Found December 11, 2011 on
Pro Sports Daily:
The Miami Heat introduced free-agent signing Shane Battier Friday, adding a proven defensive stopper and glue guy to their star studded lineup.
Battier, who made $7.4 million last year in Houston and Memphis, takes a major pay cut to play with Miami, signing a three-year $9.4 million – making just over $3 million a season. Battier told reporters Miami’s big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reached out to him this offseason.
"Knowing that he took a pay cut to be here, that doesn't go unnoticed in Miami," Wade told reporters. "It might go unnoticed elsewhere. But here in Miami, we appreciate that."
Battier, the sixth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, has averaged 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds for his career.
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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...
The Miami Heat reached agreement with veteran forward Shane Battier on Friday.
Battier, who announced he would be joining the team on his Twitter account Thursday, is expected to sign a three-year deal worth about $9 million
The 33-year-old Battier split last season with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 7.6 points and 2.3 assists.
He also provides LeBron James...
Shane Battier now works for Nick Arison, the Heat’s new vice president of basketball operations, but the former Duke star wanted to make one thing perfectly clear Saturday when he was introduced as the Heat’s big free agent acquisition.
Shane Battier and Eddy Curry were separated by two picks in the 2001 NBA draft. A decade later, they're together with the Miami Heat.
Battier and Curry went through their first Miami practices on Saturday. For Battier, it was a reunion with Heat CEO Nick Arison, who was the team manager when Duke won the NCAA title in Battier's final college season.
For Curry, it's...
Defense is a tricky thing to analyze. We want think of it in results-based evaluations because results are definitive. You win or you lose. The ball goes in or it doesn't. But defense, for all intents and purposes, is based entirely on probability. That's where Shane Battier comes in.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Shane Battier.
Shane Battier and Erik Spoelstra share an enjoyment for studying the analytics of basketball, something that they will inevitably discuss now that the veteran is a member of the Heat.
Shane Battier and Eddy Curry were separated by two picks in the 2001 NBA draft. On Saturday, there was a moment when they weren't separated by anything. The scene: First Miami Heat practice of the season, first day with the team job for both men. Curry sets a screen, and Battier comes crashing into him.