Heat’s Pat Riley on trade deadline: ‘I’m glad we didn’t do anything stupid’



Miami Heat and President Pat Riley did not made a deal at the trade deadline. .(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)
Miami Heat and President Pat Riley did not made a deal at the trade deadline. .(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI – Pat Riley said the Miami Heat did exactly what they expected at the trade deadline – “nothing.”

The Heat, said Riley, were neither a buyer nor a seller.

“We said at the beginning of the year we had a team we liked, a group of young players, and wanted to see who emerged,” Riley said today. “When we were (11-30) it seemed like everything was nothing and that we had nothing to lose. There was a lot of adversity and they found some real positivity and the same chemistry that was borne out of that losing to this time now where you’re seeing some guys emerge.”

That Heat (25-32) won 14 of their last 16 to climb within two games of the final playoff spot in the East. Riley said he is “excited” about the final 25 games.

“I think the most interesting thing that we as an organization will look at the last 25 games because this is about something that we can gain,” he said. “I want to see now how they will operate now with real pressure. If making the playoffs is important then there will be some games that will have some pressure. If we can get those players we believe in that we think can be part of the future and perform at a high level during this time and make the playoffs I think that’s what we’re looking for and that’s why didn’t make trades for the sake of making trades.

Riley said that he, coach Erik Spoelstra, GM Andy Elisburg and CEO Nick Arison decided to “play this out.”

“We got a great roster of young players and some great leadership and some of the veterans, some guys who are emerging, great coaching staff teaching them everything they know, everything they need for this run. We got a draft pick, we don’t know where it’s going to be. And we have that elusive moving number for the summer that will help us rebuild.

“I’m glad we didn’t do anything stupid.”

More on Riley about the deadline, Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside and other thoughts to come.

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