James Jones is off to Cleveland

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Following in Mike Miller’s footsteps, James Jones is the latest former Miami Heat player to join LeBron James in Cleveland.

According to reports, after a bit of recruiting from James himself, Jones has agreed to sign a $1.4 million veteran’s minimum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have also apparently reached out to Ray Allen but no decision has been made yet, as Allen may actually be ready to retire.

 

Udonis Haslem: Another Piece of the Puzzle

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Shortly after Dwyane Wade reached an agreement with the Miami Heat, Udonis Haslem did the same; according to the Sun Sentinel, Haslem has agreed to return to Miami on a $2.7 million space exception.

Haslem, once again like Wade, has taken it upon himself to help his team gain flexibility in terms of future signings and re-signings. He has been with the Heat since 2003.

 

Dwyane Wade: Home Is Where the Heat Are

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Sources are reporting that Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat have finally reached an agreement in terms of his new contract. Wade, who announced the news himself via his Instagram account (pictured below) has signed onto a two-year deal, worth roughly $34 million. However, it is important to note that there is a player-option set for the 2015-2016 season.

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This is the second time Wade has taken a pay cut (the first being in 2010 when the infamous Big Three were born). In this instance, Wade is helping to give teammate Chris Bosh a full five-year, maximum deal, and new Miami Mafia member, Luol Deng, a two-year deal worth $20 million.

Although some NBA fans spoke of their desire for Wade to branch out to another city (after LeBron James’ announcement that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers), it is no secret that Wade has dedicated his entire career to making the Heat the best team it can be; and personally, I do not see that changing anytime soon. Wade may support James’ decision but that certainly does not mean he plans to head to the Chicago Bulls, down the line.

Birdman: Still Spreading His Wings in Miami

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Shortly after news of Mario Chalmers returning to the Miami Heat surfaced, according to several reports it seems as though teammate Chris Andersen (otherwise known as “Birdman”) is following in his footsteps.

Details beyond Andersen re-signing on a multiyear deal have yet to be released, but the important thing is that it appears as though the gang is back in action.

So far Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Justin Hamilton, Chalmers and Andersen all have Heat contracts, or are expected to shortly.

LeBron James or not, South Beach is still looking pretty good to me.

Mario Chalmers is back with the Miami Heat

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In a surprising (at least to me) turn of events, Mario Chalmers has officially announced that he will be returning to the Miami Heat:

Chalmers has been with the Heat since 2008, and expressed major interest in returning again for the 2014-2015 season. However many, including myself, questioned whether or not this would be a good idea given his subpar performance during most of Miami’s postseason. Generally, Chalmers seemed to be missing in action, playing selfishly when he did appear to make more of an impression.

With that said, this season and postseason were the first time Heat Nation expressed disappointment in their point guard, so it is more than possible that next year will be a different, better story. Regardless though, I personally think Norris Cole has proven himself worthy enough to start over Chalmers.

As of now, details on his contract are still rolling in, but sources have confirmed that Chalmers will be signing on for two more years.

Welcome to the Miami Heat, Luol Deng

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This just in: Luol Deng has signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Miami Heat.

It is no secret that Heat president Pat Riley has had his eye on Deng since the season ended, but many were unsure how much money it would take to persuade him. Obviously though, the money was right, and the Heat have once again made a solid move in revamping their team for 2014-2015.

Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are expected to re-sign with Miami any day now.

Chris Bosh To Remain With Miami Heat

The latest in Miami Heat free agency news seems to be that despite LeBron James’ decision to leave Miami to return home to Cleveland, Chris Bosh has decided to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract. Up until now, most people believed that Bosh would find his way to the Houston Rockets, who have been busy making moves in order to clear space for the big man. The Rockets just traded Jeremy Lin to Los Angeles, an arrangement they may now be regretting.

With this latest development taking place, I assume Dwyane Wade will also re-sign and keep the Heat’s recent legacy alive.

Stay tuned!