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News » Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-06-30

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-06-30

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-06-30
--The Heat's path to homecourt advantage in a first-round playoff series will be tougher in light of the trades made by Eastern Conference teams. If the Heat doesn't have homecourt advantage in the first round it would be hard-pressed to win against the teams projected to be atop the East -- Boston, Orlando, Cleveland in the first tier, and maybe Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago in the second tier.

Miami couldn't win a Game 7 on the road in the playoffs last season. It lost a seven-game first-round series to Atlanta, which had homecourt advantage.

--Heat president Pat Riley is taking a wait-and-see approach with his team. It didn't have a first-round pick and it doesn't have any money to spend in free agency. Miami will probably see what it has during the first half of the season and, if necessary, make a move at the trade deadline. Riley said the timing wasn't right to delve into the trade market.

"Not right now," he said. "The only one I would have had real interest in probably would have been (F) Richard (Jefferson). Probably. But not right now. I think those kinds of trades in the future will be there again."

--The Heat isn't participating in a Summer League. Miami pulled out of the Orlando Summer League. It will have a rookie/free agent mini-camp in July. You can probably expect F Michael Beasley, G Mario Chalmers, G Daequan Cook and F Dorell Wright to participate along with the two draftees -- G Patrick Beverley and F Robert Dozier.

The Heat will be looking for help at backup point guard and center primarily. The way the Heat wants to construct its team would be with long, athletic players that have versatility. In other words it wants a "combo" guard, someone who plays point guard and shooting guard, and a forward who either plays both small forward and power forward, or plays power forward and center.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The trade I think helped a team the most is the one San Antonio made." -- Heat president Pat Riley on the Spurs acquiring F Richard Jefferson.

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