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Miami Heat has no major deals in the works -- South Florida Sun...

There are 58 comments on the SouthFlorida.com story from Jul 31, 2007, titled Miami Heat has no major deals in the works -- South Florida Sun.... In it, SouthFlorida.com reports that:

Heat fans anxious about the team's relatively quiet summer might still be feeling that way when training camp opens in October.

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LA woman

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Aug 1, 2007
At least have your facts correct. When only a few guys leave a team of 15 to other teams you would think you would know Kapono went to Toronto. Credibility is suspect.
Bali Dali

Hollywood, FL

#2 Aug 1, 2007
Disappointed big time...Pat said that the Heat was going to attack the Draft and free agency...Well if this is his idea of attacking...Lord, help us...
billy bob

Fort Pierce, FL

#3 Aug 1, 2007
PAT NEEDS TO TAKE A LONG LOOK AT MATT BARNES. HE HAS GREAT DEFENSE, GOOD THREE POINT SHOOTER ANS HE'S WUICK AND ATHLETIC. DON'T PASS HIM UP!!
Alex

Atlanta, GA

#4 Aug 1, 2007
Sign Pietrus!
still yawning

New York, NY

#5 Aug 1, 2007
If either Shaq or D-Wade get injured the Heat are lottery bound. Their bloated contracts have crippled making any meaningful off-season moves. Their old frontline will get torched this coming season. Riley must believe D-Wright becomes a T-Mac clone and Simeon turns into Wes Unseld to justify this big windup..and no pitch.
Von J

Jensen Beach, FL

#6 Aug 1, 2007
Kapono went to Toronto...I know, it's easy to forget.
Terry

West Union, OH

#7 Aug 1, 2007
Considering what Celtics gave for Garnett, one has to wonder why the Heat was not willing to package some of their players to obtain or at least get a shot at a Garnett
an off season of blah

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Aug 1, 2007
I think the Heat tried hard enough, but had no luck. I'm with 'still yawning' and hope wright and simeon step up
Hawaiian Heat

Kailua Kona, HI

#9 Aug 1, 2007
Only since Riley came to town has the Heat mattered. He even brought a championship to Miami, as promised. Who are we to question him or his actions? Could any of us do any better? Have faith in the man and let him do his job.
Triple Deuce

Portland, OR

#10 Aug 1, 2007
We're going nowhere. We got swept and have actually gotten worse, losing Kapono and probably Posey - perhaps getting something of small value out of Posey.

Shaq is beyond the horizon in his career, having less production in every season in every category since joining the Heat, and his future doesn't look like it will change direction, either.

Riley mortgaged the Heat's future in hopes of winning a championship and saving his own legacy. We got our championship, thanks to out-of-this-world play by Dwayne Wade, and I was ecstatic about that, as were all of us Heat fans.

But now we are paying the price: we are no longer a legitimate contender, 50 wins this year seems like a reach, we got swept in the first round last year and have not improved our personnel, our coach has decided he is so special that he doesn't need to commit to next year. Our only star player is recovering from serious surgery and will miss the first part of the season, while we all are praying that he is able to come back and play at superstar level, again.

But, gee, we all know what will happen, Shaq will tell us that the regular season doesn't count for all that much and he will just turn it up for the playoffs and everything will be OK.

Oh well, maybe Wane Simien will miraculously get healthy and further miraculously have a break-out year: lol.
Do something RIley

Dallas, TX

#11 Aug 1, 2007
This is very dissapointing. Did you see what Randy Pfund said about building the team and making a trade. The first thing he is worried about is Money. I know we have to deal with a CAP and we have Fat Shaq with his non deserving contract and Wade who deserves his but we are in a Big Market and should be able to spend a little more. Keep building a cheap team and you will get bounced in the 1st round again. You will loose a Million again per game (is that what Rileys said). This is becoming more and mroe a Jhon Henry team (97 Marlins).
TIFFY

