Patrick Beverley reaches deal with Heat, will fight for chance to ride pine

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Thumbnail image for Heat_logo.gifPatrick Beverley was that guy who had you saying, “hey, who is that?”

Basketball fans would tune in to watch Olympiacos last year to catch Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza but Beverley would catch your eye. He was the point guard off the bench — replacing Von Wafer after he was let go — who brought energy and defense. Now, the former Arkansas player is going to get a shot to make an NBA roster.

The Miami Heat, who had his draft rights, reached a make-good deal with Beverly, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo.

However, our own Ira Winderman said in a tweet the point guard was a real long shot to make the Miami roster.

That roster is pretty full. The team already has Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo ahead of him at the point guard position, and that on a team where Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will be the defacto point guards during games.

The Heat already have 14 guys under contract, are they going to pay for a point guard to be guy 15, when he would rarely get the chance to suit up? Probably not, but Beverley has gotten his way into camp and that is a good sign. Even if the Heat don’t keep him, he will have the chance to impress other teams.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.