Rafer Alston Will Sign With Heat After Buyout From Nets

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Alston Will Sign With Heat After Buyout From Nets

Well, that was quick. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Heat will sign Rafer Alston just hours after the Nets bought out the remainder of his contract.

Wojnarowski is also reporting that the Heat are sending little-used Chris Quinn to the Nets for a second-round pick in order to clear a roster spot for Alston.

Miami has agreed to send Chris Quinn to Nets for future 2nd and cash to free roster spot and will sign Rafer Alston, sources say.

So essentially, the Heat traded Chris Quinn and a second-round pick for Rafer Alston, only they had to go this route because Quinn’s salary doesn’t match up with Alston’s. The NBA, where complex trade rules happen!

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Rafer Alston Bought Out By Nets; Cavaliers, Heat Interested

We're reaching the time of the NBA season where veteran players on struggling teams get bought out of their contracts so they can join a contender.  Rafer Alston is apparently the first guy to have this happen to him this season.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the New Jersey Nets have agreed to buy out the final year of Alston's contract and allow him to become a free agent.  Alston, who was slated to earn $5.25 million this season, is now available to help any contending team in need of a point guard.  

According to Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers are the early favorites to land Alston, who started for the Orlando Magic as they advanced to the NBA Finals last season.  My early money is on Miami.  The Heat currently employ Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo at point guard and could desperately use an upgrade.  Alston's also played for Miami before in his career and he's familiar with the area.  

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