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The Answer? No Thanks.

If Allen Iverson is truly awaiting a counter offer from the Heat, The Answer should probably expect a four- Iverson-badDetroit word response from Miami president Pat Riley: Thanks. But no thanks.

League sources with knowledge of the Heat's thinking at this point suggested Friday that Riley has essentially abandoned any thought of addressing his lack of point guard depth through free agency.

With the Heat already about $3 million above the league's dollar-for-dollar luxury tax threshold of $69.9 million, any significant additions Miami might make to the roster would presumably come through a potential trades or sign-and-trade deals.

What that likely means is that Riley will pass on available playmakers such as Iverson, Jamaal Tinsley, Flip Murray or anyone who'd command more than the league-subsidized vet's minimum on a 1-year deal.

The Heat has expressed varying levels of interest in Iverson, Tinsley and Murray throughout the offseason. Riley even went as far as to inform Iverson's camp to hit up the Heat before the 10-time All-Star and former MVP decided to accept another offer.

A source close to Iverson confirmed that the Grizzlies have a standing offer, which reportedly is a one-year deal for the $3.5 million Memphis has left under the salary cap. Iverson's camp complied with Riley's request to get back to the Heat with Memphis' figures and is awaiting a response. Charlotte, reportedly, is also in the mix. But the math just doesn't make sense as far as Miami is concerned.

The $3.5 million Memphis has offered equates to just that: $3.5 million. That's how finances work for the very few teams out there that are below the $57.7 million salary cap. 

Should Charlotte decide to match Memphis' offer, the $3.5 million or more chunk it would eat out of the Bobcat's mid-level exception would equate to just that. That's how finances work for team's that operate above the salary cap but below the punitive luxury tax.

Dorell-Wright And then there's Miami, where $3.5 million for Iverson would equate to $7 million, where even $1.5 million for Murray means $3 million on the expense account. We all know Miami has a tropical climate. But when you're making it rain to the tune of $23 million for Jermaine O'Neal and almost $3 million for Dorell Wright this season - eating up nearly half the salary cap right there alone - spending flexibility gets drenched.

That means the $5.9 million ($12 mil in actual cost) mid-level exception and the $2 million ($4 million) veteran's exception available at Miami's disposal probably won't get touched. And maybe not even the two trade exceptions ($4.2 mil and $800K) that have been available.

Money matters meant having to make a sort of mind-boggling move this week. The Heat shipped $1.5 million and a second-round draft picks to the Lakers to acquire Pat Beverley on draft night. But Miami then saved $1 million this week by not signing Beverley and allowing him to instead sign with a Greek team for this season. 

Miami is no longer in the business of doing business straight up this summer. There can only be addition by subtraction. In theory, that brings Utah (Boozer), Portland (Blake, Bayless), the L.A. Clippers (Camby), New Jersey (Alston, Dooling) and a few other overstocked potential partners back into the mix.

Or maybe - just maybe - Miami goes into training camp Sept. 28 as is. Without The Answer or an obvious solution to its point guard depth issues.

Beasley update: Sources also confirmed Friday that forward Micheal Beasley moved from an out-patient to a more stringent in-patient program because of a violation of rules. Beasley remains in a Houston substance-abuse facility for treatment that was initially prompted by a violation during last summer's NBA rookie transition program. Beasley is still expected back for training camp, barring an additional setback. 

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I think we all knew that AI coming to Miami was a slim chance at best. I would be OK with it, if it happened though.

Steve Blake, Rafer Alston, Keyon Dooling all sound like nice additions.

Why didn't Chalmers have to go to the Houston center like Beasley? There seems to be more to the story than is being reported.

"Sources also confirmed Friday that forward Micheal Beasley moved from an out-patient to a more stringent in-patient program because of a violation of rules." ---Still doesn't get the picture, does he? Heck, even my 6 year old son knows to act better than this, so don't give me the 'he's too young BS'. He's old enough to make a couple of million dollars a year, so GROW THE F**K UP!!

