The HEAT announces plans to televise games on SportsChannel Florida and WBFS-TV (Channel 33).
The flaming basketball is adopted as Miami's official logo from more than 1,000 entries. Mark Henderson submitted the winning entry.
The HEAT hires veteran NBA trainer Ron Culp to be its first Trainer/Travel Coordinator.
The HEAT and WQAM Radio (560 AM) reach an agreement to broadcast HEAT contests.
Miami and the Charlotte Hornets select players from the other NBA teams in the
1988 Expansion Draft. The HEAT selects first and picks Arvid Kramer from the
Dallas Mavericks. Miami receives Dallas' 1988 first-round draft choice (Kevin
Edwards) for not picking centers Bill Wennington and Uwe Blab or guard Steve Alford. Receives its choice of the Lakers second-round pick in either 1991 or 1992 in exchange for not selecting center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Miami opted to take the
Lakers' 1992 second-round draft choice (Matt Geiger). Receives a second-round draft choice from Boston in 1988 (Sylvester Gray) for
not selecting guard Dennis Johnson. Receives Seattle's 1988 second-round draft choice (Orlando Graham) for not selecting guard Danny Young. Forward Fred Roberts is traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a 1989
second-round draft choice (Scott Haffner). Guard Darnell Valentine is traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in exchange for the
Cavs second-round pick in either 1990 or 1992.
The HEAT participates in its first NBA Draft. Selecting ninth, Miami picks 6-111/2
center Rony Seikaly from Syracuse University. The team also chooses guard
Kevin Edwards from DePaul in the first round (20th overall) with the pick received from Dallas.
Did not retain right-of-first-refusal on forward John Stroeder.
Ron Rothstein, an assistant from the Detroit Pistons, is chosen to be the HEAT's
first head coach.
Sam Smith is hired as the HEAT's play-by-play voice on Miami's radio and television simulcasts.
Veteran NBA coach Dave Wohl, who had been serving as a scout for the team, and Tony Fiorentino, an assistant coach at Iona College, are hired by Rothstein as
Signed first-round pick Kevin Edwards.
Did not exercise the option on guard Kevin Williams.
Miami signs its first veteran free agent, forward/center Pat Cummings.
Signed second-round pick Grant Long.
Eric Reid is hired as the HEAT's color analyst on Miami's radio and television simulcasts.
Signed first-round pick Rony Seikaly.
Signed third-round pick Nate Johnston and center John Shasky, forward Tony Karasek and guards Charles Bradley, Tony Fairly and Darryl Joe.
Signed second-round pick Sylvester Gray.
The HEAT and WAQI Radio (710 AM) announce an agreement to broadcast Miami HEAT games in Spanish, joining the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers as the only NBA teams to have bilingual broadcasts. Sarvelio Del Valle and Carlos Fournier call the action for Miami in the first season.
The HEAT opens its inaugural training camp on the campus of the University of Miami.
Waived forward Tony Karasek.
Miami plays its first NBA exhibition game before 4,000 fans at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. The HEAT is defeated by the Seattle SuperSonics, 116-107.
Signed guard Jamie Waller. Waived guard Tony Fairly and forward Conner Henry.
Waived guard Charles Bradley and forward Nate Johnston.
Signed guard Rory Sparrow. Waived guards Andre Turner and Darryl Joe. Relinquished draft rights to forward Orlando Graham. Placed center Hansi Gnad on the injured list.
Miami begins regular season play in the NBA hosting the Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Arena before a sellout crowd of 15,008. The Clippers win the game, 101-80.
Signed guard Anthony Taylor. Waived guard Jamie Waller.
Placed center Hansi Gnad on the reserve/suspended list.
Placed guard Dwayne Washington on the injured list with a pulled right groin.
Signed guard Clinton Wheeler.
The HEAT wins its first game in franchise history, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 89-88, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Activated guard Dwayne Washington from the injured list. Waived guard Clinton Wheeler.
Waived guard Anthony Taylor.
Signed forward Todd Mitchell to a 10-day contract. Placed forward Sylvester Gray on the injured list with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
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