Heat Notes: Rookies, Green, Stoudemire

A pair of rookies were the talk of the team after a few days of Miami’s training camp, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes.

“I didn’t know a lot about [Josh Richardson],” Dwyane Wade said. “I like his poise, his ability to play the 1 and 2. He’s impressed me.” Chris Bosh was complimentary of the rookies as well. “[Both] rookies have impressed me. Justise Winslow is very smart. Josh plays under control, doesn’t make many bad decisions,”

Winslow is a lock to make the team and Richardson, who is one of 13 players out of 20 currently under contract with a fully guaranteed deal, appears to be a safe bet to make the opening night roster as well.

Here’s more out of Miami:

  • Goran Dragic advocated for the team to sign Gerald Green during the offseason and he is confident Miami will get productive minutes from the 29-year-old, Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post writes. “His ability to jump and shoot against anybody is going to be unbelievable, and on defense, he can improve a lot,” Dragic said. “He’s long and athletic and he’s gonna listen to the coaches.” Green and Dragic were teammates in Phoenix during the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns before Dragic was traded to the Heat.
  • The Heat are happy to have Amar’e Stoudemire aboard, but many of the players didn’t expect him to sign with the team in free agency, Lieser tweets. Stoudemire didn’t base his decision in free agency on money and Miami signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.5MM.

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