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Report: Heat make offers to Kenyon Martin, Joel Przybilla

Feb 2, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

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The Heat certainly could use some help, some depth along the front line. No offense to Eddy Curry, but he turns out not to be the answer.

So they have made offers to two free agents to be — Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

The Heat have offered contracts to both Joel Przybilla and Kenyon Martin, their agents told Przybilla is expected to make a choice between the Chicago Bulls and Heat, according to agent Bill Duffy. Martin is interested in several teams, with the Heat in the mix, according to agent Andy Miller…

Heat president Pat Riley has been recruiting both players as the Heat look to add depth to their frontcourt.

If you are going to have someone recruiting, Pat Riley is a good choice. That said, it may be hard for the Heat to land either man.

Both Martin and Przybilla both could make their decisions by this weekend. Martin cannot join a team until the team he was with in the Chinese Basketball Association ends its season (the date depends on playoff elimination).

What Martin says he wants is steady run on a team that is a contender. The Heat already have Bosh starting at the four and bring in Udonis Haslem off the bench at that position. They also play LeBron James at the four at times and occasionally use Joel Anthony there. How many minutes do they have to give Martin at the four?

As we told you Wednesday, there are a number of teams in the Kenyon Martin mix — the Lakers, Clippers, Spurs Hawks and Knicks are the other suitors. Every one of those teams could use Martin and his 8.6 points shooting 51 percent and 6.2 rebounds he averaged per game last season. At age 34 he is not a dominant force anymore but is a quality big.

Przybilla is rumored to be leaning toward the Bulls, but the Heat certainly could use his size to match up with teams in the playoffs.

  1. cluelessdufus - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    why would they offer Kenyon Martin they have Bosh and Haslem

  2. jimsjam33 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Before it’s all over Kenyon Martin will be wearing an LA Clipper uniform . The temptation is just too much for him to refuse. National TV almost every night . CP3 and Blake Griffin . A possible run deep into the finals . His buddy Chauncey Billips feels good about the Clippers chances . He would back up DeAndre Jordan at the 5 abd BG at the four . Reggie Evans is a great rebounder , but he has no offensive game . T

    • cinnalocks - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      Ironically he could be playing in the same town for another team. Clippers look for real but do not count out the Lakers, they are still in the running for Martin and the Title. All they have to do is make the playoffs and a few moves in the next month. In the next 30-45 days much will change around the league, a lot of moves will be made prior to the deadline.

  3. hoodheisman - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    The Lakers are the only contender that will give Martin a real shot to start. The second Bynum is shipped to Orlando, Gasol will be on the next flight out to New Jersey. Martin would do very well with Howard and Kobe drawing double teams and Williams facilitating.

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