Posted on: July 27, 2009 10:51 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2009 9:08 am
The Miami Heat's pursuit of free agent Lamar Odom has escalated in recent days. Now, reigning scoring champion Dwyane Wade reportedly will have a chance to close the deal in person.
Although Wade is dealing with forces beyond his control, he usually closes the deal.
Reporter Jim Hill of the CBS-TV affiliate in Los Angeles reports that Odom was scheduled to meet with Wade and Pat Riley on Monday in hopes of finalizing the talented sixth man's departure from the defending champion Lakers. This comes after Wade escalated his recruitment of Odom on his Twitter account over the weekend, urging Odom to "come back to where it started for both of us."
Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who personally closed the deal with free agent Ron Artest earlier this month, pulled his initial offer of three years and approximately $30 million off the table -- apparently in frustration over Odom's insistence on shopping the offer to other teams. Neither the Lakers nor Odom has closed the door on reigniting the talks, and some close to Odom still believe he prefers to re-sign with the Lakers. A face-to-face meeting with Riley and Wade will go a long way toward determining whether Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, are posturing for a better offer or serious about leaving Hollywood for South Beach, where Odom played the 2003-04 season when Wade was a rookie.
A resolution is expected by the end of the week, but there's no foolproof way to handicap Odom's destination. Clearly, there will be no home-team discount for the Lakers. But if Odom was so intent on leaving, wouldn't he have made a decision already? Riley and Wade are extremely persuasive, but will they be able to sell Odom on the idea that Miami is a better championship contender with Odom than the Lakers are?
I'm on record saying Odom would be better off staying in L.A., but it's not my money or my career. If Odom finally decides to return to the Lakers, all of this posturing and negotiating will be forgotten. In my opinion, he fits better on that team than he would anywhere else.
Posted on: May 3, 2009 5:56 pm
ATLANTA -- It was too early for Dwyane Wade to assess his future plans and those of his team after the Heat were knocked out in the first round with a 91-78 loss to the Hawks on Sunday. Suffice it to say he'll be weighing in with his opinion on what needs to be done to upgrade the talent around him when he meets with team president Pat Riley and owner Micky Arison this summer.
"Coach Riley and Mickey Arison make the decisions on this team, and I’ll leave it to them," Wade said. "Of course we have conversations throughout the summer. But at the end of the day, those guys make the decisions."
Wade, who led the Heat from a 15-win season to the playoffs in a year, will have a chance to rest for the first time in 12 months. It's been a long year, and the countdown now will begin to his impending free agency in July 2010, when he can decline a player option for the 2010-11 season.
"I started working out last year to get ready for the Olympics this week," Wade said. "So it’s been a year going strong. But it’s been a great year, from winning the gold medal and coming back this season and beating expectations of what people thought of me and my team."
If Game 7 was any indication, the Heat will need to add a significant piece to complement Wade if they expect him to be enticed to stay in Miami beyond next season. At one point on Sunday, Wade had about half the Heat's points. He would up with 31 of their 78. If he thinks he's tired now, just wait until after another season of that.
Posted on: December 18, 2008 10:47 am
It was just another day in Shawn Marion's trade rumor-driven world. That is, until he attended the team Christmas party at Pat Riley's house, where the latest trade rumor was televised on the news scroll of a popular, widely viewed entertainment and sports programming network.
Though a person with direct knowledge of the situation said Miami and Cleveland haven't held any trade discussions in months, reports of a possible deal sending Marion to Cleveland for Wally Szczerbiak and Anderson Varejao were nonetheless the talk of the party at Riley's house Tuesday night.
"What am I going to do? I'm going to sit there and panic every time somebody says something?" said Marion, whose $17.8 million expiring contract -- and 12.4-point scoring average -- will have him front-and-center of trade talk between now and the Feb. 19 deadline.