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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra Wants Dwyane Wade to be Maestro

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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra wants legendary franchise player Dwyane Wade to play the role of a maestro as he embarks on the final season of his playing career.

Wade finished his first preseason game with 10 points and 4 assists.

“I don’t need to even overstate Dwyane Wade, but there’s a reason why we all wanted him back and why I was making a big push to get him back,” Spoelstra said after Sunday’s game, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Is there are a lot of really interesting, versatile pieces that we have on this team, and we have a lot of speed, we have a lot of youth, we have a lot of versatility.”

“You need a maestro to be able to bring it all together and that’s what you see. It’s so much more coherent when he’s out there and he’s using his brain and his mind to help the whole team. That’s the genius of a Hall of Fame player.”

Wade knows what he can do for this Heat team moving forward.

“I’m a playmaker,” said Wade. “That’s just in my nature. It’s: Put pressure on the defense. Score the basketball. Play-make first and then score from there.

“It doesn’t change for me. I’m always trying to put pressure on the basket and get to the middle of the paint, make the defense make a decision — either me or the big with help defense — so I can spray to other guys.

“So when I get in the game, right away I just want to be able to draw two, so I can make plays for others and then give myself the opportunity to strike also.”

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Bucks Waive Shabazz Muhammad

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The Milwaukee Bucks have waived veteran swingman Shabazz Muhammad, according to an official team announcement.

Muhammad joined the Bucks last season following the finalization of his buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves, playing in just 11 games with Milwaukee to close out the regular season and averaging 8.5 ppg during that span.

Muhammad will become an unrestricted free agent if he goes unclaimed on waivers on Saturday

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Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard Expecting Great Vibe for Home Debut

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Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard is certainly excited to make his home debut for his new team when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at on on October 17th.

“It’s going to be a great experience” Leonard said, according to TSN Sports’ Josh Lewenberg. “It’s going to be my first time being on the home team here. Everybody says it’s a great energy and vibe. I’m just ready to live in the moment and see it for myself.”

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Kyrie Irving Announces Commitment to Celtics Long-Term

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of fans happy on Thursday night, including the Celtics organization, when news broke that he had met with ownership over the past few months and is committed to the Celtics for the long term, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Irving announced his plans to re-sign with the team during a fan event at the TD Garden on Thursday night.

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