Stephon Marbury told the New York Post on Sunday that he didn't turn down a chance to play for the Heat. In fact, Marbury still hasn't given up hope on playing for Miami.
Marbury said a Chinese reporter mixed up the translation of his remarks and that it was falsely reported he had rejected an offer from the Heat. He told the Post that Miami contacted him in early July before LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces. The Heat told him they would get back to him after "they handled all the things they had to handle."
"It's total nonsense, why would I turn down a chance to play for the Miami Heat?" Marbury said. "The report was a fabrication."
Carlos Arroyo has told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he will fly back from his native Puerto Rico on Thursday to sign a deal with the Heat. Arroyo started Miami's final 21 regular-season games and all five playoff contests at point guard.
"Looking forward to a championship!!!" Arroyo wrote in an email to the Sun-Sentinel. "Excited!!!!"
He will join Mario Chalmers as Miami's second point and become the team's 13th player under contract.
HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Dub him All-State because Carlos Arroyo will serve as insurance for the Miami Heat.
Of course, the veteran table-setter filled in nicely down the stretch in 2010 when young starter Mario Chalmers struggled. More of the same is expected in 2011.
Arroyo could start or come off the bench; however, he'll likely be the third point guard behind LeBron James and Chalmers.
The native of Puerto Rico will handle whatever role he's given like a professional. This is another solid move by executive Pat Riley and the Heat.
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