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Riley: Heat not planning to use amnesty

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm •  Published: July 12, 2013
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Brooklyn, most notably, made a huge splash this summer by acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics — a move that helped drive the Nets' potential luxury-tax bill for this coming season well past the $70 million mark.

"We understand the economic-slash-basketball ramifications of where we are in the game today," Riley said. "We're very diligent when it comes to the economic-slash-basketball decisions that you have to make. What one other team does, it doesn't have any bearing on what we're thinking about. We're a three-time finalist, we've won back to back championships, we've got our entire core back, signed, opted-in and we're tickled to death with that."

As of now, all players from Miami's rotation this past season are expected back. Ray Allen exercised his player option to return, and Chris Andersen signed a one-year deal to stay in Miami, a move that Riley said was huge.

"He'll be even better for us next year," Riley said. "It was crucial to keep him and we're very fortunate that he stayed."

Riley also said the team tried to land a perimeter player by offering the taxpayer mid-level during free agency, to no avail. He has also remained in contact with the camp of free agent center Greg Oden, who is attempting a comeback after years of serious knee issues and hopes to be with an NBA club in time for training camp this fall.