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Riley: 'We are a development team'

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07:16 AM ET 10.24 | Monday's final roster decisions loom, and it's unlikely the Heat are going to get a whole lot younger this season. Despite appearances, Miami Heat President Pat Riley insists his team remains committed to development of young talent. At least that was the message Riley offered Tuesday in Sioux Falls, S.D. ... "We are a development team," he said at a media briefing. "Right now, we're a championship team, with veteran players. But the pipeline to becoming a championship team in the next four or five years, because of the new collective-bargaining agreement and all of the punitive taxes and revenue-sharing concepts, that really sort of eat into how you build a team financially. Developing players is the most important thing that we can do right now in the game."

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October 24, 2013  07:47 AM ET

I will rejoice the day I learn of Pat Riley's death.

October 24, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Translation-

"The repeater tax is going to kick us in the a**- and we are going to have to tear down the 3 star approach"

-they still owe 1st rounders to Tor. and Cle. though- next offseason will be obviously determine the fate of Riley and if he continues on or if he retires- because if LeBron leaves Riley abandons ship about 20 seconds later

October 24, 2013  08:30 AM ET

The Heat Is On, Bro.

October 24, 2013  08:40 AM ET

So fat they're doing great w/ their renovation. They can afford to develop 1-3 players and the rest will come from veterans who want to play there.

October 24, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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So fat they're doing great w/ their renovation. They can afford to develop 1-3 players and the rest will come from veterans who want to play there.

So far

October 24, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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I will rejoice the day I learn of Pat Riley's death.

You one cold brotha man...

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October 24, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I will rejoice the day I learn of Pat Riley's death.

Those on top and who win always get hated; but it's your right to hate, and I'll defend it.

October 24, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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He makes sense, but with the aging core they have currently- they can't really afford to miss any opportunities

Essentially, you have to hit on every single draft pick to accomplish his stated goal. That's a pretty tall order in the NBA.

October 24, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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I will rejoice the day I learn of Pat Riley's death.

I get it. You don't like the guy. Neither do I, but I'd be satisfied if he just went away.

October 24, 2013  10:54 AM ET

Greg Oden dunked a basketball last night. I hope that doesn't mean he will be out the next four years.

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October 24, 2013  01:16 PM ET
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yup-especially when picking so higheven SA has not been as good drafting lately(otehr than kawai)

San Antonio actually didn't draft Kawai, Indy did. Drafting is a lot more luck than science in the NBA. It's all about development and team chemistry.

October 24, 2013  02:19 PM ET

SA did ok with Danny Green

October 24, 2013  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I will rejoice the day I learn of Pat Riley's death.

That's pretty f'ed up.....even for you.

October 24, 2013  03:37 PM ET
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San Antonio actually didn't draft Kawai, Indy did......

Sometimes a deal gets struck where one team (the Pacers) drafts a player for another team (the Spurs) and then a trade commences......something like:

The Pacers draft Kawhi Leonard for the Spurs.....and trade him to the Spurs for George Hill.

Same thing happened in 1987 when Portland drafted Scottie Pippen for the Bulls at #5 and traded him for the Bulls' #8 pick (Olden Polynice) plus another draft pick (LOL) .

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