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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 22:  Randy Foye #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Nets sign veteran guard Randy Foye

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NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran guard Randy Foye.

Foye split last season between Denver and Oklahoma City, averaging 5.9 points. Foye is a career 37 percent shooter from 3-point range and ranked among the top 10 in 3-pointers made in three straight seasons from 2011-14.

Terms of the deal were not announced Friday.

Foye has averaged 10.8 points in 10 NBA seasons.

Pat Riley unsure if Chris Bosh will play next season, could return with travel/workload restrictions

MIAMI, FL - MAY 09:  Chris Bosh #1  of the Miami Heat looks on during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Arena on May 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Chris Bosh wants to play basketball again.

The Miami Heat need to be convinced by doctors that the potentially life-threatening blood clot issue that has sidelined him part of the past two seasons is under control. If he does return, will he be with the team full-time or be limited by restrictions?

Nobody is sure how this is going to play out.

That includes Heat decision maker Pat Riley, who spoke to the media Saturday. Here are his quotes on Bosh, via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“It’s always fluid and it always has been. It’s a positive environment right now with Chris and his doctors. I know he wants to play and we would be open to that. Let’s allow this process to move down the road and we’ll go from there.”

Riley admitted Bosh could return but with travel and other restrictions, as reported by Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

Furthermore, Bosh might not be suited for the rigors of the NBA schedule. There is a possibility that the Heat will leave him home on some road trips — long flights are problematic — and put restrictions on his overall workload.

“I think all those things will come into play and there’ll be a discussion,” Riley said. “There are many players in different sports that do play with that condition, and they’re on-and-off programs with blood thinners and stuff. But I think when it comes down to a final protocol, or a formula for how this has to be done, then that’s what we’ll deal with.”

On the court it’s not that complicated — Miami is a much better team if Bosh plays. The highly skilled big can play the four or the five, and he averaged 20 points and 7.2 rebounds a game when he has played the past two seasons

Off the court is where it gets sticky. Does Bosh need to remain on blood thinners full-time, or can there be an on/off regimen? Can he play while taking them? What are the risks of him playing? If different doctors view things differently, who does the team believe? What are the long-term health risks? Even if he says he’s willing to take on those risks, could the Heat be held legally liable?

There are not simple answers, or we’d have them.

Pat Riley: ‘What happened with Dwyane (Wade), floored me. … I have great regret’

MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives on Cory Joseph #6 of the Toronto Raptors  during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade — the most important player in Miami Heat history, the guy at the heart of bringing the franchise three titles — is a member of the Chicago Bulls. That came after a summer where Wade felt he was lowballed and not respected by the Heat for his years of service, which opened the door to him seriously considering a new basketball home.

Pat Riley regrets it.

Riley spoke with reporters Saturday, here is Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel’s quotes from Riley about Wade.

“What happened with Dwyane, floored me. I’m not trying to fall on the sword for anybody. I have great regret that I didn’t immerse myself in the middle of it.

“I’m gonna miss what I might have had planned for him and his future and how I saw the end going for him….

“Dwyane left and the buck really stops here.

“It’s not going to be the same without him.”

Wade had made financial sacrifices for years and years to help build the Heat into what they became, both with LeBron James and after, and Wade wanted to be made whole. Or at least he wanted to feel respected. Instead, the Heat’s reported first offer was for $10 million — which in the current market was an insult to a guy who averaged 19 points a game last season — and while that was eventually doubled, no guaranteed third year was added. Riley likely thought the long-standing relationship would be enough to keep the shooting guard. Wade made a little more money by leaving, but the bigger issue was feeling respected and wanted — Chicago bent over backwards to bring Wade to his hometown. Miami didn’t.

That lack of effort by the Heat does fall on Riley’s doorstep.

The question is just how sad is he that Wade left? The Heat retained Hassan Whiteside and have good young players such as Justise Winslow. If Chris Bosh plays — and that remains a big if that nobody knows the answer to — the Heat will be pretty good this season, and better poised for the future than Chicago. My guess is Riley was ultimately okay with either outcome with Wade, stay or go.

That doesn’t make the emotional loss of a franchise icon in Miami any easier.

Pelicans’ coach Gentry says Tyreke Evans will not be ready to start season

MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Tyreke Evans #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles the ball during the NBA game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on November 6, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tyreke Evans‘ right knee issues — he’s had three “procedures” in nine months — limited him to 25 games last season, and in those games there were plenty of struggles as he tried to adjust to coach Alvin Gentry’s uptempo style of play. Meaning he was just like almost every other Pelican.

He’s loathed by the fanbase but also is one of the most talented players on the roster — when healthy. Which won’t be at the start of next season, Gentry told Zach Lowe on the Lowe Post podcast.

“He won’t be ready for the start of the season. He’s in a rehab situation. I think for us we just gotta move forward with our season. And then, if he comes back and he’s able to help us that’s just icing on the cake.”

The challenge when he does come back will be fit. Evans worked best as a point guard with the ball in his hands, and when he played he averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game last season. However, he’s not as efficient when paired with Anthony Davis as Jrue Holiday, who will start at the point. Could the Pelicans play Evans, Holiday and rookie Buddy Hield together and make it work? The Pelicans put up good offensive numbers with Evans at the three last season.

Evans is in a contract season, he will want to prove his knee issues are behind him and he can contribute. It’s going to be up to Gentry to try and fit all the pieces together.

Hall of Famer, Warriors legend Nate Thurmond passes away


Nate Thurmond — a Hall of Famer, one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players ever list, and a member of the Warriors organization for more than four decades on and off the court — has passed away.

The Warriors made the announcement Saturday. Thurmond had been battling leukemia according to the team.

“Nate was one of the greatest centers to ever play the game and I was privileged to call him a teammate and dear friend,”Rick Barry, former Warriors player and Hall of Famer said in a statement. “He battled his illness until the very end, like a true Warrior. His legacy is one of passion, fierce competitiveness, a love of basketball and selfless devotion to others. My heartfelt prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.”

“This is an extremely difficult day for me,” said Jerry West, Hall of Famer and Warriors Executive Board Member, via statement. “We have lost an incredible person and someone whom I admired as much as any player I ever went to battle against on any level. Nate Thurmond was, without a doubt, one of the fiercest competitors that I played against during my entire career. He played with unbelievable intensity and was simply a man among boys on most nights, especially on the defensive end. On the other hand, off the court, Nate was about as caring and loving as they come, extremely kind and gentle. He was the total package as an athlete and as a man and someone we should all aspire to emulate. I’ll miss him dearly.”

Thurmond had epic battles with Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and other greats from a golden age of big men in the NBA. Thurmond averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds a game over the course of his career — he peaked at 20.5 points and 22 rebounds a game during the 1967-68 campaign — that included seven All-Star games, five-times All-Defensive Teams, and even becoming one of five players ever to post a quadruple-double in a game.

“We’ve lost one of the most iconic figures in the history of not only our organization, but the NBA in general, with the passing of Nate Thurmond,”Joe Lacob, Warriors owner, said in a statement released by the team. “Nate represented this franchise with class, dignity and humility as both a player and community relations ambassador for over 40 years. Without a doubt, he is one of the most beloved figures to ever wear a Warriors uniform and both a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame person, hence his #42 jersey hanging from the rafters at Oracle Arena. On behalf of the entire Warriors organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family, including his wife, Marci. We’ll miss his presence in his customary seats at our games next season, but his legacy will live forever.”