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Report: Heat, Thunder targeting sharpshooter Anthony Morrow

Jul 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

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LeBron James reportedly was frustrated that the Miami Heat amnestied floor-spacing shooter Mike Miller in a money saving move last summer. (Pat Riley can try to spin that however he wants, the move was to save money.)

Miami’s free agent search has turned to replacing that shooting with Anthony Morrow, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

But the Heat are not the only contenders looking at him.

Morrow shot 45.1 percent from three last season, he does that exceedingly well. He’s not going to give you much else, but the one thing he can give is something both Miami and Oklahoma City could use more consistently.

Oh, and he’s affordable, having made just $1 million last year.

Which goes back to one of the fun guessing games around the league: How much money does Pat Riley really have to spend? Early reports suggested a fair amount, but his actions are suggesting numbers not so grand.

Pat Riley is looking for bargains. Morrow is one. If the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer he could be another. Expect a few other players to slip through the cracks and Riley to grab them. But with the cap system and three stars earning eight digits each already (even if they take pay cuts) it’s going to be hard to bring in the Kyle Lowry/Pau Gasol kind of free agents.

Which of course leads to the “how does LeBron feel about that?” question.

  1. robigd - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    “Boozer to the Heat would guarantee them an NBA Championship”

    – Nobody ever.

  2. robigd - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    “Carlos Boozer is a great fit for the Heat”

    – Renee and Charles Boozer

  3. kb2408 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Looks like the Heatles will finally get a free agent to come there. But if I were him I’d go to the Thunder, they will have a better chance at a title than Miami will. What happened to all the “Riley’s a masterful recruiter” talk?

    • billtetley53 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Kb the west hollywood crossdresser:

      The lakers have: Sacre(who)? A rookie, a 37 year old kobe and an ancient Nash on their roster.
      They have no coach.

      Why are you standing so tall in your stilletos?

      The lakers will wind up filling the roster with d leauge players again.

      They will finish just out of the top 5, so their pick winds up with the suns.

      Why are you running your stupid mouth again? You always used to tell fans of non playoff teams not to talk. Why dont you heed your own advive, you drag queen?

    • cwilson6843 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Uhh the thunder won’t even make it out the west. You talk about Miami like kobe doesn’t just sit on the bench soaking up money. The only way yall get anyone good is if Kobe embraces a secondary role. Either that or wait for his retirement. Cantonbound….. the knicks the knicks the knicks lol. Yall can become good if yall tear down the building change the colors revamp the entire roster and change that stupid name. 2 fans of teams that didn’t make the playoffs talking about a team that’s been to the finals 4 years in a row? Imagine that. I’m not a fan of Miami. Just a fan of the nba and a fan of lbj. It’s sad people been watching basketball their entire lives. I started watching in 2003 and know more than you guys lol

      • seansull83 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        You know what’s worse than a fan of one team talking crap about another. A person that a quote “fan of the nba” and a fan of one player, not to mention a fan of one of the best players. You have no room to talk, you have zero credibility, and are just a bandwagoner. What a clown.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I heard Greg Ostertag is trying to make a comeback. He might be within Miami’s price range.

  5. ravenswhat - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    That heat team really is garbage outside of bron.

  6. azcards - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Kyle Lowry is already off the table for the heat. Pau is going to be the guy that gets Lebron back. If Lebron wade a bosh all go back to the heat, they will not win another title. Lebron needs and wants to move on, he just doesn’t want to hurt his friends feelings.

  7. unxpexted1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Now that is a reasonable get for the Heat not like all the fans have been claiming.

  8. balsagna - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    From Kyle Lowry and Gortat to Anthony Morrow and Carlos Boozer. That’s hilarious.

  9. muathjam21 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Simply put – Dwayne Wade is just not worth the money he’s gonna get. That’s what is screwing over the Heat. That contract was sentimentally derived, not performance based.

  10. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I hope lard head knows how to be thrifty. He’s going to doing his free agent shopping at Walmart.

    • mazblast - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      I was thinking Dollar General.

      • goraidersgospurs - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Try Dollar Tree!!!

  11. cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    No Lowry, no Gortat, soon to be no Ariza. Still trust in Riley bandwagon clowns? Maybe if he knew how to draft you wouldn’t be stuck persuing journeymen like Morrow.

    • balsagna - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      That’s what happens when you trade all your picks away to make a dream team. Four years later you’re left with a run down, old roster with no depth. I really, at this point, can not see any reason why Lebron would go back to Miami. I just can’t wait to see their fans turn on him. It’s already starting.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        Well technically, the fans opted out also. They’re very special in Miami.

      • seansull83 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Boston almost got stuck the same way, but the Nets bailed us out.

      • jarand140 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        I remember that the Heat played for the Championship. They came in second from a group of thirty. There are twenty eight teams worst then the Heat.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      If you have LeBron, Wade and Bosh you don’t really need anyone else. That team will represent the East regardless.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        That’s fine for the “Big 3” to represent the East but its obvious 2 of the last 4 Finals they played where they got destroyed, the “Big 3” ain’t enough. It’s about rings not representing a conference

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        You can’t win if you’re not in the Finals and if you can make it there you can win it.

