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Heat, Magic make trades

June 25, 2011
From AP wire reports

MIAMI (AP) - Norris Cole's speed stood out to the Miami Heat, so they moved quickly to get him.

Completing a deal that was struck in principle a day earlier, the Heat formally acquired Cole from the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday afternoon in exchange for the rights to Croatian guard Bojan Bogdanovic, a second-round pick in the 2014 draft and cash. Cole was drafted 28th overall by the Chicago Bulls, who then sent him to Minnesota.

The Heat simply could have waited with hopes of snaring him at No. 31 - the pick they used for Bogdanovic - but feared Cole would already be gone. So the deal was made, and after some logistics involving Minnesota's trade of Jonny Flynn to Houston were worked out Friday, the NBA signed off on the move.

"I'm just going to be myself," Cole said. "Stay humble, work hard, earn the respect from the veteran guys there and the coaching staff. That's the most important thing."

The Heat had Cole rated as the draft's 18th-best player, and bypassed several other point guards to get him.

Miami entered the draft without a first-round selection, and resisted the urge to spend $3 million to move into the first round by buying a pick. Making a trade was much simpler for the Heat, and Cole addressed one of the team's major needs. The Heat do not have a point guard guaranteed for next season, though Mario Chalmers is a restricted free agent, is expected to be Miami's starter next year and wants to be back.

The Orlando Magic used the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night to acquire forward Justin Harper from Richmond and guard DeAndre Liggins from Kentucky.

They traded two future second-round picks to Cleveland to acquire Harper, the 32nd pick in the draft, then used their own pick at 53 to snag Liggins.

Harper played four seasons at Richmond, averaging 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in his senior season.

Liggins averaged 8.6 points and four rebounds in his third and final season with Kentucky. He is known more for his defense and toughness.

The Magic did not have a first-round pick Thursday, trading it to Phoenix in December as part of the deal that sent Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus to the Suns in exchange for Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson.



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