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Tuesday's Heat News: Scouts seek 'Heat DNA' when watching draft prospects

A look back at Pat Riley’s biggest trade deadline deals since joining the Miami Heat: More than 20 trade deadlines have come and gone since Pat Riley arrived in South Florida. For the most part, the last week in February has passed without the Miami Heat making a blockbuster deal. … for the most part. -- The Palm Beach Post

Draft due diligence: Miami Heat scouts scrutinize NBA prospects looking for players with ‘Heat DNA’: The Heat’s recent string of wins hasn’t just altered outside expectations. It has even changed expectations inside the organization. “To be honest, in December and January, it looked like we were going to have a top-seven pick,” said Chet Kammerer, who is the Heat’s Vice President of Player Personnel. -- The Palm Beach Post

Chet Kammerer: Meet the man in charge of the Miami Heat’s NBA draft scouting team: Chet Kammerer, who has been scouting for the Heat since 1996 and is now the organization’s Vice President of Player Personnel, has a close relationship with Spoelstra. Despite a pretty wide age gap between the 74-year-old Kammerer and the 46-year-old Spoelstra, they are close friends. “I love Chet,” Spoelstra said earlier this month. -- The Palm Beach Post

Heat still with plenty to overcome in East playoff race: Erik Spoelstra made the concession in advance of his team's eight-day All-Star break. "Everybody is aware," he said of the standings and the Eastern Conference playoff race that resumes Friday for the Miami Heat. "We earned the right to at least be in the discussion right now." And they are, after a 13-game winning streak left his team as winner of 14 of 16 going into the break. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Three things to watch: Trade deadline is set for Thursday — what will the Miami Heat do?: The Heat were once 11-30, but that seems so long ago. With the All-Star break ending this week, Miami will look to continue its winning ways Friday in Atlanta. But before the Heat resume play following the break, they will have to face Thursday’s trade deadline. -- The Palm Beach Post