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As soon as Andrew Bynum cleared waivers recently, the Miami HEAT were being mentioned as a potential suitor for the big man. It makes sense because Miami needs help down low, but Pat Riley shot down the Bynum rumors when talking to reporters.
On Wednesday, Zach Lowe of Grantland predicted that the HEAT would waive Toney Douglas (who Miami just acquired) in order to sign Bynum. This is certainly possible and the above quote could just be Riley keeping his cards close to his vest.
The fact that Miami has the taxpayer mid-level exception (worth $3.183 million) was another reason that the HEAT were being mentioned as a perfect landing spot for Bynum, since Miami has money to spend whereas most teams just have a veteran’s minimum contract to offer. If Greg Oden can be productive and healthy (after he had six points in eight minutes on Wednesday night), Miami won’t need Bynum. However, Oden obviously isn’t the most reliable player given his injury history so we’ll see what happens.
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This is shocking news, simply because head coaches rarely go on the record and discuss that they’re concerned about losing their superstar. However, it’s a genuine concern considering how poorly the New York Knicks have played this season (until lately) and because there are multiple teams that have cap space this summer that would love to bring in a star of Anthony’s caliber.
Keep in mind, if Anthony decides to exercise his early termination option, he’ll be opting out of $23,333,403 for next season. Also, he’ll be leaving significant money and an extra season on the table if he decides to leave the Knicks since they’re the only team that can offer him a five-year deal.
This becomes interesting at the trade deadline on February 20. If the Knicks have any reason to believe that Anthony will leave this offseason, they’ll likely consider trading him so that they can get something in return for their star rather than losing him for nothing via free agency.
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Earlier this week, Doc Rivers said that Hedo Turkoglu had a strong workout with the Los Angeles Clippers and that his team had a lot of interest in signing the veteran forward. Today, the team made the signing official around 9 a.m. Now, the only question is how much does Turkoglu have left in the tank?
At 34 years old, Turkoglu is far from the player that he was during the Orlando Magic’s 2009 postseason run. Last season, he appeared in 11 games for the Magic, averaging 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Orlando recently waived Turkoglu, paying him $6 million for this season, even though he didn’t appear in a game or practice with the team since he was told to stay away from the group just before training camp. Instead, he was working out on his own at Rollins College in Orlando, preparing for his next stint.
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