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Whiteside: ‘It’d be great’ if Dwyane Wade Returned to Miami

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The respect has endured through the departure and assuredly would be there if there is a return. Hassan Whiteside said as much Saturday when the discussion turned to a possible Miami Heat reunion with Dwyane Wade.

“It’d be great,” Whiteside said at a fundraiser for his Whiteside Foundation. “It’s a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great.”

That, of course, is if Wade receives a buyout from the rebuilding Chicago Bulls, having joined his hometown team last summer on a two-year deal after a contract impasse with the Heat.

Whiteside played his first two seasons with the Heat alongside Wade and said there would be no concerns about the franchise’s all-time leading scorer being worked into what has become a revised mix under coach Erik Spoelstra.

“He’s a great basketball-IQ guy,” the shot-blocking center said, shortly after Spoelstra and teammates James Johnson and Wayne Ellington arrived at the Miami River Yacht Club. “He can find you on a lob. He can find you on a pick-and-roll situation. He’s a great scorer.”

Source: Ira Winderwam of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Report: Jimmy Butler to Undergo MRI on Right Knee

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler left Friday night’s 120-102 lossto the Houston Rockets with a right knee injury.

Butler drove into the paint with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter, missed a short jumper, but then clawed the rebound. He dished to a teammate, then crumpled to the floor in pain, holding his knee.

Teammates, coaches and athletic trainers tended to Butler, who had to be helped off the court. He was unable to put any weight on the leg as he was helped to the locker room, where he was evaluated.

Butler was seen hopping on one foot in the Toyota Center hallway as he headed to get an X-ray. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday when the team gets back to Minnesota.

Source: ESPN

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Sources: Multiple Teams Interested in Joakim Noah if Bought Out

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According to league sources, several playoff-bound teams are closely monitoring [Joakim] Noah’s situation in New York and would push to sign him if Noah becomes a free agent.

The Warriors, Timberwolves and Thunder are three such teams that believe Noah, who turns 33 on Sunday, could bolster their respective rosters for the postseason.

Minnesota is an obvious one since it would reunite Noah with his former coach with the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau. Golden State and Oklahoma City also feel that Noah’s experience and defensive prowess would solidify their respective benches.

Noah remains in limbo following an altercation with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek last month in Denver.

Source: Frank Isola of the New York Daily News

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Sources: Hawks, Ersan Ilyasova Nearing Buyout, Multiple Teams Interested

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Atlanta Hawks nearing a buyout with Ersan Ilyasova, I’m told.

Milwaukee and Toronto among possibilities for an Ersan Ilyasova landing spot once Hawks buyout is complete, but sense is it could open to other teams too.

Source: Sam Amick on Twitter

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