Mike Bibby headed to Miami
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.
"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."
| March 1, 2011; 8:29 PM ET
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