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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Shane Battier became the first NBA free agent to announce his decision via Twitter this morning when he informed his nearly 47,000 followers (and the rest of the free world) that he will join the Miami Heat.
The veteran swingman served as the perfect hype man for his own show, sending out signals late Wednesday night that he would have a decision for all those interested this morning. The tweeting of the decision was the perfect twist for what could be an absolutely wild weekend of free agent signings.
Players can sign contracts and offer sheets Friday morning, the same day training camps open around the league. Now if we could just get a few more free agents to spread the news this way …
Even Mavericks owner Mark Cuban seemed impressed, although he didn’t seem particularly fond of Battier’s choice:
Congrats to Shane Battier to showing sports media that if they dont change their approach , it will be changed for them. #wrongteamthough
Of course, it turns out Battier didn’t even break his own news. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports beat him to the punch earlier in the morning when he tweeted:
Shane Battier expected to announce decision to sign with Miami Heat today, source tells @YahooSports.