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Udonis Haslem; Tayshaun Prince; Andre Drummond

Udonis Haslem: “I feel like I could go three or four more years”


Udonis Haslem, at age 35, will be back in Miami next season for at least one more run. Which seems fitting after a dozen seasons in South Beach already.

His game is deteriorating a little with age. However, because it was always based more on energy and effort — playing smart defense, crashing the boards, being an enforcer — he still brings some value to the court. He started 25 games and played almost 1,000 minutes for the Heat last season, averaging 4.2 points and 4.2 assists per game.

Haslem may be nearing the end of his career, but he told Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post he isn’t ready to hang up his sneakers.

“I feel pretty durable,” he said after his second straight season playing fewer than 1,000 minutes (after averaging 2,283 during his first seven seasons and playing fewer than 1,400 just once in his first 10). “I just make sure to keep myself ready and give myself a chance to play this game.

“I feel fine. I feel like I could go three or four more years depending on how Coach might need to use me or what the situation might be. When I was needed to go out there and play big minutes, I was able to put up some pretty decent numbers. If these guys need me, I’ve gotta make sure I stay ready.”

Haslem could be leaned on to prove he still has some gas in the tank next season — he did that with a few key games down the stretch last season (he scored 18 points against the Pistons, for example).

The Heat will start Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside up front, and behind them bring in Josh McRoberts, Amare Stoudemire, and Chris Andersen (although the Birdman has been mentioned as having been shopped around by the Heat). That’s an interesting front line but not the most durable one ever, and Haslem is going to have to step in some nights to make sure those guys get some rest (at the very least).

This is the last year of his contract ($2.9 million), whether the Heat will want him back remains to be seen. But he’s a veteran, stabilizing voice in the locker room, and that alone makes him a favorite of Pat Riley. So maybe three or four years isn’t out of the question.

Amar’e Stoudemire officially signs with Heat

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

The Miami Heat are going to be one of the most entertaining and better teams in the East. They will start three potential All-Stars (Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh), and they are putting a nice bench behind them.

That now includes Amar’e Stoudemire, who officially signed with the team on Friday. It is a one-year, veteran minimum deal at $1.5 million.

“We are very fortunate that a proven All-Star like Amar’e has chosen the Miami Heat,” Miami President Pat Riley said in a statement. “He is going to bring gravitas, leadership and a hardworking mentality to our team as we look to win another Championship in Miami.”

Stoudemire, 32, is no longer a franchise cornerstone kind of player, but he does have a role.

Last season — split between New York and Dallas — he averaged 11.5 points a game and shot 55.7 percent, with an impressive PER of 20.3. His minutes need to be monitored, he’s going to miss games because of his knees, but when he plays he’s going to provide value on the court.

Miami likely starts Bosh at the four and Hassan Whiteside at the five. Their bigs off the bench as of right now are Josh McRoberts and Chris Andersen (although the Birdman could be moved in a deal). Stoudemire will get run in that mix and provide them some quality minutes.

Don’t sleep on the Heat this season.

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire to meet with Pat Riley, “strongly considering” Heat

Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

He’s not the force of nature he once was, but Amar’e Stoudemire at age 32 still has a role in the NBA. Last season — split between New York and Dallas — he averaged 11.5 points a game (in the 59 games he played in) and shot 55.7 percent. His PER was a very good 20.3. In a limited role (and with his minutes monitored) he can provide some value.

Pat Riley recognizes this and he’s going after the veteran forward — and Riley wins most of his recruiting battles for Miami.

From Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:

Stoudemire will have other suitors (if DeAndre Jordan decides to return to the Clippers, Zwerling says the Mavs will make a play to retain Stoudemire).

That said, Stoudemire seems a good fit in Miami. The Heat will start Chris Bosh at the four and Hassan Whiteside at center, and then bring Josh McRoberts and Chris Andersen in behind them. You can see Stoudemire getting run in that mix — and doing well.

Miami is going to be a good team next season if they can stay healthy, maybe the top four in the East. Stoudemire would help that along. Plus living in Miami in the winter doesn’t suck. They probably have an entire spa dedicated to red wine baths down there.

Report: Miami Heat’s Pat Riley will get dinner to try and woo LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers

UPDATE: Pat Riley and the Miami Heat got their foot in the door — Riley will have a dinner meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge Thursday to try and convince him to come to Miami, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

This is still a crazy longshot — they already have an arguably better version of Aldridge in Bosh — but the Heat are at least going to get to take their swings.


The Spurs are still the team to beat. The Lakers are getting a second chance to make a first impression. The Suns knocked it out of the park in their meeting and moved into contention. The Knicks never even got up to the plate.

And now the Miami Heat want to take a swing.

The Heat are trying to get a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Adriam Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

It seems a real longshot for a couple of reasons. First off, in Chris Bosh the Miami Heat already have a player with a similar skill set and style of play to Aldridge (and Bosh is the better defender).

Second, the Heat do not have nor can they easily create cap space. The only way to make this work is a sign-and-trade. They could sign-and-trade Bosh for Aldridge, but that is basically and even swap. In theory they could sign-and-trade Wade but they would never do that (and Portland doesn’t want him). Or, they could sign-and-trade for Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and other players. Not sure Portland does that either.

But the Heat at least want to get up to the plate. That would put them ahead of the Knicks.

David Griffin says LeBron James is conferring with him daily about Cavaliers roster

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

LeBron James has a reputation for going dark after the season – intentionally or not, passively aggressively dictating how his team should proceed.

It got Mike Brown fired, Shabazz Napier drafted and Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger signed.

But it seems LeBron is taking a different approach this year.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

LeBron James hasn’t said anything to the Cavaliers about his contract situation, general manager David Griffin said early Friday morning.

But about the Cavs’ roster?

“We’ve heard from him every day pretty much,” Griffin said, following the 2015 NBA Draft. “He’s very engaged.”

“He is not dark,” Griffin said. “It’s been great. He’s been very much engaged with us on a lot of different levels. It’s been positive.”

If LeBron is going to hold the Cavaliers’ feet to the fire over roster moves before re-signing, why not listen to his opinion? LeBron is the most import person in the organization. He deserves a say.

But he should – and probably doesn’t – recognize he’s unqualified to run the front office.

He’s too close to the players on the team. A view from afar is helpful in that role.

He also surely doesn’t put the time into scouting and mastering salary-cap nuances. Those are requirements of the job.  LeBron is rightfully focused on his other job, playing for the team.

If LeBron is just an advisor, that’s fantastic. If he’s trying to do more, that could cause problems.