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Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:48 pm
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The Washington Wizards have reportedly bought out point guard Mike Bibby and he could be headed to the Miami Heat. Posted by Ben Golliver. mike-bibby-wash

Last week, the Washington Wizards traded point guard Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks in a five-player deal that brought back point guard veteran Mike Bibby. Monday morning, we noted that the Wizards were getting close to buying out Bibby.

Monday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com both reported that the Wizards completed their buyout of Bibby. Yahoo! Sports reported that the agreement included a big-time concession from Bibby: "Guard Mike Bibby agreed to give up entire $6.2 million salary for the '11-'12 season to get buyout with Wiz to play for winner, source says."

The Washington Post reported that "Portland, Miami, Boston, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly Denver are believed to have interest" in signing Bibby once he clears waivers.

Sam Amick reports, however, that the Heat are the leader in the clubhouse. 
Mike Bibby, who will reportedly reach a buyout with Wash. and give back more than $6 million for next season, intends to sign with Miami. He has to clear waivers first and there's the standard disclaimer that something could go awry, but his intent is to join the Heat. For protocol's sake, I obviously have a source. Just ran out of characters. In case that wasn't clear.
Bibby is a playoff-tested point guard who is averaging 9.1 points and 3.6 assists in 29.4 minutes per game this season. While he's no spring chicken, he's an upgrade over Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo, Miami's two current options at the point. 

The Palm Beach Post says the Heat should make a run at Bibby.
He’d start here immediately. And his brother-in-law, Eddie House, is on the team. He’s not close to what he was as a defender, and his assist totals have been modest the past few seasons. But he was shooting a career-high 44 percent from three. He’s played in plenty of close and critical games, first with Sacramento and then with Atlanta. And, as was evident late in the loss to the Knicks (when New York could leave it to Chauncey Billups to take control), the Heat desperately needs another cool hand on the floor with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, both of whom tend to force the action.
While this could turn out to be a great get for the Heat, the trade and buyout is already a definite positive for the Wizards, who were quietly one of the big winners of the trade deadline. Not only did they get out of Hinrich's $9 million contract this year and $8 million contract next year, they reportedly save $6.2 million of future money to Bibby, got a young prospect in Jordan Crawford and added a draft pick too. For a team that needs maximum flexibility and youth so it can build around franchise point guard John Wall, that's a pretty nice haul.
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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

If people really think he's an upgrade over Chalmers they must be living in 2001.  Chalmers is better at both ends of the court than Bibby.  He's done.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Now he's free to scamper off to Miami with the rest of the vultures chasing rings. Perfect.
I hear you.  Professional athletes trying to win championships.  The nerve!!



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Troy Murphy, on the other hand, could have a much bigger impact.
Agreed.  That's seemed like the most logical fit for any of the buyout guys since the trade deadline moves happened. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

He now thinks he going to play for the Heat but he's slow and old and wont be able to keep up with anyone on defence why do you think 2 teams wanted to get rid of him!
Sounds like you just described the point guard for the Lakers, and they'd done pretty well with a guy with serious liabilities who happens to be steady under pressure.  The Heat need more players like that.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Nice post, Wronskian.



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Do the Heat really need a washed up pg? I understand them going after Troy Murphy, they need some help on the boards, but what the hell is Bibby going to bring to the team? He is not a very good pg and that is probably the reason he has been tossed around since he came into the league. Mike Bibby you are not Lebron or Bosh who cares if you give up your salary, you are going to need that when you get cut by next year and our out of a job!



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

1997 NCAA Champs University of Arizona.  At guard, Mike Bibby.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

He wants to play for a winner.  But he's never been a winner himself.




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Why not,so when they don't win they can blame the team!
Trust me bibby is nice but doesn't fit that team.




Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

You got 2 ball dominant hogs in Dwade and LeBron. Good luck touching the ball enough to actually do something. He's basically gonna be a spot up shooter like everybody else on that team.


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