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Heat: Alston has not made contact

Updated: March 11, 2010, 5:32 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Rafer Alston's absence from the Miami Heat took another turn Wednesday, with the team denying that the embattled point guard was told shortly before his sudden departure he would no longer get playing time.

Alston was quoted by ESPN.com saying that he chose to leave because of a personal issue involving a family member, plus said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told him that he "wouldn't be playing any more."

On Wednesday, Spoelstra -- who, like the rest of the Heat organization, ...

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