Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/10/11
MIAMI Shane Battier dressed well for his Miami debut press conference. He wore a sports jacket that casually clad Heat president Pat Riley said he tried to borrow. No, Battier did not look much poorer Saturday. Still, talk was about how the forward took a pay cut to join the Heat. After making 7.35 million last season for Houston and Memphis, hell play this season for the 3 million taxpayer mid-level exception and overall has a three-year, 9.4 million deal. Knowing that he took a pay cut to be here, that doesnt go unnoticed in Miami, said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. It might go unnoticed elsewhere. But here in Miami, we appreciate that. After all, Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh all took pay cuts to form their superteam in the summer of 2010. However, theyre all this season making more than five times what Battier, 33, is pulling down. But Battier, who never has been to the NBA Finals, is known for being unselfish. He turned down offers in free agency from San Antonio, Indiana an...
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