Miami Heat re-signs Dion Waiters

The Miami Heat re-signed guard Dion Waiters, the team announced on Friday night. .

President Pat Riley said in a statement that Waiters proved last season that he was one of the best guards in the NBA.

“We are happy today to be able to sign Dion to a long-term contract,” Riley said in the statement.

Riley added that Waiters is an attacker and an “excellent” three-point shooter as well as a defender. The Miami Herald‘s Manny Navarro reported the Heat will be paying Waiters $52 million for four years. 

“He is a player that has no fear in taking the last shot, regardless of the outcome,” Riley said. “We believe that continuity has shown to be one of the important things that we do by keeping a team together. Having Dion back in the fold is a big factor in keeping that team chemistry together.”

Last season, Waiters appeared in 46 games (43 starts), helping Miami to a 27-19 (.587) record in those games. He averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 30.1 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and a career-high 39.5 percent from three-point range.

 

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Pulse nightclub victims honored at AAA event

At the rear of the American Airlines Arena there was a revolving sign Monday that shows photos of all 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. In addition to the photos, the Miami Police department and the LGBTQ group Pridelines Youth Services …

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AP Source: Bosh, Miami Heat reach agreement to part ways

A person with knowledge of the situation says Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat have agreed on the next steps to remove him from the roster and the team’s salary cap.

The person says Bosh’s issues with blood clots have been determined as a career-ending injury situation which will allow the Heat cap relief going forward, adding that Bosh cannot play for Miami again but may still seek medical clearance from another club if he decides he wants to play elsewhere. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced publicly.

Bosh remains on the Heat roster and will stay there until the team needs his cap space.

He has not played since February 2016. Bosh’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons were shortened by bouts with blood clots.

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Spoelstra, D’Antoni share NBCA Coach of the Year award

Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni are the co-winners of the National Basketball Coaches Association’s coach of the year award.

The inaugural award, named for longtime NBCA executive director Michael H. Goldberg, is decided in a vote by the league’s 30 head coaches. The winners were announced Sunday. The award will be presented to Spoelstra and D’Antoni at the NBCA’s annual meeting in September.

Other coaches who received votes from their peers were Washington’s Scott Brooks, Memphis’ David Fizdale, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Milwaukee’s Jason Kidd, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers and Utah’s Quin Snyder.

The NBA’s Coach of the Year award will be announced June 26.

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Miami Heat donate to technical college targeted by burglar

The Miami Heat made a big donation Monday to a local technical college after a recent burglary was reported at the campus.

Surveillance video shows a thief using a brick on April 1 to smash open a window at D.A. Dorsey Technical College at 7100 NW 17th Ave.

Miami-Dade Schools police said the man used a garbage can to drag out $60,000 worth of equipment from the automotive lab at the college.

“I was heartbroken for our students and our teachers, because the students come here to get job skills to get jobs, and this is our automotive technology program,” the school’s principal, Dr. Angela E. Thomas-DuPree, said.

The college was presented Monday with a check for $20,000 to help replace the computers and tools stolen from the automotive lab.

The principal said insurance will help cover the rest of the cost.

“I’m very grateful to the Random Acts of HEAT, provided by Ultimate Software,” Thomas-DuPree said. “The administrative team here at D.A. Dorsey, its faculty, staff and students are very grateful for the donation.”

Since the break-in, students have been forced to use old computers that were taken out of storage and refurbished.

Police are still looking for the thief.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Miami-Dade Technical Colleges runs the center, which was previously known as the D.A. Dorsey Educational Center.

 

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