Sunday, July 8, 2007

Mo Williams in Miami, Spoelstra, and Summer League

Here's some news on the night before the Heat begins play in the Orlando summer league -

Mo Williams toured the AAA and had dinner with Pat Riley last night. It's been reported several times over the past week that the Heat have been talking to William's agent about the possibility of him joining the Heat, but this is the first sign that Williams may be seriously considering coming to Miami.

The Bucks have reportedly offered Williams 40 mil over 5 or 6 years. The most the Heat can offer is it's mid level exception. Williams would be leaving about 10 mil on table if he decided to play for the Heat (unless we can pull off a sign and trade).

He'd look great in a Heat uniform. I'm not gonna get excited just yet though.

Also, the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman has written a good article about Erik Spoelstra, the man whom many believe will succeed Pat Riley as coach.

Finally, the Heat will begin playing in the Orlando Summer league tommorow.

Here's the Heat roster -

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Last Team/College
50 Joel Anthony C 6-9 240 8/9/1982 UNLV
14 Daequan Cook G 6-5 210 4/28/1987 Ohio State
54 John Edwards C 7-0 265 7/31/1981 Kent State
15 Vincent Grier G 6-4 210 3/14/1983 Minnesota
10 Junior Harrington G 6-4 190 10/2/1980 Wingate (Div. II)
40 Ekene Ibekwe F 6-9 220 7/19/1985 Maryland
21 Dontell Jefferson G 6-5 190 12/15/1983 Arkansas
20 Trey Johnson G 6-5 218 8/30/1984 Jackson State
52 James Lang C 6-10 305 10/17/1983 Cen. Park Christ. (HS)
30 Renaldo Major F 6-7 190 5/7/1982 Fresno State
31 Cartier Martin F 6-7 230 11/20/1984 Kansas State
22 Dwayne Mitchell G 6-3 204 8/24/1982 Louisiana (Lafayette)
32 Larry Owens F 6-7 210 1/8/1983 Oral Roberts
11 Chris Quinn G 6-2 175 9/27/1983 Notre Dame
5 Jeremy Richardson G 6-7 190 3/1/1984 Delta State
44 Marcus Slaughter F 6-8 223 3/18/1985 San Diego State
23 Dewarick Spencer G 6-4 185 5/4/1982 Arkansas State
24 Levi Stukes G 6-2 205 11/18/1984 Georgia
41 Anthony Tolliver F 6-9 245 6/1/1985 Creighton

Missing from the roster is Wayne Simien, who will miss summer league for the second year in a row. He injured his knee while practicing and will miss 4-6 weeks. The poor guy has had terrible luck over the last year (when was the last time you heard of a professional athlete missing almost an entire season as a result of a salmonella infection?)

The schedule for all the games can be found here.

Unfortunately, the Orlando Summer League games will not be on NBA TV. However, you can watch the games at (hopefully it will be watchable online).

I'm looking forward to seeing how Daequan Cook looks.

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