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Jun 19, 2019

ASK IRA: Does Chris Paul’s contract preclude any potential Heat curiosity?

Q: Ira, you're not going to start this Chris Paul thing again, are you? Move on. -- Steve. A: That has been a tough sell from the outset, if the Rockets, indeed, are in sell mode with Chris Paul, as has been speculated. It is one thing for the Heat to put off a free-agency plunge in 2020, considering...
Jun 18, 2019

Ira Winderman’s NBA mock draft: Who will Heat pick at No. 13?

South Florida Sun Sentinel Miami Heat writer Ira Winderman assesses the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft at Brooklyn Barclays Center, with shifts in selection positions expected to be made up to as well as through the process.
Jun 18, 2019

Heat’s draft option Kevin Porter Jr. not among 20 in green room

If Southern Cal freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. is to emerge as the Miami Heat's first-round choice in Thursday's NBA draft, he will not be emerging from the green room at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Instead, the NBA on Tuesday released the final list of the 20 players who will be present in the...
Jun 18, 2019

Miami Heat given worst odds to win 2020 NBA championship

After a disappointing 2018-19 season and an offseason of uncertainty, Vegas oddsmakers consider the Miami Heat a real long shot to win next year’s NBA championship. Less than a week after the Toronto Raptors knocked off the Golden State Warriors for their first title, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook...
Jun 18, 2019

NBA draft preview: Is post-Whiteside era at center the Heat’s next frontier?

(Last in a five-part positional series in advance of Thursday's NBA draft) There was a time when Hassan Whiteside was the future at center for the Miami Heat. That was the stroke of midnight on July 1, 2016, when a four-year, $98 million contract was offered. There soon will be a time when Whiteside...
Jun 18, 2019

ASK IRA: Is second chance of Waiters the Heat’s best option?

Q: I have a Dion Waiters question: I can understand why Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra may want to move him because of his conditioning last season. But if he’s working hard on getting into Riley-type shape, as I read he is, then I can't figure out why there is so much talk about moving him -- even...
Jun 17, 2019

NBA draft preview: Is four-play still an issue for Heat?

(Fourth in a five-part positional series in advance of Thursday's NBA draft) If the Miami Heat's selection at Thursday's NBA draft turns out to be a power forward, it will be nothing more than the continuation of a pattern with the team's lottery picks. In 2017, the last time the Heat held a first-round...
Jun 17, 2019

ASK IRA: Should the Heat bid for the Pelicans’ No. 4 pick?

Q: Ira, you tweeted that the Heat shouldn't give up Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson or Bam Adebayo for the No. 4 pick that the Pelicans are shopping. That's like saying you wouldn't trade the No. 10, No. 14 or a second-round pick for No. 4. Do they teach math at the Sun Sentinel? -- Al. A: No,...
Jun 16, 2019

NBA draft preview: Time for Heat to upsize at small forward?

(Third in a five-part positional series in advance of Thursday's NBA draft) The question to a long-time NBA scout was simple and to the point, "Is there such a thing anymore as a 6-foot-6 NBA small forward?" The response was immediate, "There are few. No, not really." Josh Richardson is listed...
Jun 16, 2019

ASK IRA: Should the Heat roll in the draft with Bol Bol?

Q: I'm starting to convince myself that Bol Bol is the best option for the Heat, assuming the pick stays at No. 13, despite a crowded power rotation. I actually think that the Heat's depth could benefit Bol: He'd be able to essentially redshirt his rookie year, work with the Heat’s tremendous strength...