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 [email protected]@Mr_roth_: Will we really sit and do NOTHING in yet another offseason? Anthony Chiang: Another? If I remember correctly, the Heat have been pretty active the past two summers. Yeah, the Heat missed out on Kevin Durant in 2016 and Gordon Hayward in 2017, but they got meetings with them and were in the race. Plenty of money was spent in free agency the past two offseasons, too. And if it remember correctly, there’s that summer the Heat signed LeBron … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Why have the Miami Heat been so quiet to start free agency?
Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, catching a winning TD pass against the Bills in 2016, had 847 yards and six scores last year. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post) (Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2018.) WR Kenny Stills Height, weight: 6-1, 196 College: Oklahoma Age: 26Experience: Sixth season, fourth with Dolphins Acquired: Trade with Saints in 2015 Contract: In second year of a four-year, $32 million contract Pro Football Focus rank: 89th out of 116 In 2017 Stats: 16 starts, 58 receptions for 847 yards (14.6 average), six TDs Notable moments: Seven receptions for 180 yards and one TD vs. Bucs Straight talk: Pop quiz time: Which NFL receiver has the best per-catch average since Stills … [Read more...] about More riding on shoulders of Miami Dolphins’ Kenny Stills than ever before
Heat players Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade, Wayne Ellington and Bam Adebayo look from the bench during overtime against the Brooklyn Nets at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — With free agency upon us, here’s a look at the Heat’s salary cap situation. Miami currently has 10 players under contract for 2018-19 who are due about $119 million (assuming Rodney McGruder’s $1.5 million salary is guaranteed by Saturday’s deadline, as expected). That puts the Heat way above the projected $101 million salary cap, very close to the projected $123 million luxury tax line and not in a position to aggressively pursue free agents.How do we calculate the $119 million the Heat are already committed to in payroll — excluding cap holds — for next season? You arrive at that number only when counting the 2018-19 salaries of Hassan Whiteside ($25.4 million), Tyler Johnson ($19.2 million), Goran Dragic ($18.1 … [Read more...] about 2018 Miami Heat Free Agency Primer: What you need to know about the Heat’s salary cap situation
Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain says when big plays come along, everybody on defense needs to be celebrating in 2018, not just one or two players. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post) (Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2018.) CB Bobby McCain Height, weight: 5-11, 192 College: Memphis Age: Will be 25 this seasonExperience: Fourth NFL season, all with Dolphins Acquired: Drafted in fifth round in 2015 Contract: Recently signed a four-year, $27 million extension Pro Football Focus rank: 46th out of 121 In 2017 Stats: Started seven of 16 games played; had 45 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble Notable moments: Intercepted pass from Josh McCown and … [Read more...] about Miami Dolphins’ D showing some fire? Bobby McCain will second that emotion
Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade talks with Hassan Whiteside and James Johnson during a game this season against the Phoenix Suns. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The NBA starts a new fiscal year 12 a.m. Sunday, which also signals the start of free agency and what once again will be a busy offseason. The Miami Heat may not be as big a player as usual this offseason because of roster and payroll limitations but president Pat Riley still will be busy trying to find a way to upgrade his roster, however difficult that may be. This week we have taken a look at the biggest offseason questions surrounding the Heat. Today we end our series with this question: Can the Heat move Hassan Whiteside or does his contract, diminishing skills and lack of maturity make him untradeable? [Monday’s question: LeBron James could be on the move again, do the Heat have a chance of bringing him back?] [Tuesday’s question: Will Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem return for a … [Read more...] about 2018 Miami Heat Offseason Preview: Does Hassan Whiteside’s contract make him untradeable?