        But you act like we’re talking about Melo, Stat and Chandler or Rose, Boozer and Noah. No, it’s LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. All of them have won multiple rings. They know exactly how to get it done.

      • kb2408 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        So, anti, that’s what it has come down to, “representing the East”?! I agree with the “real” cantonbound…Riley has gotten a lot of credit for really not doing much. As I have said many times before, Wade, LBJ and Bosh put the Heatles together not Riley. Riley was a great recruiter…a decade ago.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        It all comes down to getting to the Finals so you have a chance to win it all. That’s all anyone can ask for.

        No one can guarantee a ring – but if you can guarantee a finals visit that’s almost as good – and Miami can just about do that by locking up their Big 3.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Is that what it’s come to? You’re just happy making the Finals? So sad.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        I’m happy if they put themselves in a position to win another ring, and that’s what making the Finals does.

        They had a very bad team in 2011 and were up 2-1 in that series. Chemistry doomed them.

        If the Heat can put together a team with better chemistry they don’t have to be loaded with expensive talent besides the Big 3.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Big 3??? When did Duncan, Ginobili & Parker join the Heat?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Parker is part of a Big 3? He played much worse than Wade in the regular season AND in the playoffs.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Did you actually watch the Finals?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Yes, was Parker blowing you away in the Finals with his 15.6 PER? He did have a better Finals series than Wade, but overall Dwyane had a superior playoffs and regular season.

        It was a down year for Parker. He played a lot worse than Wade overall. They’re the same age but no one is talking about TP being done.

      • HotHotHeat - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        @dablakdrphil – did you even watch the 2011 Finals? Heat were up 2-1 and lost by 3 in game 4. Far from destroyed. Against the Spurs was a different story.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Oh look a Heat fan

        Yeah I watched the 2011 Finals and when they went up 2-1 they got killed 3 games in a row. It was that 1st year together everyone was jumping on the heat bandwagon automatically saying the Heat will win the championship. We all saw how that went @HOTHOTHEAT whatever the hell your name is

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Well that’s the point. Even when Miami is at their worst, they were still good enough to go up 2-1 in the Finals, or good enough to steal home court advantage away from the Spurs.

        But it should go without saying that if your team has talent like LeBron, Wade and Bosh in the Finals, then they will have a good chance of winning the series – probably why they have won 2 of the last 3.

      • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Riley still is a great recruiter, that doesn’t mean he has a chance when teams are grossly overpaying certain players.

        Lakers fans of all people, should have nothing to say about recruiting efforts. When’s the last time they landed a major free agent, 1996? Just last year their prize acquisition left town, even after they launched a campaign to keep him. Don’t you remember #stayd12?

        Cantonbound, the Knicks would love to be in the Heat’s shoes. They aren’t happy just making the Finals, but since the Heat have been to the Finals five times since the last time the Knicks were there, maybe they’re doing something right. The reason why you and kb are bitter is because you know that even with modest additions like a Morrow, Rush, or Frye the Heat will be back in championship contention. Despite their poor showing in this year’s Finals, the Heat don’t need a lot to get back to the top of the mountain and both of you know it.

      • seansull83 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        They aren’t guaranteed the east though. 2012 they went to 7 facing pretty much Rondo, and whatever left pierce and Garnett had. And it came down to a flagrant when Wade raked Rondo’s face that gave them the win in game 6 pushing game 7. Funny how people are so quick to talk how the Heat are so good after the fact but forget the actual series that got them there.

        Y’all are repeating the same failed experiment in Boston. Eventually age catches up and when you are forced into signing Rasheed Wallace or Kieth Bogans expecting to go deep, you are fooling yourself.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Well there are no guarantees in life. But Miami representing the east in the finals is about the closest anyone can get to a guarantee in sports.

        It would be hypocritical for everyone to continually trash the East as being ridiculously weak, then come back and try to argue that the team that won that conference 4 years in a row, with all sorts of different personnel (good and bad), couldn’t do it again.

  12. antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM


  13. timcast12 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Not if the Bulls get Melo. I’m sure the Bulls have a greater shot of going to the Finals

    • jarand140 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      The Bulls are looking over seas to build their team, Melo will not be joining them. They have the next Tony Kokuick in their sights.

  14. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    First and foremost The Bulls need Derrick Rose to be Derrick Rose.

  15. drewzducks - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    By next week we’ll be reading the headline “Heat targeting Matt Geiger”.

  16. norcalsportsknowledge - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    If Dubs trade Klay in Love deal then I’d like to see Morrow and Rush back and if they don’t get Love, I see them getting Frye. (Iguodola’s old teammate and Kerr knows his game)

  17. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

  18. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I am pretty sure that these free agents watched the finals. That would explain why they’re avoiding the Heat like the plague.

    • jarand140 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Monies, they all can count.

  19. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Pat Riley is all excited because he is going to be talking to a free agent. So he wakes up in the morning and sticks his head into his bucket of lard. He sticks his head in the bucket a second time because he wants to look pretty for the free agent. The free agent enters the room and Pat says “how would you like to sign for 1/4 of what your worth to play with Lebron and contend for a championship?” The free agent says “last time I checked Lebron was still a free agent. And what’s with all that lard on your head?” The free agent leaves signs with another team and Riley goes shopping on Amazon for a fresh bucket of lard.

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