United States

#12 Aug 1, 2007
I was never expecting something major. People seem to think we are in rebuilding the whole team mode when in reality we are just trying to tweak the roster we can't start over from scratch this is a win-now situation with Shaq's window closing. I am confident we will be fine it doesn't matter necessarily what role players we have the key to our success is the health of our starters.
Danny

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Aug 1, 2007
WE NEED TO TRADE POSEY TO THE WARRIORS FOR PIETRUS!! THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE IF WE DON'T MAKE THIS MOVE THEN I WILL SERIOUSLY START TO BELIEVE THAT WE'LL SUCK NEXT SEASON.
Shawn Cooper

Colorado Springs, CO

#14 Aug 1, 2007
These two quotes from Pfund kill me...

"We don't look at it like we have to make a major move," Pfund said. "We just continue to look for ways to improve the team."

"Pfund...then decides if it's better to hope for a breakout year from a low-cost player like with Kapono last season."

Don't they realize we have a small window for a championship with Shaq, maybe 1 or two seasons. We have most of the ingredients, so you would think the urgency would be to get that one athletic scorer type at the PG or SF position. How blatantly obvious is it that we need a 3rd scorer, actually 2nd scorer, to take off the pressure from D-wade. Until we do that we will not be back in the finals.

For the beginning hype and anger over being swept in the first round, this is a terrible off-season for the Heat.

Even worse, 9/11 was an inside job.

checkout www.wtc7.net , watch the collapse videos

Learn the truth...
dwaydemvp07

Winter Park, FL

#15 Aug 1, 2007
like the idea of Barnes more than Pietrus. Barnes got the D, the three point shot and can shoot free throw/ Pietrus not too bad but in a team like miami that is already bad at shooting free throws you cant afford another shaq like to it
dwaydemvp07

Winter Park, FL

#16 Aug 1, 2007
what about Corey Magette? last year he didnt see eye to eye with coach Donleavey so miami should at least think about that option at s/f mah man got madd athleticism if that what Heat lack over the years
dwaydemvp07

Winter Park, FL

#17 Aug 1, 2007
Do something RIley wrote:
This is very dissapointing. Did you see what Randy Pfund said about building the team and making a trade. The first thing he is worried about is Money. I know we have to deal with a CAP and we have Fat Shaq with his non deserving contract and Wade who deserves his but we are in a Big Market and should be able to spend a little more. Keep building a cheap team and you will get bounced in the 1st round again. You will loose a Million again per game (is that what Rileys said). This is becoming more and mroe a Jhon Henry team (97 Marlins).
good point there
dwaydemvp07

Winter Park, FL

#18 Aug 1, 2007
oh i take that back why even thinkin Magette when you can develop D Wright danmmm that doesnt cost you anything
Allen

Orlando, FL

#19 Aug 1, 2007
why do the heat worry about money so much- dont they make a lot of money each year- they have like the 3rd best ticket sales after the kings and lakers
Joe

Lake Worth, FL

#20 Aug 1, 2007
I'm thinking we'll see another small move or two before the season starts. Probably adding a SF like Posey, Barnes, Pietrus, or Patterson.

Also, I don't think what Pfund said about money has anything to do with being cheap and not wanting to spend money, but rather the reluctantance to add another big contract beyond the next few years because they want the cap and luxury tax flexibility. Next year Jwill and Doleac come off the books, followed by Walker the year after, and Shaq the year after that. So what they are weighing is whether they want to add another big salary now, when the free agent market was relatively weak this year, or in a few years when there are better players available. There is also legit chance this team can improve from within. Give Wright and Simien some playing time early in the year and see what you have. Dorrell showed some flashes last year when given playing time. If that doesn't work out, they still have some valuable chips that can be used during the year for a trade in the expiring deals of Williams and Doleac. That said, I wouldn't be shocked to see Riley make a major move at some point this summer. Sitting still has never really been his style.

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