The hot topic on Sunday around the NBA is that apparently there are a few teams questioning whether or not there were any ‘tampering' issues when the Heat signed their big trio. By the end of the day though, the issue had been downplayed enough that nobody should be concerned.
I think the problem was when commissioner David Stern said that he would investigate the Heat to see if any illegal tampering acts took place, but only if/when either Cleveland or Toronto ask him to. According to ESPN, both teams are not planning to make that request at this time. Even if they did, I highly doubt anything illegal went down.
The subject is surely to come up during an NBA owners meeting set to take place today. Heat VP Nick Arison is going to represent owner (and his dad) Micky Arison at the meeting. I'm sure Big Nick is ready to handle whatever some bitter owners may throw his way.
Another very serviceable player made it known that he'd take a pay cut to join the movement in Miami. While speaking on NBA TV, free agent Jerry Stackhouse said that he would be willing to play for the veterans minimum if the Heat would consider signing him.
Playing at the tail end of his career, Stackhouse wants to win an NBA championship before retiring. He could be thinking that the 2010-11 season will be his last, and if that's the case then making such a public claim doesn't seem all that crazy. Last year with Milwaukee he played pretty well in a reserve role.
In 42 games, Stackhouse averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20+ minutes a game. He shot 41% from the field, 34% from downtown and 80% from the charity stripe. Considering that he's basically put his cards on the table and told the Heat he'll do everything they need if they will sign him, its hard to imagine that Riley wouldn't seriously consider making an offer to Stackhouse.
One thing that came out today that Heat fans didn't like was that the Dallas Mavericks have made an offer to free agent Udonis Haslem. 3-years $20 million to back up Dirk Nowitzki and compete to get out of the 2nd round in the Western Conference. How much does the money mean to Udonis?
I can't blame him for leaving if it's a significant difference then what the Heat can give him, but I don't think it will be the case. Pat Riley said on Friday that he was very happy about the offer Miami was going to make to Udonis, and hopefully he still feels that way after seeing how much he is going for on the open market.
SUMMER LEAGUE UPDATE
Last night the Heat kicked off their 2010 Summer League schedule with a 77-72 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Leading the way for the Heat was undrafted signee Kenny Hasbrouck, who had 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Power forward Shavlik Randolph had 18 points and 6 boards but the story of the night came from another undrafted signing, Jon Scheyer.
The former Duke standout hit a big trey in the final minute that brought the Heat from down by 1 to up by 2, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Scheyer also hit a pair of free throws to heap seal the win. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the summer league and into training camp because if his college game can translate to the NBA he could be a real asset to the Heat.
Someone who did not play very well was Dexter Pittman. The 300lb center scored 5 points on 0-for-4 shooting (5-of-8 from the foul line), with just 3 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Jarvas Varnado, drafted along with Pittman in 2010, went 2-for-2 from both the field and the foul line, scoring 6 points and blocking 2 shots in 19 minutes.
Next game for the Heat will be Tuesday night at 10:30 against Golden State.