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Miami Heat Rumors Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2013

Miami Heat Rumors Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    Your 2013 NBA champions are ready to re-up for a three-peat in 2014, doing something that no other team has done since the 2000-2002 Los Angeles Lakers, but they also have some questions to address this summer.

    While they won't be big issues to deal with, at least in comparison to what they're going to have to keep in check next summer, it's certainly the most important crop of free agents since they came together back in 2010.

    A tight money situation could throw a monkey wrench into their plans.

    So what's the word on the street with the Miami Heat? Let's take a look and take stock into which rumors are true and which are boldface lies.

Mike Miller Amnestied

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 6:06 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    According to Ken Berger of CBS, Mike Miller has not only cleared waivers, but has also picked out a destination: the Oklahoma City Thunder. Berger reports that the recently amnestied Miller has told friends that he's likely to sign with OKC.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    A tweet from the Miami Heat's official Twitter feed has made the decision to amnesty Mike Miller official. The sharpshooter will now go through the waiver process before becoming an unrestricted free agent. 

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 2:44 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post, the Heat are now expected to amnesty Mike Miller.

    Previously, it was expected that they would hold onto him.

    ---End of update---

     

    Pat Riley said on June 26 (via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida) that he will not use the amnesty clause on Mike Miller unless he gets a "mandate" to do so. It's hard to imagine Riley being mandated by anyone to do that considering he's the architect of the team.

    Riley reiterated on July 13 in a report to the Associated Press that the Heat had no plans to use their amnesty provision.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    We're buying this one. An amnesty of Miller would knock his salary off the books, but the team would still have to pay him and wouldn't be able to replace him in free agency. At this point, amnestying Miller doesn't make a ton of sense.

    It is, however, something that could be explored in the future.

Greg Oden, Miami Heat Interested in One Another

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 8:19 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Greg Oden is expected to sit down with a number of teams in the coming week. Among them are the Mavericks, Kings and Pelicans.

    Stein says that the Heat and Spurs are still considered to be at the "forefront" of the race to sign him.

    ---End of update--- 

     

    Previously, Oden's player rep told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida that Miami was interested in his client.

    On June 26, Pat Riley confirmed that the team would explore potentially signing Oden as a free agent during the offseason (via Tomasson).

    ESPN's Jeff Goodman confirmed the Heat (along with four other teams) are in the running for Oden, but they are not currently the favorite.

    Marc Stein of ESPN  adds that the Heat are still very much in play for Oden, along with the Cavaliers and Spurs.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Strong buy on this one, folks. Oden's name has been rumored around the Heat for a long time, but he's got to get back on the court and prove he can play NBA basketball before Miami will gamble on him.

    As a rim-protecting big man who will come at a discount, Oden makes a lot of sense in South Beach as he attempts to revive his career.

Mo Williams Pining for a Trip to Miami?

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    The Buzz

    According to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, Mo Williams may be open to taking a pay cut to join a contender like the Heat or Spurs.

    Kennedy doesn't actually name the Heat as a team of interest. He may just be using them as an example.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Buy Williams wanting to join a contender. As for which contender that will be, we have no clue.

    Miami is Ground Zero for veteran free agents who are willing to take a pay cut to chase championships. Whenever someone like Williams is interested in doing just that, South Beach is a plausible destination.

    The Heat would likely welcome his three-point shooting, but unless they have plans to part ways with a guy like Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole any time soon, there may not be enough playing time to go around.

    Also, not sure if Williams would play for as steep a discount as the one he would have to sign at.

    As always, continue to monitor this potential situation as the market dries up even further. 

Chris 'Birdman' Andersen on His Way Back to Miami

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Friday, July 12, 10:21 a.m. ET by Greg Swartz

    According to the official twitter feed of the Miami Heat, the team has re-signed Birdman to a one-year deal.

    The Miami Herald reports that the deal is for $1.7 million, and that Anderson turned down a more lucrative deal to return to the Heat.

    In 42 games with Anderson last season, Miami went a remarkable 39-3.

    ---End of update---

     

    LeBron James talked about Miami's looming free agency following the team's championship, and he mentioned three names that he wouldn't mind seeing back: Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen, according to Ethan Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post.

    Additionally, Birdman's agent said (via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida) that Andersen would like to return to the Heat, but stopped short of guaranteeing it.

