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Miami’s Micky Arison: Shaq ‘Changed Our Franchise’

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Heat president Pat Riley remembered calling the team’s owner and saying they had a chance at acquiring a “once-in-a-lifetime player” who was strong, fast and agile, could score, run, dunk and laugh, was charismatic and a global icon, and wears a size-22 sneaker.

(Owner) Micky Arison asked if Riley was serious about the Heat obtaining (Shaquille) O’Neal; Riley said he was and recalled how Arison began screaming with joy.

While O’Neal said he was on the “downslide of his career,” Riley noted that the team wouldn’t have won the title without him and that the star center “changed our franchise.”

Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN

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Sources: Kings Decline to Match Offer Sheet for Bogdan Bogdanovic

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The Sacramento Kings have declined to match the Atlanta Hawks’ four-year, $72 million offer sheet for restricted free agent guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Report: Bam Adebayo, HEAT Agree to Extension

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The Heat and Bam Adebayo have agreed to a five-year max extension, Adebayo’s agent, Alex Saratsis, tells ESPN.

Source: Zach Lowe on Twitter

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Report: Brandon Ingram, Pelicans Agree to Extension

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New Orleans Pelicans All-Star F Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension, his agents Jeff Schwartz and Jordan Gertler of @excelsm_bball tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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