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Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:48 pm
The Washington Wizards have reportedly bought out point guard Mike Bibby and he could be headed to the Miami Heat. Posted by Ben Golliver. mike-bibby-wash

Last week, the Washington Wizards traded point guard Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks in a five-player deal that brought back point guard veteran Mike Bibby. Monday morning, we noted that the Wizards were getting close to buying out Bibby.

Monday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports and both reported that the Wizards completed their buyout of Bibby. Yahoo! Sports reported that the agreement included a big-time concession from Bibby: "Guard Mike Bibby agreed to give up entire $6.2 million salary for the '11-'12 season to get buyout with Wiz to play for winner, source says."

The Washington Post reported that "Portland, Miami, Boston, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly Denver are believed to have interest" in signing Bibby once he clears waivers.

Sam Amick reports, however, that the Heat are the leader in the clubhouse. 
Mike Bibby, who will reportedly reach a buyout with Wash. and give back more than $6 million for next season, intends to sign with Miami. He has to clear waivers first and there's the standard disclaimer that something could go awry, but his intent is to join the Heat. For protocol's sake, I obviously have a source. Just ran out of characters. In case that wasn't clear.
Bibby is a playoff-tested point guard who is averaging 9.1 points and 3.6 assists in 29.4 minutes per game this season. While he's no spring chicken, he's an upgrade over Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo, Miami's two current options at the point. 

The Palm Beach Post says the Heat should make a run at Bibby.
He’d start here immediately. And his brother-in-law, Eddie House, is on the team. He’s not close to what he was as a defender, and his assist totals have been modest the past few seasons. But he was shooting a career-high 44 percent from three. He’s played in plenty of close and critical games, first with Sacramento and then with Atlanta. And, as was evident late in the loss to the Knicks (when New York could leave it to Chauncey Billups to take control), the Heat desperately needs another cool hand on the floor with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, both of whom tend to force the action.
While this could turn out to be a great get for the Heat, the trade and buyout is already a definite positive for the Wizards, who were quietly one of the big winners of the trade deadline. Not only did they get out of Hinrich's $9 million contract this year and $8 million contract next year, they reportedly save $6.2 million of future money to Bibby, got a young prospect in Jordan Crawford and added a draft pick too. For a team that needs maximum flexibility and youth so it can build around franchise point guard John Wall, that's a pretty nice haul.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:44 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

I stand corrected.  The tank is empty..

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 5:51 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Much like the old Chicago Bulls, the Heat do not need a traditional point guard. The best fit would really be a strong defender who can shoot the 3. It may make sense to have a good ball handler to dish to James/Wade/Bosh but does anyone really believe that James and Wade are going to give up precious ball time to Mike Bibby? I'll believe that when I see it. 

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:50 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Many so-called basketball experts are already blasting the diminshed skills of Mike Bibby. And, even some are making a point that he could not help the Miami Heat, if in fact, he clears waivers and signs with the Heat. Let's back up a minute. Here's what Bibby would do to
help Miami as the regular season begins to wind down. His ability as a point guard would certainly free up LeBron to become more versatile and showcase his offensive and defensive skills even more. Bringing the ball upcourt for most of the season can really burn you
out, but Lebron was unselfish and requested that he be one to handle that task. On the defensive end, even though his rebounding efforts are quite apparent, he would be fresher to defend against passing lanes and move around quicker to help double team some of the oppositions best postup players. I think the game has basically wore him down in the final minutes of many games and Bibby's savvy play would certainly take a lot of pressure off him in critical moments of tight games. Another thing to point out, many are saying that Bibby won't help the Heat in regards to perimeter shooting, especially from 3-point range. The guy is shooting at 44% from the 3-point line and it's the highest in his 13 year career and clearly ranks him in the top 10 in this category. The guy is definitely a floor leader and even though his defensive skills have diminished, he will help change the landscape of the Heat. I certianly agree that
they need a more physical type center, but there's only a handful in the NBA worth talking about, but Pat Riley will definitely address that in the off season. But, for now, a man who walked away from a $6.2 mil contract that he would have received next year, tells me all that I need to know about someone who really wants to win a title. And, given that he has given up so much guaranteed money for next year, he'll show those whose who doubted him, there's still much more left in the tank.     

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:25 pm

Boston old guys

He does not want to hang with grandpa Boston and would prefer to be in on the young dynasty heat. The heat will dominate this year and the next 7. Bank it.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:21 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Sub Washington and Obama and I will agree with you.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:52 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

hey Rafalution hows the Heats home attendance doin? Last I checked, the last place team in the NBA the Cleveland Cavaliers still have higher attendance than your super team.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:33 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

What a moron. It makes way more sense for him to sign with the Celtics. The Heat hardly need bibby.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:31 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

too funny how some are still bitter.  Let me guess cleveland fan? Then looked at name from ,  and I had a good laugh.  Real town? or just how this guy feels ;-)

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:50 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

Ron Harper never won anything either. Then he went to Chicago and helped win 3. Then to the Lakers for a couple more.
Bibby would be a nice pick up fopr the Heat. Frees Lebron and Wade to move around freely and score more baskets with less turnovers. Bibby has the 3 to swish along with the rest of them.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:14 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

I think if I was a playoff contender in the East, I would think about claiming him if I could.  Miami would be might tough with Bibby at the point.

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