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Juwan Howard about to join Heat

Jul 13, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Heat_logo.gifThis is the kind of pickup we’ve been expecting from the Heat.

Veteran — and we really mean veteran: 16 seasons and age 37 — forward Juwan Howard is closing in on a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Ira Winderman writing for the Sun Sentinel.

“Juwan wants to get a ring and he has great respect for Coach Riley,” agent David Falk told the Sun Sentinel Tuesday “We’ve talked to the Heat. There’s a mutual interest. That’s all I feel comfortable saying at this point.”

You can’t run Howard out there long minutes, but last year in a limited role he was fine. He played about 22 minutes a game for the Blazers last season, giving them 6 points (shooting 50 percent) and 4.6 rebounds per game. He’s not anywhere near his peak, but in a limited role in a forward rotation with Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem could give the Heat some useful minutes.

Terms of the deal still being hammered out, but this will be for the veterans’ minimum.

  1. DIE FAKERS!!! - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    To all you LA Faker Fans and members of the Mambateer Club… you can make fun of the fact that JH is 37 years old, but the fact remains.. Pat Riley can go down to the park and draft the old man that feeds the ducks by the pond and then tell him his job is to draw charges in the paint and Miami is still gonna be a BEAST. LIVE WITH IT!!!

  2. Hoops Fan - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    I think you are mistaken. Actually, this has nothing to do with hate. The Heat should be a very good team. In fact, if they don’t end up winning 3 or 4 titles, it will be considered a disappointment, and probably even an overall failure. However, the current Heat roster lacks size. Juwan Howard is a decent role player, but he will be 38 before the start of the playoffs, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is 35. The Heat, as the roster currently stands, do have problems with size.
    The issue is therefore not about people “hating” on the Heat. Its about the fact that some Heat fans apparently don’t recognize the potential problems they are going to have with rebounding and interior defense. All they come back with is that the Big Three will simply out score everyone else in the NBA, and it simmply doesn’t matter who the Heat throw out on the court.
    As I’ve said before, luckily for the Heat, Pat Riley is in charge, and I’m confident Riley understand recognizes the weaknesses and problems with the current roster, and I trust he will do what it takes to correct those problems. However, it’s still surprising to read how little Heat fans apparently understand basketball.
    Only time will tell. In the end, all these matters will be decided on the court. I’m just surprised that there are apparently no Heat fans that understand the importance of size in basketball. Again, luckily for all of you, Pat Riley understand and he will work to correct the problems.

  3. Kobe is the man. - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Kobe is “The King” from now on.
    LeBron had a lot of balls to screw over his HOMETOWN… His friggin loyal fanbase and hometown. He will live to regret that decision.

  4. NewEnglandLakerGirl - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I’m not quite sure why these discussions are still going on. Miami has 3 superstar players who are still all in the 20’s. They should win a few championships at some point, maybe even this year. However, LeBron, from this point forward, is no longer part of the conversation of “the greatest basketball player ever.” That’s over. I’m a HUGE Laker fan. Never was a fan of Michael Jordan. But the other day when Michael Jordan said Kobe was better than LeBron, that ended the discussion. PERIOD. So whatever LeBron does from this point on, good, It still won’t mean much. He’s NOT the king.

  5. hector - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    alll of you are haters, MIAMI will win AT least 3 championships… you all hate lebron now because he dissed your pathetic team.

  6. Lebrosh Wade - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    All you haters are flat our jealous. If your sorry teams had an opportunity to get any of these dudes you would have. The only fans that can talk right now are the Laker’s because they are the defending champs….but not for long!!

  7. Rambo999 - Jul 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    KWAME BROWN!!! Wade and Lebron are my fav players for years now but they need size. size and defense not 6’8″ howard at 40 years old with a cane. GET KWAME who is still young and at 275 pounds can slow down some big guys like howard bynum and gasol

  8. dustin - Jul 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    howard 40 years old. really! wow, please get a big man that can move (anyone over 33 cannot move) KWAME BROWN or some 7 foot guy under 30

  9. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Here is what really bothers me. Nobody said anything when former laker great jerry west basically gave Paul Gasol to the lakers when he was GM of Memphis and the same can be said for Kevin Mchale as Pres. of Minn. he gave the celtics Kevin Garnett. I wonder where thier loyalties were when they made these deals. I am saying that to say that so many shaddy things go on in the NBA without question and no one says a word. The heat deal was on the up and up. All of these young men could have made more money else where but they choose to play together. When the decision was made is irrelevant the fact is they are going to be the real deal so leave them alone and watch them do what they do. Will they have struggles yes but in the end trhey will prevail,. The shady deals have all ready been made and no one said a word. Kevin M

  10. AreYouSerious? - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Have you seen the Heat roster lately? They have a slew of big men and a capable bench. A starting five of Wade, Lebron, Miller, Bosh, and Ilgauskas. They have Haslem, Jones, Chalmers, and Maligore to come off the bench, and all those guys are quality role players. Everyone can hate on the Heat and try to discount what this team is going to do, but bottom line is they are going to dominate. It will take a little time for this team to gel, but not 2-3 years like someone else said. I’ll give them to the all-star break before they are firing on all cylinders (and even before they gel they will still be winning 70% of their games). No team will be able to shut them down. You can stop one, maybe two, but not all three.

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