Riley: Heat willing to wait on Wade’s decision

UNTV News   •   July 30, 2018   •   2026

FILE PHOTO: Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade pauses during a break in play against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 3 of the NBA Finals series in Dallas, Texas June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Is Dwyane Wade interested in playing for the Miami Heat next season? Team president Pat Riley doesn’t know the answer, but he says he willing to wait to find out.

“I want him back as a player,” Riley said. “I want him back as a competitor. I want him back as a guy who wants to have the greatest year he ever had as a player. I read more articles about ‘Dwyane being done, he’s lost a step, he’s not the same player, he might not have the same motivation.’ But I still see a player who can contribute heavily if he really wants to.”

A thorny issue is how much the Heat would be willing to pay Wade, who has won three NBA titles in Miami in his 15-year career, which saw him play for the Chicago Bulls two seasons ago and spend last season divided between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Heat.

Riley, speaking with the media Friday on a conference call, pointed to two likely contract options for Wade, both of which would impact Miami’s luxury tax implications: the $5.3 million exception or the $2.4 million veteran minimum.

Riley referred to the luxury tax maneuvering as “the abyss that we all deal with in the NBA.”

Wade, 36, started only three of 67 games last season between the Cavaliers and Heat. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in just under 23 minutes per game.

For his career, he has averaged 22.5 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in just over 34 minutes per game.

Wade indicated last season that he wasn’t certain about playing this year, and he hasn’t divulged any plans since then. His recent on-court workouts included time with LeBron James, with whom Wade won two of his three NBA titles, on Thursday in Las Vegas.

‘’I think it’s best that we give him some more time,’’ Riley said.

—Field Level Media

Wade leaving Miami Heat for Chicago Bulls: reports

admin   •   July 7, 2016

May 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime 94-87. Mandatory...

May 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime 94-87. Mandatory…

Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls, returning to the city of his birth, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The 12-time NBA All-Star guard had agreed a $47.5 million two-year deal with the Bulls, the Miami Herald reported.

Wade’s move brings down the curtain on 13 seasons with the Heat, where he was an integral part of three championship-winning teams, two of them with LeBron James as his team mate.

The 34-year-old is a Chicago native, though he has played his entire NBA career in south Florida.

Wade reportedly felt under-appreciated by the Heat, after taking a pay cut in 2010 to allow the team come in under the salary cap.

He has averaged 23.7 points and 5.8 rebounds during his NBA career.

Wade is the second big name in the NBA to move this week, following Kevin Durant’s switch from Oklahoma City to the Golden State Warriors.

However, while Durant joins a powerful team that won the 2015 NBA championship and were beaten finalists this year, Wade moves to an outfit coming off a middling 42-40 season.

The Bulls enjoyed their most success as a franchise when Michael Jordan carried them to six championships in the 1990s.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by John O’Brien)

Raptors beat Heat in Game 7, earn showdown with Cavaliers

admin   •   May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016 May 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) tries to defend during the second quarter in game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday, May 15, 2016
May 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) tries to defend during the second quarter in game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Led by 35 points from Kyle Lowry and 28 from fellow guard DeMar DeRozan, the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 116-89 at home on Sunday in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The victory puts the Raptors in the Eastern Conference final for the first time in franchise history, against the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

The series starts on Tuesday in Cleveland.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey sees it as “as another step” for his team but says they are not going to rest on any laurels.

“For this program from where we started to where we are now, it’s very important,” Casey said.

“I think we’ve done everything we set out to do, but again, we’re not done yet.”

The ultimate goal is an NBA championship.

“I’m not saying we can do that,” Casey said. “But I think this group is hungry and never say never. I know one thing, our guys will compete.”

Added DeRozan: “We’re so focused on getting ready for our next challenge.

“Once you get into the postseason you learn nothing is going to be easy. It gets tougher every single game.”

Guards Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 16 points each.

“They were the better team for the majority of the game,” Wade said.

“With what we had we fought tooth and nail to get to that goal of the Eastern Conference final and fell one game short. We exhausted all possibilities. We did everything we possibly could to

Added Miami forward Luol Deng: “Obviously this is why you play the season, you play to have home court.

“Even though we took one here, they came back and took one (in Miami). But when it comes down to Game 7, it is very difficult to win on the road.”

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was magnanimous in defeat and tipped his hat to Toronto.

“You have to respect an organization that has gone through some pain in the playoffs and then to be able to overcome that,” he said.

“It was a heck of a series to be involved with. It’s unfortunate that people thought that this was maybe not the most elegant series but it was one of the more competitive ones.”

(Editing by Andrew Both)

Backcourt guides Raptors to 3-2 series lead

admin   •   May 12, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 May 11, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the basket past Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic (7) in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Heat 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the basket past Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic (7) in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Heat 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Miami Heat 99-91 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry added 25 points, including five in the final minute as the Raptors held off a late Heat rally.

The Raptors surged at the start and led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter and were ahead by 20 in the second quarter before the Heat began chipping away.

The Raptors took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter, and Miami reduced it to five with just under five minutes to play.

The margin was down to one after Dwyane Wade, who had a team-high 20 points for Miami, converted two free throws with 1:54 to play.

DeRozan made two free throws with 1:33 left, and Toronto led by three points.

Miami turned the ball over on its next possession, and Lowry, who added 10 rebounds and six assists, hit a 3-pointer with 52.5 seconds to play to give Toronto a 93-87 edge.

Wade’s shot cut the lead to four before Lowry answered with a jumper to restore the six-point lead with 23.7 seconds remaining.

A goaltending call on Wade’s shot with 21.7 seconds to go moved Miami within four points.

DeRozan made two free throws with 21.3 seconds left and made two more with nine seconds remaining to increase the lead to eight points and clinch the win.

Bismack Biyombo added 10 points and six rebounds for Toronto.

Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each scored 13 points for the Heat, and Joe Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Raptors stormed out to a 16-point lead during the first quarter. With DeRozan scoring 10 points and Lowry adding nine, Toronto led 28-18 after the opening quarter. The Heat shot 27 percent from the field in the period, and Toronto shot 40 percent.

The Heat crept to within eight of the Raptors early in the second quarter, but when Lowry made a driving reverse layup with 3:39 to play in the half, Toronto led by 20 points. The Heat then reeled off 10 straight points, six by Dragic. Toronto led 55-45 at the half.

Lowry scored 16 first-half points, and DeRozan and Biyombo added 10 each. Dragic led Miami with 10 first-half points.

Wade started the second half with a 3-pointer to reduce the Miami deficit to seven points.

DeRozan then scored six consecutive points to give Toronto a 13-point lead during a stretch in which Miami was twice called for 24-second violations.

Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll was helped off the court with an injury with 1:16 to play in the third quarter after crashing to the floor beneath Toronto’s offensive basket. He walked past the bench to the dressing room.

Carroll, who had six points, six rebounds and four personal fouls in 26 minutes, did not return.

The Raptors led 75-62 after the third quarter.

The Heat whittled the lead to eight points before DeRozan’s jumper and free throw restored the 13-point lead with 8:33 to play in the fourth quarter.

DeRozan picked up his fifth personal foul with 8:19 to play.

Richardson hit a pair of 3-pointers to trim the lead to seven.

Justise Winslow cut the lead to five points with a jumper with 4:44 left.

After a Lowry miss with just under three minutes to play, Wade cut the lead to three points with a step-back jumper.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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