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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) drives against Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Dragic and Meyers Leonard have both decided to return to the Eastern Conference champions, each telling The Associated Press on Friday evening, Nov. 20, 2020, that they have agreed to accept Miami’s offer of two-year deals -- the second year is a team option on both contracts -- to remain with the Heat. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Goran Dragic, Meyers Leonard quickly agree on Heat returns

Nov. 20, 2020 6:12 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic has repeatedly said that he wants to finish his career in Miami. Meyers Leonard ended last season wanting a second run with the Heat. As such, their time as free agents didn’t last long. Dragic and Leonard have both decided to return to the reigning Eastern Conference...

Udonis Haslem returning to Heat for 18th season

Nov. 13, 2020 12:08 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem announced Friday that he’s returning for an 18th season with the Miami Heat, and left the door open for extending his career after that. Only five NBA players have spent a career of that length with one franchise. Dirk Nowitzki spent 21 years with Dallas, Kobe Bryant 20...

AP source: Heat hiring Caron Butler as assistant coach

Nov. 13, 2020 11:33 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Caron Butler is coming back to the Miami Heat, agreeing to begin his coaching career as an assistant on Erik Spoelstra’s staff. Butler and the Heat are in the process of finalizing his contract, according to the person who spoke to The...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Michigan head coach Juwan Howard reacts to a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Howard's 2021 class is rated No. 1 in the 247Sports composite. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Michigan's Juwan Howard lands top-rated recruiting class

Nov. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Juwan Howard's coaching acumen was never in doubt when he took over as Michigan's coach in 2019. He played 19 NBA seasons, winning two titles with Miami, and spent six seasons as a Heat assistant under Erik Spoelstra. He clearly knows the game. The biggest question in Howard's return to his alma mater was...

Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) shoots during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Riley talks Heat future, and plans for keeping core intact

Oct. 23, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pat Riley is always looking around for ways to make the Miami Heat better. This offseason has him wondering if that improvement might come from within. The Heat president said Friday that the top offseason priority of the Eastern Conference champions “is to take care of the players that...

The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA offseason begins, with 1 major question: Now what?

Oct. 12, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season’s first big development came with the Los Angeles Lakers on a long road trip, in a place with very restrictive rules. The season’s last big development came with the Lakers on a longer road trip, in a place with very restrictive rules. From China to...

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) goes up for a basket during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

After surprise run to NBA Finals, the Heat future is bright

Oct. 12, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic had their arms slung over the other’s shoulders as they walked out of the arena following the final game of Miami’s season, helping each other in the most painful of moments. That was the Heat way all year long. A bunch of strangers...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with his teammates after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

Oct. 12, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final...

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) looks to pass against Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green (14) and Alex Caruso (4) during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Butler loses last game in the bubble after memorable run

Oct. 11, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

Jimmy Butler finally has to take his business elsewhere. There will be no more coffee customers with the bubble closing down, though he kept it open far longer than expected with some of the most inspired NBA Finals play seen in years. Butler carried the Miami Heat all the way to Game 6 against the favored Los...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Miami Heat Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Analysis: LeBron James has done it again, and did it his way

Oct. 11, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — He went to Miami and became a champion. He went back to Cleveland and won another title. He went to Los Angeles and now the Lakers are back atop the basketball world. LeBron James, love him or hate him, is in his own category now. He has led three franchises to NBA titles,...