Veteran guard Mike Bibby has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Washington Wizard, so he can sign with a title-contending team for next season.
Some are saying the Miami Heat are the front-runners, but other top teams are also interested.
According to ESPN, Bibby, whom the Wizards acquired from Atlanta last week in a trade for Kirk Hinrich, gave up his entire salary for next season — he had one year left and $6.2 million left on his deal.
His agent says 32-year-old Bibby is more interested in winning a championship, rather than money.
“He sacrificed some money in order to win a championship,” said David Falk, the NBA player’s agent. “Once you’re past 10, 11 years in the league, you want to be in a situation where you can win. He’s got some attractive options open to him.”
Bibby is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday (March 2). While a decision has yet to be made, a source told ESPN, he’s headed to Miami.
Other teams interested, sources say, includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Portland Trail Blazers.
Additionally, a source said that forward Troy Murphy may also be headed to Miami. However, the Heat will have to cut as many players as they sign, and the source said Carlos Arroyo and Jamaal Magloire are the likeliest candidates.
Bibby was drafted with the second overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. During his career, he’s also played with the Sacramento Kings, the Atlanta Hawks, and a short stint with the Wizards.
His best years were with the Kings though. During the 2001–02 season, Bibby guided the Kings to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Thanks to his performance — including a 23-point game, where he shot a game-winning jumper in Game 5 — Bibby was awared with a 7-year, $80.5 million contract.
Bibby has never made it to the Finals.