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Heat Offer Contracts to Quinn, Powell and Wright

The Miami Heat extended contracts for qualifying offers to point guard Chris Quinn, forward Kasib Powell and forward Dorell Wright.

This moves means that the Heat can match any offer when free agency begins July 1st. Quinn, Powell and Wright have the right to accept the Heat’s offers for their 2008-2009 salaries if no other team surpasses those offers.

For Wright, the qualifying offer is about $2.4 million while for Quinn and Powell the qualifying offers remain around the league minimum. Should a team offer contracts that give a significant jump, the Heat have the right to match the deal but may not do so depending on their situation after the draft is over and looking ahead to the big free agent summer of 2010.

It has always been Pat Riley’s modus operandi to keep the Heat financially flexible in anticipation of Dwyane Wade’s free agent status as well as to possibly land a few big catches that summer like LeBron James or Chris Bosh.

In Kasib Powell, the Heat have a capable perimeter defender and hard-nosed player they missed when James Posey left for Boston. They also now have 2 D League players on their roster with Stephane Lasme holding a conditional contract heading into next season. It also gives the Heat the freedom to explore other options at PG if they are not able to find something in the draft. Quinn could be retained to add depth if no other team snatches him up with a better deal, of course.

Heat DLeague Affiliate Moved to Albuquerque

I still have a hard time typing Albuquerque, despite the fact that the Marlins’ AAA affiliate is stationed there as well. Now it looks like the Heat and the Marlins will have something else in common.

The NBA announced that the Heat’s D League affiliation will be moved from the Iowa Energy franchise to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds franchise. So, a bit further out west than initially planned when the D League began a few years back with the Heat’s affiliate being in Fort Myers at the time. Then, it was moved to Iowa and now in Albuquerque. Looks like the NBA is using the D League to market their NBA franchises as well, shuffling them city to city each year and each D League affiliate associated with up to 4 NBA franchises.

Discuss the Heat’s D League activities here.