The Orlando Sentinel had this little tidbit tucked away inside an article on the upcoming Magic season:
Former Magic GKeyon Doolingannounced he was retiring — at least for a few minutes. Word is he'd be interested in joining the Heat. Who isn't? ...
This raises some questions. First, is this legit or just a figment of the writer's imagination? If Keyon is not really retiring, did the Celtics force him out for some reason? That seems rather odd since they just signed him. And, it wasn't a spur of the moment signing because Danny knew at draft time they'd be bringing him back because he wouldn't give Fab #51. The Celtics really seemed to be happy he was coming back. Did they waive him because they changed their minds and then he decided to retire because he was tired of going to a different team every other year?
On the other hand, if the Celtics didn't force him out, and if he did tell the Celtics he wanted to retire so they would waive him, was it because someone (like Ray Allen) contacted him to tell him he was wanted in Miami? Wouldn't that be player tampering? And Keyon has always been a professional and very classy. I just don't see it. Of course, there is the fact that just about every player on every team has at one time been rumored to be interested in joining the Heat. So there's that. This is very curious and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Ok, Chris Forsberg comes through again on this. He just tweeted that there's no truth to this rumor, so my first thought that it was a figment of the writer's imagination was right.
He also reports that it was Dooling's decision to walk away and he is at peace with his decision. So, there you have it.
Keyon Dooling's agent Kenge Stevenson says there's no truth to suggestion that his client is interested in playing for Miami Heat.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) September 22, 2012