    With Andersen coming in at midseason, the opinion coming out of the season was that Andersen would be let go, and they would go after another big man near the trade deadline next February.

    However, with LeBron and Mario Chalmers chiming in that they would like to see the Birdman back in Miami, it seems that he could be on the team's radar this summer.

    Tomasson reports the Heat are optimistic about getting a deal done with Birdman.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Andersen has officially agreed to re-sign with Miami. The big man has signed on for one more season with the defending champs.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Buy it, as Anderson has officially returned to the Heat.

    Birdman was crucial to the team's success last season, and provided an interior defensive presence that Miami had been lacking.

    The deal is for $1.7 million for one season for the 35-year-old.

     

David Fizdale Next Assistant to Crack the Head Coaching Ranks?

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    The Buzz

    Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have been granted permission to interview Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale for their head coaching vacancy.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    It's hard to buy anything with Philadelphia's methodical coaching search.

    Doug Collins vacated the Sixers' sideline back in mid-April, and there's been no clear-cut favorite to take his spot since.

    Fizdale's had an incredibly successful run as Erick Spoelstra's assistant, earning three NBA Finals trips and two champion rings during his five-year stay. He's previously honed his craft on the sidelines of the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.

    With Miami still pacing the preseason power rankings, Fizdale might want to stick around long enough to find out the free-agent plans of the Big Three. But the allure of the coveted seat at the head of the table may prove too great for Fizdale to ignore.

     

Pat Riley Has No Plans to Break Up the Big Three

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    The Buzz

    Pat Riley has no plans to break up the Heat's Big Three this summer, according to Joseph Goodman of The Miami Herald

    Riley's plan is for the Heat to prove from "within," suggesting that no major changes are going to take place between now and next season.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Is this really even a question?

    The Heat just won their second straight championship and are on the cusp of actualizing the dynasty they set out to build nearly three years ago.

    Both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had postseasons to forget, but they, along with LeBron James made it through. And you don't fix championship teams.

    Even if on some levels they appear broken.

Miami Heat in the Sebastian Telfair Market

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    The Buzz

    Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy reports the Miami Heat are among a handful of teams that have expressed interest in point guard Sebastian Telfair.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    With Mario Chalmers back in the fold and Norris Cole still under contract, the Heat don't really need a third point guard.

    LeBron James handles the ball a fair amount, and it's difficult to envision how Telfair would help the Heat at this stage.

    We're selling this one. Miami doesn't need Telfair.

Ray Allen Opts In

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    The Buzz

    According to Chris Tomasson of FoxSports Florida, Ray Allen has exercised his player option for the 2013-14 season, meaning he'll be back with the Heat for just over $3 million next year.

    Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel previously reported that Allen might opt out in order to restructure his deal with the Heat, but it has now been confirmed that he'll simply finish out the two-year agreement he signed last summer.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Allen went to the Heat in order to win an NBA Championship, and he's got another chance to do that in 2014. From a business perspective, his decision to opt in means that the Heat won't have to use a Non-Bird exception on him to reward him with a raise.

    That's not great financial news for Allen, but he's clearly just looking at the basketball side of things here.

    Leaving a year after coming to town never seemed likely, and now we know that Allen will be bombing away from the corners for one more season.

James Jones, Rashard Lewis Exercise Player Options to Return

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    The Buzz

    According to the official Twitter feed for the Miami Heat, both James Jones and Rashard Lewis have exercised their contract options to return for the 2013-14 season.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    This is the definition of a no-brainer decision for both guys. Each rode the bench en route to a title for the 2012-13 campaign, and each returning at a bargain rate will keep the back end of the bench intact.

    It's not surprising to see either guy return, and frankly it would have been bigger news if either guy wasn't planning to return.

Mario Chalmers Will Return to Miami Heat

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    The Buzz

    Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports that the Miami Heat have exercised their $4 million option on Mario Chalmers' contract. 

    Chalmers had been incredibly vocal following the second championship in as many years for the Heat, reiterating that he not only wants to come back himself, but "wants the entire team back."

    Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel had previously reported that Miami would "almost assuredly pick up the option."

     

    Buying or Selling?

    This one's a no-brainer, and the team saw it the same way.

    His $4 million option is a bargain for a starting guard who can knock down three-pointers, and with no impact on the team financially down the road, there was no reason to decline the option.

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