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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
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 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.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:37 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

At lease if the Heat sign him it will be easy for him to lose to the Lakers.  Bibby is used to it.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:28 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

What a dumbA$z Give up 6 million, you won't ever see 6 million a year ever again...Please go to the Heat Mike,you won't win a ring and you will lose 6 million next year..

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:26 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

  Bibby figured it was either retire or go to the Heat; as they are both about the same.  He won't be handling a basketball either way, just running a lot.  The Heat guards didn't have 0 assists against the Knicks because they are that bad; they had no assists because they never got the ball.  Does Wade even get the ball anymore?

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:25 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Bibby CAN SAY GOODBYE TO THAT 9.1 points and 3.6 assists in 29.4 minutes per game this season! 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! LOL
No he wont be able to do anything here either lets face it you got 3 superstars on the team and you want to blame the losses on the rest of the team what are they suppose to do hit 100 percent of there 3 shots to make up for your superstar going 1 for 18 from the field! Wow lets finally put the blame where it should go and that would be on the sub par super stars performances!  Kind of hard for a role player to make a difference when you have 3 ball hogs on the team already! JMHO

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:09 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Bibby may be an upgrade over Arroyo and Chalmers but, at this point in his career, he's only a slight upgrade. His defense is questionable, he doesn't get a lot of assists, and he is a career 38% 3-point shooter. Not exactly a game changer. His impact on Miami's offense would be minimal if it were even noticeable. Troy Murphy, on the other hand, could have a much bigger impact.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:49 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Bibby is washed up, over the hill. He couldn't guard a blind person. Why the Heat would want him is beyond me. If he's not good enough for Atlanta or Wash, what makes him good enough for Miami?

Stupid move, by Miami, and by Bibby for giving up 6.2M. He's got a set shot for a jumper and get drive by anyone!! Good luck.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:47 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

How so?  Please explain.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:32 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

It matters for the exacts reasons I very clearly spelled out. Maybe I should get crayons out? We are about to watch the owners lock out the players for an entire season. Will the league recover? I don't think so, but that's another conversation. Owners are hiding behind imaginary financial catastrophe, competitive balance and player manipulation of league rules as reasons for the lockout (the real reason is they stupidly and willingly spent too much, we're in a recession, and they want out of those bad contracts now). The owners will tell you that players are hijacking their teams and building "super teams" that are going to kill the league. So, how does trading for a player you never intended to keep help matters? They are aiding the construction of the very super teams they're fighting against, and they're doing it by manipulating the system. Is that clearer now?

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:04 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

The NBA is a joke of a league.  The commissioner is a retarded monkey in a clown suit.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:41 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

All perfectly legal, so I am not going to whine about it but I do think it is something that should be addressed in the next CBA.  I think if you trade for a player you should not be able to trade or release them for some period of time -- at least 30 days, but preferrably not until the offseason.  Additionally, no matter what, I do no think the team that traded a player should be able to resign the same player in the same season if he is bought out or released by the receiving team.  But, for now, the rules allow it if you are under the cap or one of the exceptions apply, so if you can make your team better go for it.

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