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Heat sign Travis Best

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by LakerMania, Sep 5, 2002.

  1. LakerMania

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    Best signs with Heat

    September 5, 2002


    MIAMI (AP) -- Free agent guard Travis Best signed Thursday with the Miami Heat, his third team since February.

    The 30-year-old Best becomes a possible successor to starting point guard Rod Strickland, who is 36 and a free agent.

    Best split the 2001-02 season between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, appearing in 74 games with 21 starts. He averaged 7.9 points, 4.4 assists and 23.6 minutes.

    The 5-foot-11 guard spent 6 1/2 seasons with Indiana. His playing time slipped last season following injuries to his leg and back and the emergence of rookie point guard Jamaal Tinsley. Best, upset when pulled from a game against Washington by coach Isiah Thomas, later refused to go back in.

    He asked for a trade in December and was dealt to Chicago on Feb. 19.

    Best has averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 assists in 499 NBA games.
     
  2. mfclark

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    A lateral move to re-signing Rod Strickland, except Best has a lot more left in his tank. He'll start for the Heat and provide a solid presence at point guard, much more than Anthony Carter could provide.

    It does mean Strickland is probably going to sign with another team, perhaps Cleveland.
     
  3. RocksMillenium

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    Not a bad signing for the Heat if they still plan to go up-tempo. Best is good at that, and he drives to the basket. We'll see.
     
  4. CriscoKidd

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    An upgrade from Rod, imo.

    Carter sucks :)
     
  5. Greg M

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    If Caron's as good as projected, the Heat will make some noise in the sad, sad eastern conference. Plus Rasual Butler is opening up some eyes in Miami. He's a SG/SF with a really nice jumper. The Miami papers are saying he has the best jumper on the team since Glen Rice's early years.

    So are Eddie Jones' days numbered? I wonder which teams would consider taking his huge contract? Maybe a sign and trade with Seattle for Rashard ;)
     
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    I think the Best signing means that Rod Strickland is out. I don't think Strickland wants to be a backup, and I would assume that Best is sick of being a backup every place he's been. Rod Strickland will likely sign with Cleveland, but I don't think this means that Eddie Jones is out. Why would they do a Jones-Lewis deal? Jones is a much better player. He actually plays defense. Overall, this is a good move by Miami, since Best is better than Strickland and more stable.
     
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    good move by the heat
     
  8. aznlincolnpark

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    good for the heat
     
  9. saleem

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    Best wil increase the tempo of the game but at times he plays more like a shooting guard than a point guard.
     

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