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Miami Sports Minute: Heat and Panthers previews, Stanton update

Catch the latest Miami Sports Minute on the Wave. Today we preview the Heat in Mexico City against Brooklyn, the Florida Panthers home against Colorado, and the latest on Giancarlo Stanton trade talks.

Heat travel to Mexico City to face the Nets

Coming off a tough loss at San Antonio the Miami Heat continue their three game road trip in Mexico City to take on the Brooklyn Nets Saturday. Meanwhile the Nets are playing well and are looking to win their third straight in Mexico after an epic comeback win against Oklahoma City on Thursday. Miami has lost two straight and are 11-13 on the season. The Heat are struggling to score, ranking 27th in the NBA at just over 100 points per game, while Brooklyn is tied for 5th at 109.4 points. Something has to give as the Nets are near the bottom of the league in points allowed at 111.4, Miami is near the middle of the pack allowing 104.2 points per contest.

Panthers look for another win at home against Avalanche

The Florida Panthers played one of their most entertaining games on Thursday, capturing a 6-4 win over Winnipeg on home ice. Florida has been bit by the injury bug in their last two games, first losing goalie Roberto Luongo on Monday and top center Aleksander Barkov on Thursday. The Avalanche are a very young team and have been struggling of late, they travel to Sunrise after falling to Tampa Bay on Thursday 5-2. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points with 32, and along with captain Gabriel Landeskog are the top goal scorers for Colorado at 10 apiece. Florida will have to adjust their top line in the absence of Barkov who took a shot to the face against Winnipeg, look for Vincent Trocheck to take over the number one center spot until Barkov is cleared to return.

Stanton to New York Yankees gaining momentum

On Friday trade talks with the Marlins and Yankees regarding National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton picked up steam, Stanton declined to waive his no-trade clause in proposed trades to San Francisco and St. Louis. The Yankees will likely want to include outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury in any trade, like Stanton Ellsbury also has a full no-trade clause. It has long been known that Stanton’s number one choice would his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Marlins could use any offer from New York as a baseline in talks with the Dodgers. Miami traded second baseman Dee Gordon to Seattle earlier in the week, and all indications are the Derek Jeter and the Marlins brass are going into full salary dump and rebuild mode.

*UPDATE*

Multiple outlets are reporting that a deal is in place to send Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees and that Stanton will likely waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal.

Check back for the next Miami Sports Minute for recaps on the Heat and Panthers games, along with the latest news and notes from all your South Florida teams.

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