10:53 AM EDT, Tue June 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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...