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Barcelona will help
BARCELONA---Barcelona s presi-
dent says the Spanish club will ensure
Luis Suarez "successfully reintegrates"
into football following his lengthy ban
for biting a World Cup opponent.
Suarez secured a move to Barcelona
from Liverpool on Friday but is ban-
ifaIFA ban to the Court of Arbitration
for Sport, saying Suarez "recognised
his mistake and Barca will be making
sure he successfully reintegrates into
the football world."
Barcelona was undeterred by the lat-
est in Suarez s lengthy list of misde-
meanors in agreeing to a US$130 million
Suarez joins Lionel Messi and Ney-
mar as Barcelona looks to bounce back
from its first season without a major
trophy since 2007. (AP)
Bosh agrees to max
deal with Heat
Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks
that he did not want to leave Miami.
Not even LeBron James departure changed his
Bosh is staying with the Heat, agreeing Friday
night to a five-year contract that will be worth about
US$118 million, said two people familiar with the
deal. They spoke on condition of anonymity because
neither side had confirmed it publicly.
Keeping Bosh addresses one of the Miami s top
priorities after getting the news earlier in the day
that James was leaving the Heat and returning to
the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There s still plenty of work for Heat president Pat
Riley to do, however. But first, he and the team lauded
what James meant to them over the last four sea-
"While I am disappointed by LeBron s decision to
leave Miami, no one can fault another person for
wanting to return home," Riley said in a statement
Friday night. "LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete,
teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see
Next up for the Heat: More than likely, it s a deal
with Dwyane Wade, who has spent all 11 of his NBA
seasons in Miami. Wade and Miami were negotiating
a new contract Friday, a move that was expected
from the very moment the 2006 NBA Finals Most
Valuable Player opted out of a deal that would have
paid him about US$42 million over the next two sea-
While Miami is working to get a Wade deal finalised,
it s unclear when Bosh will actually sign his contract
--- though that won t hold up the Heat from making
other moves. He s expected to be in Ghana until next
week, which creates a logistical challenge.
Bosh is an All-Star who averaged 16.2 points on
52 percent shooting last season, and now figures to
potentially get many more shots in the Heat offensive
scheme. For his career, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points
in 11 NBA seasons.
This much is certain: There s no shortage of open-
ings on the Heat roster.
Miami has agreed to deals with Josh McRoberts
and Danny Granger, which should get finalized once
the Heat figure how to allocate their spending now
that James is gone. Guard Norris Cole was the only
holdover from last season with a guaranteed contract,
while young center Justin Hamilton has a partially
guaranteed deal and point guard Shabazz Napier
came to the Heat on draft night.
Wade and Udonis Haslem will almost certainly be
back, and the team thinks highly of James Ennis,
who played overseas last season. (AP)
Grizzlies take shot in
signing guard Carter
MEMPHIS---The Memphis Grizzlies signed Vince
Carter yesterrday, looking to bolster their outside
shooting with an eight-time All-Star who spent
last season as a Dallas Mavericks reserve.
The 37-year-old guard agreed to a multiyear con-
tract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Grizzlies lacked three-point threats last season.
The 6-foot-6 Carter gives the Grizzlies a replacement
for free agent Mike Miller, who said on Twitter on
Friday night he was "just informed the Grizz are
going in another direction."
Carter averaged 11.9 points in 81 matches, all off
the bench, last season for Dallas. He has averaged
20.2 points over his 16-year career. He averaged at
least 20 points for 10 straight seasons from 1999-
09.Memphis averaged 4.9 three-pointers a match-
during the regular season, low in the NBA. The 34-
year-old Miller shot 45.5 per cent from three-point
range and averaged 7.3 points last season as one of
the Grizzlies top outside threats. (AP)
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