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Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen addresses the media after game six against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 103-100 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

All The Miami Heat News You Need To Know

Ray Allen Opts-In For The Final Year Of His Contract

  • He will make $3.2 million in the upcoming season.
  • Allen was expected to opt-out so that he could get a better contract: one that would pay more money, and be for longer.  Turns out, he didn’t do either of those things.  Is this some classic Jesus Shuttlesworth loyalty and professionalism?  Or is there some Pat Riley magic at play as well?  I think a little bit of both…

Making Sense Of The Miami Heat’s Contract Math

  • Norris Cole will make $1.1 million next season, which makes him “the most cost-effective labor on the Heat squad.”
  • On Chris Bosh: “A trade could potentially alleviate luxury-tax burdens, but he also is the right Big Three fit.”
  • On Mike Miller: “Amnesty would save the Heat more than $20 million over next two seasons. That could be his [Miller's] mid-July reality, although Heat President Pat Riley said he would like to retain Miller.”

Will Heat Target Specific Free Agents?

  • “Unlike a year ago, when the Heat went into free agency with Ray Allen as a singular focus, and with eyes on the low-cost possibilities of Rashard Lewis, this year figures to be more of a waiting game, to see who falls to their price range. That said, should an Elton Brand, for example, decide that a title shot at the minimum, with no guarantee of playing time, is acceptable (the Rashard Lewis Plan, if you will), then I think the Heat would embrace such overtures. When a veteran free agent or two recognize their perceived value does not match the market, that’s when Pat Riley and his staff might pop into action.”

Chris Andersen Becomes A Top Priority For The Heat

  • “With 12 players signed to guaranteed contracts, the Heat will approach Monday’s start of NBA free agency with patience. Miami’s only priority at the outset will be re-signing center Chris Andersen, who can be paid either $1.7 million or the Heat’s $3.2 taxpayer’s midlevel exception.If Andersen re-signs, only two other roster spots will be available, unless the Heat uses the one-time amnesty clause on Mike Miller (team president Pat Riley said he is disinclined to do that) or Joel Anthony. The Heat figures to sign at least one young veteran in August or September, as it did last year with Josh Harrellson.”

     

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