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Reports: Dwyane Wade to meet with Denver, other teams on Wednesday


Dwyane Wade feels he sacrificed money in the past so the Miami Heat could form elite teams — both in the LeBron James era, then rebuilding after LeBron bolted — and now he wants to be made whole. Pat Riley isn’t the sentimental type and reportedly came in low early ($10 million a year, although Miami was still chasing Kevin Durant and talking to Hassan Whiteside at the time, which could have impacted the offer). That pissed off Wade, so now that the Heat are offering Wade two years at nearly $40 million. He wants more — at leat $50 million over two years, or a third year — and is still talking to other teams. It is all leverage, few around the league think he’s going anywhere.

But he will meet with Denver in New York on Wednesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Wade has traveled to New York for meetings that will include Denver president Josh Kroenke, general manager Tim Connelly and coach Michael Malone, league sources said.

Wade’s acrimonious discussions with the Heat have led him to taking the next step with interested teams, which could turn out to be a way for the 12-time All-Star to leverage a third guaranteed contract year out of Miami – or the beginning of the end of his 13-year, three-NBA-championship run with Miami. The Nuggets have been aggressive in pursuit of Wade, offering a two-year, approximately $52 million contract, sources said.

Denver is not the only team he is meeting with, reports Tim Reynolds with the Associated Press.

Chicago may be one of those teams.

While Wade is reaching out to other teams, it feels like we saw this movie last year (and most front offices around the league see it the same way). Wade likely ultimately returns to Miami.

But he is taking meetings, so the door is open.

Grizzlies name Keith Smart, Adam Mazarei assistant coaches

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Keith Smart and Adam Mazarei as assistants on new coach David Fizdale’s staff.

The hires were announced Tuesday. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.

Smart and Fizdale worked together the last two seasons as assistant coaches with the Miami Heat. Smart previously was a head coach with the Sacramento Kings (2011-13), Golden State Warriors (2010-11) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003). He also spent three seasons as head coach of the Continental Basketball Association’s Fort Wayne Fury. He made the winning shot in Indiana’s 1987 NCAA Tournament championship game over Syracuse.

Mazarei has been a player development assistant for the Grizzlies the last three seasons. His roles included assisting with advance and pro personnel scouting.

Sidney Lowe, Tony Brown join Scott Brooks’ Wizards staff

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WASHINGTON (AP) Former NBA head coach Sidney Lowe and interim coach Tony Brown have been hired as assistants to Scott Brooks with the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards announced Tuesday that Chad Iske, Mike Terpstra and Maz Trakh also will be assistants to Brooks.

Brooks replaced the fired Randy Wittman after the team failed to make the playoffs last season, finishing 41-41 and 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Brown will be Brooks’ top assistant after working for the Nets the past two seasons, including 45 games as their interim head coach. He’s also been an assistant with seven other NBA clubs.

Lowe coached the Grizzlies for two-plus seasons and also was an assistant elsewhere, most recently the Timberwolves. He played on of North Carolina State’s 1983 NCAA championship team and was the school’s head coach from 2006-11.

Elfrid Payton helped recruit Bismack Biyombo to Orlando

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There are 72 million reasons Bismack Biyombo is headed to the Orlando Magic.

Well, 72 million and one. Of course, the money is at the top of the list, but the Magic used a player they trust to help seal the deal — point guard Elfrid Payton. That according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

Team officials asked Payton to attend their meeting with Biyombo and help convince Biyombo to join the Magic.

“It was cool,” Payton said Tuesday. “It was definitely an experience, definitely a sign of respect that they asked me to come with them. I’m grateful for that.”

Aaron Gordon was also part of the pitch.

It worked and new coach Frank Vogel has an impressive front line to work with — Biyombo, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic, and Gordon. I like Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja on the wings. If Payton is as good as the Magic management things — and I am far from sold on that — they are a playoff team on the rise in the East. Going to be an interesting year in Orlando.

Report: “Hopeful” Nuggets have two-year offer north of $50 million on table for Dwyane Wade

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You have to love that Denver is rolling the dice. It’s a good gamble, even if the team is just being used as leverage.

Dwayne Wade wants three years, or at least two years and $50 million, out of the Miami Heat. Pat Riley has only offered two-years, $40 million.

Enter the Denver leverage.

Good luck finding anyone around the league who thinks Wade is Denver bound.

Wade averaged 19 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in the regular season; then in the playoffs had a few old-school Wade performances where he nearly single-handedly won games. However, he’s 34, has chronic knee issues (despite playing 74 games last season), and he’s in decline (Wade’s efficiency took a step back last season, he had his lowest PER since his rookie season).

Eventually Wade and Miami will reach a deal. Bank on it. Everything else is leverage.