'll be able to retain their All-Star, but there haven't been any reports from Hayward's camp indicating what direction he's leaning towards.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 02:45:00 PM

An Eastern Conference official said he "would not be surprised" if the Heat made a play for unrestricted free agent Serge Ibaka.

Miami's Plan A is a Gordon Hayward pursuit, so everything takes a backseat to that. Per Ira WInderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Ibaka "long has held a fascination for the Heat because of an offensive game that takes opposing defenders to the perimeter, and a defensive game capable of deterrence at the rim." We haven't heard much about this scenario, so we're not putting a ton of stock into it for now.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Luke Kennard will work out for the Heat on Wednesday.

The sweet-shooting two-guard out of Duke is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, but there are some concerns that his deficiencies at the defensive end will make it tough for him to successfully guard other starting two-guards in the league. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would not be the ideal landing spot for Kennard considering they're already loaded in the backcourt.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Gordon Hayward reportedly "has interest" in signing with the Heat as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

To be clear, Utah remains the favorites to re-sign Hayward this offseason, but at the very least, he'll likely take meetings with Pat Riley in Miami and Danny Ainge in Boston. The Jazz will be able to offer Hayward a five-year, max deal worth somewhere in the ballpark of $179 million, whereas an opposing team will only be able to grant him a four-year deal worth roughly $132 million; so he'd be leaving a hefty chunk of change on the table if he decides to leave Utah.
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 03:15:00 PM


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