Heat Notes: Beasley, Mason, Riley

January 5 at 6:11pm CDT By Zach Links

Former Heat big man Kurt Thomas is considering an NBA return, but it won’t be with the club he played for more than any other.  The veteran’s agent says that he won’t play for the Knicks as he wants to play for a team with a “legitimate” chance of winning the title.  Ouch.  Here’s the latest from South Beach..

  • The Heat‘s reclamation projects continue to pay off, writes Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report.  Michael Beasley, Chris Andersen and Roger Mason Jr. have all contributed off of the bench and Greg Oden could provide another major boost when he returns.
  • The contract guarantee deadline is Tuesday, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke confidently about Mason being on the roster for the rest of the season, writes Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel. “We don’t take him for granted or other players like that off the bench,” Spoelstra said. “Roger, now, is gaining more confidence each game that he plays with our system. Those kind of guys are hard to find. They really are. To be able to sacrifice, to understand the big picture, to be available when we need him and to be able to produce and not be cluttered in the mind, I think a lot of teams would like to have a guy like him or some of the other guys we have.
  • Drew Voros of Index Universe spoke with Heat president Pat Riley about his methods for success in a wide-ranging interview.
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