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Posted at 8:29 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Mike Bibby headed to Miami

By Michael Lee

The league's worst kept secret has finally been confirmed. From the moment Mike Bibby reached a buyout agreement from the Wizards, the Miami Heat has been his rumored destination. Bibby's agent, David Falk, said on Tuesday that his client will indeed take his jump shot to South Beach.


Ready to be teammates, Eddie? (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

"He's going to Miami. He'll clear waivers and he'll sign, yes," Falk said. "When we discussed the buyout, I asked him, if you could go to any team, without hesitation, he said Miami. Not because of the weather. He thinks it's the best chance to win a championship and make a significant impact on winning a championship."

Bibby surprised many with his decision to sacrifice all of the $6.2 million that he was owed in 2011-12 in order to leave the Wizards. But Falk said that Bibby didn't want to waste his time playing out the season for a team headed nowhere. And, while he likes John Wall and respects the rookie's game, the 32-year-old Bibby had no interest in taking on a backup role in Washington.

"It's a very interesting situation," Falk said. "He made a very significant financial sacrifice in order to win. He could've easily played out the end of the year, probably got traded to a playoff team. But this is what he wanted to do. In his 13th year, he feels he's too old to be a on team that's not headed to the playoffs and too young to be a mentor."

The Heat waived point guard Carlos Arroyo to create a roster spot for Bibby, who is averaging career lows of 9.1 points and 3.6 assists, but is shooting a career-high 43.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Miami has had little stability at the point guard position this season, with Mario Chalmers playing inconsistently since replacing Arroyo.

Bibby would likely have the opportunity to start and has already received endorsements from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. His brother-in-law, Eddie House, is also a reserve with the Heat.

"I'm appreciative to Ernie and Ted for giving him an opportunity and hope they are appreciative to him for giving them a lot of cap flexibility," Falk said. "I think most people are stunned that he took such a significant reduction in pay, but that was his decision."

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 8:29 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Bibby  
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Comments

So the Heat got rid of a slow PG to bring in another slow PG.

Best chance to win a championship?....Miami? Ha. Let us know how that works out.

Posted by: VaWizard85 | March 1, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm more intrigued about THORNTON buying out his contract. Who's next LEWIS? Come on RASHARD give up say ....... $52 million and you can go play where you want. Now that's cap room!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised to see JIANLIAN traded over the summer, maybe at draft time. And we have expirings on:

HOWARD
EVANS
MARTIN
N'DIAYE
SHAKUR

Counting THORNTON who's already gone, that's almost half the men left standing.

Who's left for next season and under team control?

LEWIS - 22,152,000
BLATCHE - 6,442,083
WALL - 5,530,080
JIANLIAN 5,403,366 team option
YOUNG - 3,695,857 qualifying offer
McGEE - 2,462,399
SERAPHIN - 1,680,360
BOOKER - 1,294,920
CRAWFORD - 1,120,440

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I would say there is a

Posted by: dfresh58 | March 1, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The experience of Bibby at the point guard slot for Miami could be huge. There best ball handlers have been Wade and Lebron. But now, you bring in a flawless ball handler with tremendous NBA experience and that could be enormous for the Heat.

LarryInClitonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 1, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

flawless ball handler
Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

----

seen him play this year? last year?

Posted by: MinuMang | March 1, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Who's left for next season and under team control?

LEWIS - 22,152,000
BLATCHE - 6,442,083
WALL - 5,530,080
JIANLIAN 5,403,366 team option
YOUNG - 3,695,857 qualifying offer
McGEE - 2,462,399
SERAPHIN - 1,680,360
BOOKER - 1,294,920
CRAWFORD - 1,120,440

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Which will get you about 23 wins...

How do I get my season tickets?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Can we buyout Ernie and Flip?

Posted by: oakiedokie1 | March 2, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Mike Bibby will be the final piece of the puzzle to help Miami win an NBA Championship. Miami is saying that Mike Bibby is one of the "players with high IQs" and LBJ says Bibby is going to help them out tremendously. Makes you wonder why the Wizards let him go. He definitely would have been a great trade material during draft time. I think Grunfeld made a mistake on this one, IMO.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 2, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

The highlight of the Wizards season has been the clearing of salaries. Whoopee! Where can I buy season tickets?

Posted by: randysbailin | March 2, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Great! Miami already wasn't gonna win it all and now they won't even get out of the EAST..

Bibby is garbage..

Posted by: kevenjones | March 2, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Bibby and Mike Miller. Can't wait to see this

Posted by: bonggong | March 2, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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