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Dwyane Wade Emotional Talking About School Shooting Victim Buried In His Jersey

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The tragedy of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day is still fresh in the hearts and minds of many and the emotions are still raw.

One of the victim’s, Joaquin Oliver, was buried in Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade’s jersey on February 17th, a few short days after the shooting.

Wade got emotional talking about the young victim being buried in his jersey, which Oliver’s parents revealed Sunday on Univision talk show “Al Punto”.

“You really can’t put that in words. You hurt for the family,” Wade told reporters Monday (h/t ESPN). “If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable. A story that his family and you guys can talk about.”

Oliver, 17, was excited about Wade’s return to the Heat, where Wade spent the majority of his storied career, having a profound impact on South Florida.

“Like I said, I retweeted on Twitter, you’re going to make me cry,” Wade said. “It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that, buried him in my jersey was something that he wanted. I take pride in what I’ve done in this state and what I’ve meant for the youth. I appreciate it.”

Wade took to Twitter saying  “You’re about to make me cry this afternoon.”

Stoneman Douglas students returned to campus on Monday in Parkland, Florida.

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Pacers Sign Myles Turner to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension

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The Indiana Pacers are signing center Myles Turner to a four-year, $80 million contract extension, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Turner, an ascending player, poured in 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last season for Indiana, who with the new contract now protects their investment in building around Turner as their franchise player.

 

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Not Expected to Receive Extension Before Deadline

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The New York Knicks are not expected to give Kristaps Porzingis a contract extension before the end of Monday’s deadline, which will make the budding franchise player a restricted free agent next summer, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Porzingis’ season-ending torn ACL and a desire to create as much cap flexibility so they can be major players in next summer’s free agency appear to be the main factors in the team coming to this decision.

 

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