So let me get this straight, we bring in Quentin Richardson, which caused us to go another 1.5 million into luxury tax territory, but we are not willing to spend 3.5 million on Iverson? I don't care how old Iverson is, he is much better than Richardson, and Iverson happens to play a position the Heat are desperately thin at. On top of that, as a season ticket holder for a team with no championship aspirations this year, I at least could have got to watch 2 of the most exciting players to play in the league over the past 20 years (Wade/Iverson). It really pisses to me off to hear all this fear of the luxury tax talk from Mickey Arinson, who happens to be one the richest owners in sports. People like Marc Cuban and Jerry Buss have nowhere near as much money as Arinson and those owners are blowing right through the luxury tax threshold. This is a slap in the face to the fans of this team. As far as Beasley, I agree with the comment above. We are not hearing the entire story with Beasley since Chalmers has not had to go to any treatment center this summer and he was with Beasley during the pot bust at the rookie camp. Obviously, the only explanation is Beasley had a 2nd drug offense but nobody will come out and say it for privacy rights concerns.

Cut Beasley, Quinn and Wright, the 3 worst souls to ever put on a Heat uniform and money wont be an issue!

justin, if beasley failed a test or had another incident during the season he would be suspended. The fact is Chalmers and the other Jayhawk had to redo the Rookie Training meanwhile Beasley had to go to Houston for his punishment, you understand now.

what if we sign A.I and trade him together with MAGLOIRE, JONES, & QUINN for (MEMPHIS) GASOL,MARC & MAYO,OJ..... we sign FLIP MURRAY for minimum vet....... then we pursue to trade HASLEM, DIWARA, & COOK for (PORTLAND) ALDRIDGE,L. & OUTLAW,T. to complete, we also sign young back-up center (NUGGETS) JOHN PETRO.......... MR. WADE would be HAPPY for the upgrade..... GO HEAT!!!!!

LINE-UP WOULD:

SG WADE / Q-RICH

PG MAYO / CHALMERS / MURRAY

SF BEASLEY / OUTLAW / WRIGHT

PF O'NEAL,J. / ALDRIDGE

C GASOL,M. / PETRO / ANTHONY,J.


WE ARE CONTENDER NOW ON THE EAST... GODBLESS THE HEAT!!! HEY, PAT LET'S DO THIS!!!

why stop there? why not trade jermaine o'neal for lebron?

hahaha, some of you guys are completely retarded

justin, if beasley failed a test or had another incident during the season he would be suspended. The fact is Chalmers and the other Jayhawk had to redo the Rookie Training meanwhile Beasley had to go to Houston for his punishment, you understand now.

Posted by: hotleo20 | August 28, 2009 at 06:04 PM

Not true. A player gets suspended (for 5 games) after their 3rd offense, not their 2nd. There is no suspension for 2 marijuana violations in the NBA.

Have to agree with earlier poster. Why pay For QR when we have Dorrell, Cook and Jones already? We have the potential to sign a player who is instantly good for 15+ a night for the same amount in a position we need and Pat decides to pass.

Thats just Pat being Pat. Sometimes he's brilliant and sometimes he outthinks himself.

...Or maybe DWade doesn't want to play with the answer.

Please, no more post predicting the starting 5 for the Heat in which Beasley is in it much less as a SF... The kid is not an SF. He is barely a PF. He has talent on offense. But he has terrible shot selection at times and decision making. He plays ZERO! defense and he would get smoked, well should I say murdered instead by guys like Kobe, Lebron and Carmelo at that position. Beasley will play PF and do so off the bench because we already have a quality PF in UD.Beasley is a bust time to face it people!

MW - "If Allen Iverson is truly awaiting a counter offer from the Heat, The Answer should probably expect a four- Iverson-badDetroit word response from Miami president Pat Riley: Thanks. But no thanks."

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It's a sad statement about a once-great player & still prolific scorer that no team seriously focused on winning sees an answer in The Answer. Yet.

Pat Riley and Larry Brown have the utmost respect for Iverson -- as they should. Still, neither will risk luxury taxes for an ex-MVP who, not so distantly, could once name his price and choose among bidders. If AI can burn Joe Dumars -- a BIG Iverson fan before he signed him -- he burn can burn ANYONE.

