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vasan
09-22-2005, 09:03 AM
World is abuzz with the latest gossip: The Glove is seriously considering hopping over to Miami for another run at the Ring.. :ee: Shaq and Wade are welcoming him too.. :P :P

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Payton, Heat close to finalizing deal

Associated Press via Fox Sports
Posted: 3 hours ago

MIAMI (AP) - Gary Payton's quest for an NBA championship will apparently continue in Miami. The nine-time All-Star guard is on the verge of signing a one-year free agent deal with the Heat, a move that could be formally announced as early as Thursday.

Payton's agent, Aaron Goodwin, said he will be in Miami on Thursday to continue his ongoing dialogue with Heat president Pat Riley and other team officials. Although Miami has its entire $5 million mid-level exception available, the team could land Payton for as little as the veteran's minimum of about $1.1 million.

"I met with Pat this past weekend, I'll come down and we'll go from there," Goodwin said Wednesday night.

Goodwin would not divulge if the meeting is a mere formality, or if the sides still have a bit more work to do before reaching a firm agreement.

"Nothing yet, but we're definitely getting close," Goodwin said.

The move is certainly one that will make Shaquille O'Neal happy; the Heat's 12-time All-Star center openly lobbied for Miami to sign Payton, who averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 assists for Boston last season.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade said he's welcoming all the changes, and amid reports that Payton's signing was imminent, indicated that he would welcome Payton if the veteran decided to join the Heat.

"Anybody who comes into Miami, if they sign on the dotted line then they'll understand what we're trying to do here," Wade said. "I have no problem with it at all. He knows we're about winning right now."

More here: http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/4894298

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Interesting.. more and more interesting.. :ee:

Hey, even the spurs are adding force.. :00: So are Lakers trying to lure Spre..

Only old Pistons seems to have worn out of its rings, with coach eloping.. :ee:

Great season ahead folks.. Sit tight.. :b:

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