Mailbag: Why have the Miami Heat been so quiet to start free agency?

Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson (8), James Johnson, second from left, Kelly Olynyk (9) and Josh Richardson (0) talk on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 129-102. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). You can also email me at achiang@pbpost.com. Continue reading “Mailbag: Why have the Miami Heat been so quiet to start free agency?”

With no cap space to use in free agency this summer, is planning for future Heat’s best bet?

From left, the Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade react as the Philadelphia 76ers lead in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — When free agency begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m., Heat president Pat Riley doesn’t expect to be out meeting with available players.

It’s not because of a lack of interest, as this free-agent class actually includes big names like LeBron James (who opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers on Friday morning), Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins. Instead, Riley and the Heat are limited by their salary-cap situation. Continue reading “With no cap space to use in free agency this summer, is planning for future Heat’s best bet?”

2018 NBA mock draft: Breaking down the first 30 picks

NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton, who may be the Phoenix Suns’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NBA draft, talks to the media after an individual workout with the Suns, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

MIAMI — The 2018 NBA Draft is almost here. The two-round draft will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Heat don’t have a pick in either round, but they could trade for or buy a selection. Here’s how we see the first round going … Continue reading “2018 NBA mock draft: Breaking down the first 30 picks”

Possible NBA draft rule change could prove costly for Heat

Miami Heat president Pat Riley attends Day Two of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest MultiSport Complex on May 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

MIAMI — The Heat had to give up quite a bit to acquire Goran Dragic in a February 2015 trade. But it could be even more than Miami originally thought, depending on how quickly the NBA moves away from the one-and-done rule that requires most draft prospects to spend at least one season playing in college. Continue reading “Possible NBA draft rule change could prove costly for Heat”

A rundown of eight big questions entering NBA offseason: What will happen with LeBron James, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard?

In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) walk upcourt during the second half of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

MIAMI — The Warriors have been crowned NBA champions, and just like that the most exciting offseason in sports has begun.

There are plenty of intriguing storylines entering the summer like LeBron James’ future, the Kawhi Leonard-Spurs situation and Paul George’s impending free agency. Here’s a rundown with the eight biggest questions of the 2018 NBA offseason, including our predictions for how each will play out. Continue reading “A rundown of eight big questions entering NBA offseason: What will happen with LeBron James, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard?”

Why are the Heat tied for fifth-best odds to win the 2018-19 NBA title? The LeBron James effect

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James follows through on a shot during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

MIAMI — The Heat have very little financial flexibility to make significant changes to their roster this offseason, a roster that posted a 44-38 regular-season record and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs this year.

So, one wouldn’t expect Miami to enter the offseason with the league’s fifth-best odds to win the 2019 NBA championship. But that’s exactly where the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Heat in its early odds for next year’s title. Continue reading “Why are the Heat tied for fifth-best odds to win the 2018-19 NBA title? The LeBron James effect”

Without a pick, Heat are preparing for every possibility at NBA draft combine … even the possibility of acquiring a pick

CHICAGO — The Heat don’t have a draft pick this year, but don’t tell them that.

The team is well-represented at this week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago by a group that includes president Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg, vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer, coach Erik Spoelstra, CEO Nick Arison and members of the player personnel staff. Spoelstra made an appearance at the combine to watch prospects Thursday, and Riley was at the Quest Multisport complex on Friday.

In other words, the Heat are preparing as if they have a pick in this year’s June 21 draft. Continue reading “Without a pick, Heat are preparing for every possibility at NBA draft combine … even the possibility of acquiring a pick”

Maryland’s Kevin Huerter meets with Miami Heat, then impresses rest of NBA at combine

Kevin Huerter, from Maryland, participates in the NBA draft basketball combine Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO — Kevin Huerter has opened a lot of eyes at the NBA draft combine this week.

The Maryland guard, who arrived to Chicago as a projected second-round pick, is rising up draft boards after turning in a solid performance in the combine’s first five-on-five scrimmage and producing eye-opening results in the agility and shooting drills on Thursday. Continue reading “Maryland’s Kevin Huerter meets with Miami Heat, then impresses rest of NBA at combine”

How is the NBA draft combine going for former Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown? Plus, a look at his meeting with the Heat

CHICAGO — Bruce Brown doesn’t need any extra motivation.

The former Hurricane guard is carrying plenty of it with him during the NBA’s pre-draft evaluation process. Brown is working to prove that his surgically-repaired left foot is fully healed, which is enough to make these next few weeks leading up to the June 21 draft especially important.

But that’s not all. Brown pointed to a childhood memory as the fuel to his drive. Continue reading “How is the NBA draft combine going for former Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown? Plus, a look at his meeting with the Heat”

Who should be NBA’s MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year? Heat coach and players reveal their picks

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — With the NBA regular season coming to a close, awards season is near.

After Sunday’s practice, we asked coach Erik Spoelstra and nine Heat players who they would vote for as the league’s Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year. Continue reading “Who should be NBA’s MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year? Heat coach and players reveal their picks”