Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

Federal authorities are investigating Jeffrey R. David, the former chief revenue officer for the Sacramento Kings, on suspicion of embezzlement, according to The Sacramento Bee’s San Stanton and Darrell Smith.

David is suspected of embezzling $13.4 million ($9 million from Golden 1 Credit Union and $4.3 million from Kaiser Permanente) during his time with the Kings so he could purchase real estate in southern California.

His position with the Kings organization was eliminated on June 1, but David currently holds the same title with the Miami Heat, who are cooperating with the investigation.

“Last week, we alerted federal law enforcement to suspicious financial transactions involving a former Kings employee, Jeff David,” the team said in an official statement. “That investigation is underway and on Monday, U.S. Department of Justice authorities began the formal process of recovering and seizing the properties involved in the investigation.

“We appreciate the swift action on behalf of the officials at the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California McGregor Scott as they work to complete this investigation and we will take all appropriate action once it is complete.”

Criminal charges have not yet been filed.

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Dwyane Wade has made it clear he won’t be playing in China next season.

While reports had swirled in late July that he had a three-year offer worth more than $25 million to play for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the CBA, the 12-time All-Star only plans to continue his NBA career with the Miami Heat.

“Heat only,” Wade told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform. If I don’t I’ll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably.”

Pat Riley and the Heat front office had been hoping for a mid-August decisionon whether or not Wade would be returning to the team, but he seems to be in no rush on coming to an agreement.

“When the decision needs to be made it will be made,” Wade said. “It’s different now. It’s not like we’re sitting down trying to figure out a $100M contract and I need to sign it by July 8th. So we have time.”

It only makes sense for the 36-year-old to finish out his career in “Wade County” as he was a different player after returning from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second half of last season.

While being a key reserve down the stretch, he rose to the occasion in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 16.6 points over five games, highlighted by a 28-point, vintage performance in a Game 2 win.

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside struggled to live up to the expectations of his expensive contract last season and speculation ran rampant that his relationship with head coach Erik Spoelstra was severely damaged.

However, despite murmur’s of Miami’s reported inability to trade Whiteside or his perceived broken relationship with the coach, Spoelstra claims that their supposed dispute is much ado about nothing.

“I have absolutely been in touch with Hassan,” Spoelstra said, according to the Palm Beach Post’s Tom D’Angelo.

“We’ve gotten together for lunch, in constant contact on the phone and in texts. Like many things in this league, it’s not what it seems on the outside. It’s pretty normal NBA life. I’m looking forward to the start of the season with a healthy Hassan. I know he’s looking forward to that. And we still have a good part of the summer to get better.”

This is positive news for anyone hoping Whiteside could redeem himself in the upcoming season after struggling to stay on the floor last season, playing his fewest minutes per game since joining the Heat in 2014.

If Miami is shopping Whiteside, it will be difficult to find a taker given that he has a difficult personality and is set to make north $52-million over the next two seasons. To make matters worse, he was borderline impossible to play in situations where he was forced to switch onto guards.

The market for centers has taken a massive hit, with Dwight HowardDeMarcus Cousins, and Brook Lopez taking minuscule contracts compared to their past earnings.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said Thursday he’d never make a move like Kevin Durant did to win a championship.

“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out, in my mind,” Garrett said of the former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors star to Ken Carman and Anthony Lima of 92.3 “The Fan.”

“It’s different when LeBron left. He went to (Miami to join) Wade and Bosh, but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. (James) had to jell and work things into place.”

Garrett’s opinion might be skewed by the fact that he plays in Cleveland, but his comments were scathing, nonetheless.

“If I were him, I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” he added. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”

Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was part of a Browns squad last year that went 0-16. He posted seven sacks in his rookie campaign.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley has changed his tune.

An introspective Riley told Ian Thomsen in the latter’s upcoming book, “The Soul of Basketball,” that LeBron James made the right call by choosing to return to Cleveland after his memorable four-year tour – which included two championships – through South Beach.

“While there may have been some carnage always left behind when he made these kinds of moves, in Cleveland and also in Miami, he did the right thing,” Riley told Thomsen, as relayed by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.

“I just finally came to accept the realization that he and his family said, ‘You’ll never, ever be accepted back in your hometown if you don’t go back to try to win a title. Otherwise someday you’ll go back there and have the scarlet letter on your back. You’ll be the greatest player in the history of mankind, but back there, nobody’s really going to accept you.'”

Having said that, Riley also admitted that he was initially furious when James ditched a dynastic team in Miami to start over in Cleveland.

“I had two to three days of tremendous anger. I was absolutely livid, which I expressed to myself and my closest friends,” Riley said. “My beautiful plan all of a sudden came crashing down. That team in ten years could have won five or six championships. But I get it. I get the whole chronicle of his life.”

Though Dwyane Wade had a public falling out with the Miami Heat over his contract demands when he was a free agent in the summer of 2016, he mended fences with the franchise – and its president, Pat Riley – shortly before being brought back to Miami in a Wade-approved deadline-day trade earlier this month.

Wade and Riley had already mostly smoothed things over, but it was a gesture Riley made last month, at a time of need for Wade, that facilitated the 36-year-old’s return to the team that drafted him. Henry Thomas – the longtime agent of Wade, Udonis Haslem, and various other Heat players over the years – died in late January. Riley went to Thomas’ funeral, and when he saw Wade, he gave him a hug.

“It sounds simple. But it’s like, sometimes, as a kid, you just need that embrace from your father,” Wade told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. “Him coming to my agent’s funeral, a very vulnerable time for myself and (Haslem), meant a lot to me. Just that warm embrace meant a lot to me as well. You know the business can get in the way. I understand that. I made the decision I made (to leave), but at the end of the day, I know that guy would run through a brick wall for me. And this organization would. It felt right. I think that had a big thing to do with this trade happening to bring me back at this time.”

Before signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016, and the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, Wade spent the first 13 years of his Hall of Fame career with the Heat. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, points, assists, steals, win shares, All-Star berths, and just about every other meaningful category.

“I was birthed here,” Wade told Lee.

“Going out to different teams, for me, was something personally, I needed to do,” he added. “But also you get to see you’re missing some things that helped you become the player you have been. The place you can get it back is here.”

Joaquin Oliver, 17, was excited about Dwyane Wade‘s return to the Miami Heat.

The veteran guard was traded back to South Beach, where he spent the first 13 years of his career, from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline.

But Oliver didn’t get a chance to enjoy the return of one of his favorite players, as the student-athlete at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was among the 17 killed in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. about a week later.

Oliver’s parents revealed he was buried Feb. 17 in his Wade jersey, which prompted an emotional tweet from the future Hall of Famer:

Wade tried to elaborate on his feelings Monday.

“You really can’t put that in words. You hurt for the family,” Wade told reporters, according to Jordan McPherson and Barry Jackson from The Miami Herald. “If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable. A story that his family and you guys can talk about.

“… It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that burying him in my jersey is something that he wanted. I take a lot of pride in what I’ve done in this state and what I’ve meant for the youth, so I appreciate that.”