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Heat have a few options to round out roster with big man

Aug 24, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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Miami has 13 guys under guaranteed contract for next season and likely will add one more big to the roster before the season starts, giving them a little depth at center.

Now, this guy will not play a lot — Miami is going to go small with Chris Bosh at the five for this season — but they want to have some size on the bench, just in case. Also, this guy must be willing to play for the league minimum.

Miami has a few options. As has been widely reported, yesterday former Knick Josh Harrellson worked out for the team. No contract was offered. The buzz is he impressed with his shooting but as Tom Haberstroh of ESPN tweeted “there’s a reason he’s vowing to do “two-a-days” now.”

Two bigger names are also out there and available — Chris Andersen and Andray Blatche. Both have talent, both come with baggage. The Heat have asked about Andersen and also Darko Milicic in the past, but none of these three have had a formal workout.

Then there are the big men already working out at the Heat facility, notes Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Veteran power forward Juwan Howard was the first Heat player to return to workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena in the wake of the team’s championship. Center Mickell Gladness, who began last season with the Heat before closing the season with the Golden State Warriors, played for the Heat’s summer-league team in July.

None of these guys will really swing the balance of power when signed, but it will be interesting to see which direction they go.

  1. rocketsbb - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    The one guy I didn’t want to see get a ring was juwan Howard, but now that he’s got one can he just retire already??

    • soflasfinest - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      and exactly why didn’t you want juwan to get a ring??

    • moseskkim - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Are you jealous because juwan one? If juwan plays one more year, the heat might win again so ask him to get juwan.

  2. hannsta - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Juwans the man, I loved him in Portland. He just looks like a guy that would be fun to hang out with(probably light up with you too). Definitly my favorite player on the heat. Good to see him hittin the gym hard, need him tip top shape for those blowout minutes :D

  3. thestudiokida - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I’d like to see them ink the Birdman… not that he’s in need of any more ink. Heat dont have much shot blocking and he has always been a great off the bench energy guy.

  4. miamatt - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Blatche potentially gives the biggest reward, although not if he’s out of shape and actin’ da fool. Not sure if he’s been humbled enough yet. Birdman is good for some energy but he’s also just a fiesty guy, a somewhat younger Juwan. Darko would be fun just because he would put Miami a mere Carmelo Anthony from winning the “grab the first five picks of the 2003 NBA draft” race Scintillating! Meanwhile, Harrellson has a jump shot plus a long way to go.

    It’s not out of the question to think that one of these guys could play regular minutes for the Heat, at least until the playoffs start. Dexter Pittman did not look good in summer league, taking full if predictable advantage of the no foul-out rules, and let’s all shed a tear for the notorious Eddy Curry; it appears as though after a year spent losing weight in Miami, the Heat have essentially acknowledged that Curry is finished for good. As Eddy’s agent waits, the silence is deafening.

    • borderline1988 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      The thing about the Birdman is that Joel Anthony already gives you the same thing…under-sized forward who is very active on the defensive end, and brings good energy. Birdman may be a little better at scoring and blocking shots, but Anthony is a better and smarter overall defender.
      Plus, that whole child pornography thing is weird…I wouldn’t want my team to take the first jump at him.

      I’d think about Blatche. At least he’s a big body who can catch and finish. The Heat don’t really care about the 5 position anyways (clearly indicated by the fact that their regular season big-man rotation of Howard, Curry, Anthony, Gladness, Turiaf, Pittman and Harris basically didn’t see any time in the playoffs, even with Bosh out).

      If they dont care about this position anyways, you might as well shoot high and get the guy who has by far the most talent of any of the big man options. That’s Blatche. Give him a minimum and tell him that if he doesn’t shape up, he isn’t going to see 1 minute of floor time. You never know, in a locker room where laziness is not tolerated, Blatche may actually care about his conditioning….

  5. eventhorizon04 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Although the Heat have 13 roster spots filled, don’t be surprised if they add 3 big-men and cut Dexter Pittman, who played very poorly in summer league, if they can find 3 Bigs who can better contribute in the next year.

  6. skinsfanwill - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I thought Pittman would be somewhere near being the next Shaq when he came out. Athletic, young and big. Now all I see is a career hacker who obviously has done little to no work on his game. He looks worse now then when he was drafted. Cut his azz and sign Blatche. There is no way Blatche can pull that mess in Miami. the team is too good, they have great superstars that work hard and can push him as well. He would be a great signing.

  7. lakerluver - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Question: What does Miami and Dallas have in common?
    Answer: They are both going to be “one hit wonders”.

  8. paulhargis53 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Question: What do lakerluver and the Kardashian sisters have in common?

    They all love large black men.

    Lakersucker, something tells me you have a very punchable face.

  9. jolink653 - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Nooo Jorts don’t do it…get yourself in shape and come back to the Knicks next year…We’re running low on goofy white guys who put in max effort and pull down rebounds while throwing vicious elbows

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