Heat matches Lakers' bid for guard Douglas

The Miami Heat yesterday matched the Los Angeles Lakers' offer sheet to restricted free agent Sherman Douglas.

The Lakers signed Douglas, Miami's starting point guard last season, to an offer sheet reportedly worth $17 million on Dec. 13. The Heat had 15 days to match the offer and retain Douglas or lose him without compensation.


Douglas, a holdout this season, was Miami's leading scorer last season, averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 assists.

He will join the team today or tomorrow, the Heat said, and would sign a standard contract upon passing a physical.


* WARRIORS: When his record-smashing 0-for-Friday was over, Tim Hardaway couldn't help but smile.

"What can I say? I was missing," Hardaway said Friday after his 0-for-17 shooting set an NBA record.

Although Hardaway said some of his shots "were in and came out," the fact is that most missed by wide margins. He botched two layups, shot two air balls and had several attempts that crashed off the backboard without touching the rim.

Were there any shots Hardaway didn't try -- and miss?

"A drop kick," he said.

* JAZZ: Forward Karl Malone is contemplating retirement after this season after his one-game suspension for fouling Isiah Thomas.

"I'm going to sit back and think about it," Malone said Friday. "Stuff like [the Thomas incident] definitely puts a damper on things. I've always met adversity head-on, but there might be some decisions to make."

The 6-9 All-Star said he plans to discuss the situation with Jazz owner Larry Miller and coach Jerry Sloan.


Malone was suspended for one game and fined $10,000 for a flagrant foul Dec. 14 after he went up hard against Thomas.