Mario Chalmers Undergoes Knee Surgery

To continue the trend of injuries, Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers underwent knee surgery last Friday.

Chalmers, who averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season, had an arthroscopic procedure, in order to fix an inflamed Plica in his knee.

Although the surgery was only 20-minutes long and fairly routine, Chalmers still has a ways to go before he can get back on the court.

When u wake up in pain and u use all the ice bags last night. U gotta improvise. #earlymorningaftersurgeryproblems

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However, he is expected to make a full recovery and be back in time for training camp in the fall.

Dwyane Wade: Leaving Miami?

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In probably the most shocking twist of events for the Miami Heat thus far (and they have had one heck of a season), guard Dwyane Wade may not end up being a Heat lifer after all.

According to various reports, Wade and the Miami organization have reached an impasse regarding his future contract.

Last year, instead of taking his guaranteed $41.6 million, he opted out of his final two years and agreed to a new two-year, $31 million deal. This included a player option for next season, for $16.1 million.

Wade also alluded to testing out the negation-waters in 2016, when the team salary cap is expected to rise from $67 million to $89; therefore, many people believed the superstar would opt-in this summer.

However, now it appears as though he will be opting out.

Rumor has it that the 33-year-old is looking for a max, 3-year contract. And although he would like it to be with the Heat (he has called South Beach home for the last 12 years), he is open to looking elsewhere if an agreement cannot be reached.

There is no question that Wade has given his all to Miami. From helping win the championship in 2006, to bringing over LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the veteran should have no problem getting whatever he wants. But unfortunately, things are not so simple.

The Heat are currently looking to re-sign Goran Dragic (who too, has expressed desire to stick around). Couple that with the likelihood that Hassan Whiteside will expect an impressive payday, Bosh’s approximate $23.6 million a year and McRoberts’ owed $5.8 million and well…Miami no longer has any room to revamp the team.

On top of financial issues, there is also Wade’s health to keep in mind. Although he showed glimpses of “Flash” last season ,and has been keeping in shape this summer, there are still concerns. Besides just his age (I mean, Ray Allen anyone?), Wade has reoccurring injuries. And while they may not be career, or even season-ending, they bring about inconsistency. The Heat may not want to put everything on the line for a guy that physically cannot bring his A-game, every night.

If you ask me, the solution to all this would be giving him a fortune for one year, and reevaluating the situation after that. This way, Wade is the highest paid player on the roster (as deserved), but has not taken away Miami’s financial wiggle room.

Wade has until late June to figure out if he will opt out of his player option for this upcoming season. After all Heat Nation has been through this year, we can only pray that this matter is resolved in such a way that brings Wade back.

Shabazz Napier Out For The Season

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Because the Miami Heat have not suffered enough setbacks so far this season, it has just been announced that rookie point guard Shabazz Napier will be out for the remainder of the year. According to sources, Shabazz had a successful operation on a sports hernia Wednesday morning.

Although Napier has spent most of his time on the bench this season (and did a short stint in the D-League via the Sioux Falls Skyforce), moving forward the Heat would still benefit from having as many bodies on deck as possible.

Miami Heat Players React To Stuart Scott’s Death

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away Sunday morning at the age of 49, after a longtime fight with cancer. Respected and loved by many, Scott was a trailblazer in his field. He truly brought forth a new way to broadcast, never afraid to color outside of the lines. “Booyah,” “as cool as the other side of the pillow,” and “just call him butter cuz he’s on a roll” were just a few of the Sportscenter legend’s famous catchphrases.

As not only the league, but the entire sports community paid their respects to Scott, several members of the Miami Heat (as well as the organization itself) took to social media express their condolences.

 

RIP Stuart Scott. You will be missed.

Chris Bosh: Returning Tonight?

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After sitting out since December 14, Chris Bosh is expected to make his return tonight as the Miami Heat will be taking on the Orlando Magic. The Heat went 3-5 without Bosh in their lineup, which is even worse than it seems due to having one of their longest home stands; without their best player, home-court advantage meant little to nothing for Miami.

So far this season, Bosh is averaging about 22 points and 8 rebounds a game. Because of this, the Heat’s offense has suffered greatly lately, lacking in three-point plays and inside presence.

Bosh participated in Sunday’s practice, stating, “it felt good. It’s all about seeing how the calf responds, make sure it’s 100 percent. We wanted to do a little bit of live [practice work], make sure I get up and down the court. We wanted to get days like this in before I get out there.”

Head coach Erik Spoelstra will likely limit the big man’s minutes, starting him off easy. Therefore, the team cannot rely on him like they are used to, just yet. Although the Magic are currently 12-21, Nikola Vučević will still be a tough matchup for Bosh.

“When CB comes back, everybody needs to continue the play the way they have been and understand that he’s going to find his way back in, and we’ll make sure he finds the ball,” Wade said.

Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Luol Deng is Proud to “have a lot of African” In Him

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After Atlanta Hawks’ general manager Danny Ferry used the phrase “has some African in him” to describe newly signed Miami Heat player Luol Deng, Deng is firing back.

According to sources, Ferry was reading a scouting report and said,

“he’s still a young guy overall. He’s a good guy overall. But he’s not perfect. He’s got some African in him. And I don’t say that in a bad way but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”

Since this took place, Ferry has reportedly reached out to Deng’s agent and has been in some way reprimanded by the Hawks’ team manager, Steve Koonin; however many, including the team’s minority owner J. Michael Gearon Jr., are calling for Ferry’s dismissal. 

Yesterday, Deng himself voiced his opinion on the matter, telling the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman,

“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little’. For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.”

In a twist of irony, Deng actually attended Duke University, the same college as Ferry, before beginning his NBA career. And although the forward was indeed born in South Sudan, he has lived in Egypt, London, and the United States, as well as represented Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

Personally, I find it hard to believe that Ferry will be able to continue working for the Hawks organization, especially given owner Bruce Levenson recently revealing his own indiscretions. But despite the inevitable, Ferry has recently released this statement:

“In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players.   I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process.  Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning. In terms of the email that Bruce sent, the situation is disturbing and disappointing on many levels and I understand Bruce’s words were offensive. I am committed to learning from this and deeply regret this situation. I fully understand we have work to do in order to help us create a better organization; one that our players and fans will be proud of, on and off the court, and that is where my focus is moving forward.”

 
Unfortunately for Ferry, I doubt he will have much, if any, say on the team moving forward. Even with all the hoopla surrounding Donald Sterling, it still does not seem as though people have learned the repercussions of their actions. Here is to moving toward the 2014-2015 season, and once again focusing on the game itself.

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.