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Lakers' Fisher visits Heat

witnesses no more: A 10-story mural of LeBron James, now a target of rock-throwing Cavs fans, is removed in Cleveland.

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witnesses no more: A 10-story mural of LeBron James, now a target of rock-throwing Cavs fans, is removed in Cleveland.

MIAMI — Lakers guard Derek Fisher met Saturday with Heat president Pat Riley, one day after the team introduced LeBron James and Chris Bosh as Dwyane Wade's newest teammates. James, Bosh and Wade will make less than the $16.6 million they each could have earned next season, giving Miami a chance to lure other players.

Riley and Fisher declined comment.

Fisher, who turns 36 next month, has been part of all five Lakers championships in the Kobe Bryant era, four as a starter. After the Lakers won their second straight title last month, Fisher said he would return.

But after Fisher, who earned $5 million last season, reportedly received a $2.5 million offer from L.A. in the wake of the team recently signing Clippers free agent point guard Steve Blake, he listened to other possibilities.

The Heat will have approximately $4 million in salary cap space after it completes an anticipated signing of Wizards free-agent swingman Mike Miller.

James, Bosh and Wade signed six-year contracts. The value of James and Bosh's deals is nearly $111 million, while Wade took around $107 million. They could have received about $125.5 million apiece if they had taken the maximum allowed.

"What we signed for is not important," James said Friday. "What we're going to do this coming fall is what's most important."

"It's about sacrifice now," Wade said.

Fisher averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 assists, starting all 82 regular-season games last season. In the playoffs, he averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 assists, starting all 23 postseason contests.

The Heat expects to keep center Udonis Haslem. Haslem, a teammate of Miller's at Florida in the late '90s, has more lucrative offers but wants to remain in his hometown of Miami and is considering a minimal deal.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday that Miami had contact with forward Juwan Howard, 37. Other free agents who are known to have expressed interest in Miami include Raja Bell, Chris Quinn, Quentin Richardson and Jamaal Magloire, and the Heat has the rights to restricted center Joel Anthony.

Swingman Dorell Wright, who spent his first six seasons in Miami, agreed to a three-year deal Saturday with the Warriors.

Riley repeated Friday that he has no plans to take over for coach Erik Spoelstra.

what the heat gave up: To complete the sign-and-trade for Bosh, the Heat sent its 2011 first-round draft choice to Toronto and returned the 2011 first-round draft choice it had acquired from the Raptors in the 2009 Jermaine O'Neal-Shawn Marion trade.

To complete the sign-and-trade for James, the Heat agreed to give Cleveland the right to swap draft positions in the first round of the 2012 draft as well as 2011 and '12 second-round draft choices it previously acquired from the Thunder and Hornets.

And that's where it gets complex, with the Heat also sending out two future first-round picks to the Cavs. Those picks, which have lottery protection, will fall between 2013 and 2017.

weighing in: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he would have had a similar reaction to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's when James left. Gilbert called the departure a "cowardly betrayal" and saying that the fans of Cleveland deserve better. "It's unfortunate that LeBron put the team in that position," Cuban said. "There's limited opportunities to get those types of deals done, particularly when the Cavs could have had lots of cap room. So I can understand Dan being upset.'' James' reaction to Gilbert: "To hear my former owner's comments, I absolutely know I made the right decision.''

magic may match on redick: Orlando GM Otis Smith plans to take the full seven days to decide whether to match an offer sheet the Bulls made for restricted free agent guard J.J. Redick. The Bulls reportedly signed Redick, 26, to a $19 million, three-year offer sheet.

clippers: First-round picks Al-Farouq Aminu, a Wake Forest forward, and Eric Bledsoe, a Kentucky guard, signed. Terms were not disclosed.

hornets: Luther Head, who can play point or shooting guard, agreed to a two-year deal worth $2.5 million, his agent said.

nets: The team reached a three-year, $10 million agreement with 7-footer Johan Petro 24, who averaged 3.4 points and 3.6 rebounds with the Nuggets last season.

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