Of course, if Iverson REALLY wanted to "win," he could end his purgatory yesterday, i.e. "No offer is too low. No role too small. I'll play for the minimum. I just wanna win. And I MEAN it."

Truer words never spoken. By AI. Until he does. So prove EVERYONE wrong Answerman.

You've earned $132 MILLION in salary [ www.bit.ly/9JtjW ]. Isn't it WAY PAST TIME to earn a different, more lasting kind of "respect?"

"Why didn't Chalmers have to go to the Houston center like Beasley? There seems to be more to the story than is being reported."

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Chalmers and Arthur were caught with and confesses to unauthorized possession of a female substance ...

... while Beasley hid in the bathroom (allegedly) flushing his stash... and then denied it.

"were caught with and [confessed] to"

"If AI can burn Joe Dumars -- a BIG Iverson fan before he [acquired] him --"

And another thing.

This *thing* about Flip?

Flip it off. Kay?

Think Larry The Leper Hughes.

Then remember Murray is a LESSER version of Hughes.

Hughes (career), FG%-41%, 3PT%-31%, PER-15.2, Touches(Usg%)-24.1%.

Murray (career), FG%-41%, 3PT%-30%, PER-12.9, Touches(Usg%)-23.5%.

The Heat are better off betting Daequan will improve because Daequan AS-IS costs FAR less in touches for almost the same amount of production (per min.) vs. Ronald Flipping Bricks Murray.

(all player data from basketball-reference.com)

justin, if beasley failed a test or had another incident during the season he would be suspended. The fact is Chalmers and the other Jayhawk had to redo the Rookie Training meanwhile Beasley had to go to Houston for his punishment, you understand now.

Posted by: hotleo20 | August 28, 2009 at 06:04 PM

Not true. A player gets suspended (for 5 games) after their 3rd offense, not their 2nd. There is no suspension for 2 marijuana violations in the NBA.

Posted by: justin | August 29, 2009 at 01:29 AM

ok read between the lines justin, if beasley had a third incident with a control substance automatic suspension right. ok his first was at the rookie training session, second was after the picture was posted, the nba sent him to rehab. do you understand now.

"Why didn't Chalmers have to go to the Houston center like Beasley? There seems to be more to the story than is being reported."

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Chalmers and Arthur were caught with and confesses to unauthorized possession of a female substance ...

... while Beasley hid in the bathroom (allegedly) flushing his stash... and then denied it.

Posted by: heatstroked | August 29, 2009 at 02:11 PM

ok smart guy, both chalmers and arthur had to do their training all over again this summer. why guys are so clueless, i give up.

Well, if Mr. Arison (no extra "n") doesn't want to fork out more cash for AI, I guess that's his prerogative, but I can't believe that a backcourt with Wade and AI wouldn't sell a boat load (no pun intended) of tickets.
I know TNT and ESPN would certainly cover more Heat games if these two were partnered up. But alas, if it's not meant to be, then I hope the Heat sign Stevey Blake or Bobby Jackson and just get ready for the season.

i stopped reading michaELbustbeasley when he said UD is a quality player.A quality bench player yes,a quality starter?hahahahaha get the f... out of here kid.Even as haslem getting more minutes than beasley was still less productive and dont even bring the defense because while beasley wasnt average defensively,haslem a veteran was also getting smoked defensively.If you want to give beasley value and then trade him for another quality player,he should be a starter.A 6th man in this league can net you another 6th man not a starter so get your hating brain right

Former Gator Percy Harvin talks Favre, Tebow, NFL and drug tests with Evan Cohen on ESPN 760

http://espn760.com/audiovault/evan_cohen.php

"ok smart guy, both chalmers and arthur had to do their training all over again this summer."

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I dunno about smart. But I know I ain't sucking Beasley's tailpipe. Like a certain "HotLeo".

Hey Geeeneeeus.

