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ASK IRA: Does the math on the Terry Rozier trade still work for the Heat?

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ASK IRA: Does the math on the Terry Rozier trade still work for the Heat?


Q: So, didn’t the Heat really handicap themselves by taking on the final 2 1/2 years of Terry Rozier’s contract? It significantly decreased the chances of us signing any free agent above a minimum contract this summer. Then, because of this move we probably also have lost Caleb Martin going forward. I know hindsight is 20 /20, but should the Heat have given it a lot more thought before making this move? Would you still have made it? – Bob, Davie.

A: I can guarantee you the Heat gave it plenty of thought. But let’s also consider the context: The move was made by a team coming off an NBA Finals appearance with hope at the time of another deep playoff run. Isn’t that what fans want, a team willing to go for it? From the outset, there was no issue here with taking on the contract of Terry Rozier. Foremost, if the options were instead adding a player at the mid-level exception this coming summer, retaining Caleb Martin or having Rozier, most would say the Heat got the best value out of those options. Plus, from the moment Terry was added, it was with the thought it also was a traceable/packagable contract. Had the Heat allowed Kyle Lowry’s contract to expire without swapping it out for a replacement contract, the Heat would have lost a high degree of trade flexibility. All of that said, I said at the time and would say again, that attaching the first-round pick, particularly a pick that ultimately might not be lottery protected, was too risky and swung the deal toward one that could be questioned. But not because of Terry. But because of the pick.

Q: I think the strategy should be to think of teams like Indiana, maybe New York, maybe Orlando: Enjoy the season, enjoy the youngsters as they develop, and remember the joys of a surprising run to the second round. Watch Nikola Jovic and Jaime Jaquez Jr. and, yes, even Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson continue to improve, see if Cole Swider and Alondes Williams can stick, see if Caleb Martin can regain his form, appreciate Kevin Love’s twilight, hope we find minutes for Haywoof Highsmith and go from there. I’m always grateful to Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and the rest of the front office for keeping us so competitive year after year after year. I’d like to see us win a championship in the next few years, especially because it would be great for Jimmy Butler. But I can also envision us not getting there, too. And that’s OK. Sometimes you swing and miss. – Phillip, San Francisco.

A: Which is all well and good. But if that truly is the belief among the team’s followers, then I wonder how many would actually sign off on what you propose and agree to not then start complaining at the first sign of the Heat not being championship contenders? Saying it is all well and good; living it is another story. It’s almost as if we need to create a Google Document to sign off on agreeing to support a fun, competitive team, and that being good enough to sate, to merely enjoy a hard-working, enthusiastic team that shows up every night.

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Q: Any chance of Giannis Antotokounmpo forcing his way out of Milwaukee?  – Ron, Margate.

A: I’m not sure players are rushing to be a part of eighth-place teams. Even those on teams that came up short in the playoffs, most did as well or better in the postseason than the Heat, and started from a higher seed. If anything, the Heat have planted a seed of doubt with free agents and those seeking trades. And not necessarily a good one.



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Toddler nearly drowns in Miami-Dade’s Ojus neighborhood

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OJUS, Fla. – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to a house on Sunday night to find a toddler who had nearly drowned in a house pool in the Ojus neighborhood.

Miami-Dade police officers also responded to the house near Northeast 195 Street and 23 Avenue. The house was also at a canal connected to the Enchanted Lake

Detectives asked anyone with information about this or other cases to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Mercedes Cevallos contributed to this report.

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Man who robbed Boca credit union gets 20 years in prison

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MIAMI — A Miami man who robbed a Boca Raton credit union in 2023 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a series of robbery attempts on South Florida banks and credit unions. 

Keith Bernard Miller, 54, was found guilty by a federal jury and sentenced Thursday for two attempted credit union robberies, one credit union robbery and one bank robbery while on supervised release for a separate case. He will also serve three years of supervised release after completing his sentence, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Miami office said in a news release. 

On Sept. 29, Miller entered two credit unions in the Broward County city of Miramar and attempted to rob each one, but was unsuccessful, the department said. He then drove to a credit union in Boca Raton, presented a note demanding money, and stole more than $1,600, the department said. 

On Oct. 10, Miller drove to a bank in the western Broward County city of Davie and presented a demand note to a teller, who handed more than $1,300 over to Miller. He was arrested later that day when police found his getaway vehicle, the DOJ said. Officers found draft demand notes and clothing worn during the robberies when they apprehended Miller.  

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In 2020, Miller had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of credit union robbery. Miller also had been previously convicted of multiple robberies, aggravated stalking with a firearm, burglary with assault and battery and felony eluding, among other offenses. 

U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman imposed the sentence. The Boca Raton Police Department, along with the Miramar and Miami-Dade police departments, assisted the FBI in investigating the case.  



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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responds to FCI Miami after ‘bloody’ gang fight

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to the Federal Correctional Institution Miami on Saturday after a fight that two federal correctional officers described as bloody.

One of the correctional officers said the injuries stemmed from a conflict between Puerto Rican and Mexican gang members held at the low-security FCI, at 15801 SW 137 Ave., near ZooMiami.

Peter Navarro, who served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump and was sentenced to four months for defying a subpoena, is an inmate at the adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

Earlier this year, a 43-year-old Puerto Rican inmate escaped the facility and later surrendered.

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A source familiar with the environment at FCI Miami said members of the Puerto Rican prison gangs La Asociación ÑETA and El Grupo De Los 27 regularly engage in conflict there.

This is a developing story. Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Joyce Grace Ortega contributed to this report.

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