Chalmers *AIN'T* in Houston where Beasley is currently undergoing substance-related counseling in an "outpatient program". Rio *WAS* and may still be "chilling" in Alaska where he spoke with DIME mag as recently as THIS week [ www.bit.ly/EGar5 ].

Next, the NBA Rookie Transition Program ran from August 10-12 in upstate *NEW YORK* earlier this month [ www.bit.ly/JXL6J ].

Got that?


"why guys are so clueless, i give up."

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So give it up. Your clueless imitation of SUPERCLUELESSBEAS is so on it's scary.

Corrected link for story on NBA Rookie Transition Program -> www.bit.ly/TeSh4

Iverson is still one of the top ten players in the league and will be in the top ten in scoring, assists, and steals if he gets the minutes next year.

Not signing him and giving him major minutes is insanity.

All the negative stuff about him is just crap.

This is a joke. This team desperately need's scoring but you don't want to sign AI. Wade will walk next year

As for Beasley, a source familiar with the situation confirmed that a misstep by the 20-year-old forward while participating in an outpatient program resulted in more stringent guidelines being established.

The source said the lapse was not related to drug use but rather adherence to program rules. The current stay is not voluntary, but is his only avenue for a return to play.


It was learned earlier this week, however, that Beasley was entered into the program for an infraction during last year's NBA rookie symposium.


http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090829/BREAKING02/90829008/-1/rss01?source=rss_breaking

all you beasley bashers; get a life and support the biggest investment in franchise history.

Why did Michael Beasley send alarming ``Tweets'' recently, including, ``Feelin like it's not worth livin''? Because Beasley was angry about being transferred from the outpatient to the inpatient program at the Houston facility where he's required to spend time because he's in the NBA substance-abuse program after last summer's incident involving marijuana at the rookie symposium. Beasley was transferred because he violated the rules involving conduct and interaction with others while in the program (not because of drug use).


stop bashing the kid and learn the facts

Beasley will be back on the team, and will be an excellent sf. Yes, he may not be a great defender of speedy sf's, but his offensive game will be so dominant, as will his rebounding from the 3, that the trade-off involved is stacked way in the Heat's favor. There is nothing about his play at pf that would make him dominant, except that when he moves out a bit, he's like a big sf that slow pf's can't stop. All the people that are saying he doesn't belong at sf are mistaken, badly mistaken, and a lot of experts and other coaches agree. i wish we had Boozer instead of Haslem to seal that deal. I'm hoping we can get a point guard soon. Rio is an nba backup, not starter material unless he csn make huge improvement in that area, unlikely. Pat, please make some trades soon that will make sense for us. You can do it if you want to!

i think beaz should be the starting power forward, and udonis can come in as an "energizer" off the bench. beazy's defense did show vast improvement last season, but i am guessing he will be in foul trouble often enough that udonis will see plenty of minutes as a back-up.

and all of you beasley and udonis bashers can post all of the fake-trades you want. but i am gonna root for the team we;ve got.

go heat!

Beasley will DESTROY opposing 3's, in every way
but defensively. He will be SO dominant it will not matter that his defense is flawed. He could
NEVER be that dominant at PF. he will get into
less foul trouble at SF. All of you who say he
is not a sf, he belongs at pf are MISTAKEN. He has all the instincts of a sf, few of a PF. Whenhe played so well in Haslem's absence, he did it with the moves of a SF. He did not post-up, he did not back his man in, he did not pound for rebounds. He shot facing the basket, he flew in for rebounds, he drove to basket from outer circle. OBSERVE!!!!!

PAT RILEY HAS TO GO!!!! Shameful that we didnt get better at PG position...

trade proposal:
this could benefit on both teams...

miami heat: O'NEAL,J. / JAMES JONES / QUINN / DAEQUAN COOK & MAGLOIRE....


to golden state warriors:

STEPHEN JACKSON / BIEDRINS / ELLIS / MORROW / ANTHONY RANDOLPH....

it's a fair deal since (warriors) want to have cap space on AMARE for 2010 free agency also JACKSON want to be traded & ELLIS has conflict on positions to CURRY....

ITS A GOOD DEAL RIGHT....

Trade everyone for me (:

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