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UPDATE: It’s official, Heat sign veteran Juwan Howard

Mar 2, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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UPDATE 2:36 pm: Well, that didn’t take long.

The Miami Heat have announced the rumors that they were close to signing veteran Juwan Howard were not just rumors — they have inked him for the rest of the season, the team announced.

As noted below, Howard is not going to be asked by the Heat to do much other than practice hard to push guys and be a veteran presence in the locker room. Chris Andersen and Joel Anthony get the key big guy minutes off the bench now. In the finals last season Howard played only in the final minutes of the blowout Game 5 Heat win, it will be much the same this year. Howard has not been on an NBA roster this season but reportedly has worked out and stayed in shape. Either way, he’s going to get a paycheck and some level of playoff bonus check, which doesn’t suck for him. — Kurt Helin

12: 30 pm: The Heat have an open roster spot, and a team preparing to battle deep into the postseason could always use one more serviceable, veteran big man at the end of its bench.

It appears that 40-year-old Juwan Howard is the leading candidate to fill that role.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Miami Heat are strongly considering signing 40-year-old forward Juwan Howard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

After playing the past two years with the Heat, Howard has remained unsigned this season. He has stayed in shape and has been working out throughout the season.

The Heat created a roster spot at the trade deadline, sending Dexter Pittman to the Memphis Grizzlies for a trade exception.

While a lack of size and rebounding issues have been weaknesses for this Heat team at times this season, bringing Howard back won’t be a way to fill either of those voids on the court.

Howard’s value is seen more in the locker room, and he knows the team well after being on the roster the past two seasons. His veteran presence will be more important than what he can provide by being in the actual lineup, if he ends up providing much of anything there at all.

During last year’s run to a title, Howard played just three minutes in five Finals games, and did so only in the Game 5 clincher, likely just to get his name into the box score.

  1. stephenolszewski - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Why….

    • money2long - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      just in case lance stephenson gets out of line in the playoffs..

    • goraidersgospurs - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Too bad they dont have 3 roster spots open, they could have sign J.Howard, J.Rose, C. Webber I left out the other too because i have no ideal where they are now!!!

  2. dgbk - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    this move will lock things up for them rap star juwan howard on the heat. back to back now!!!

  3. Michael DeCicco - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Awesome. Great guy to have in the locker room. He was underrated piece of the puzzle to help them get over the hump last year.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Gettin’ the band back together!!!!!

  5. cantonbound13 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    If Bosh Spice could grab more than 3 rebounds a game, Pat Riley wouldn’t be so desperate to sign a big man.

  6. daknight93 - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Juan gotta be 65yrs.old He’s been in the league since early 90’s must be having money problems; Juan just retire and let it go..geez.

    • ravissevens - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Yup, you’re right.. He should retire and turn down easy money and potentially another ring…
      Genius

  7. thekingdave - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Pat Riley does it again, possibly the greatest executive in the history of the league. It must be really tough to convince veterans to sign on the cheap in exchange for a 99% chance of winning a ring.

  8. rickyspanish - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    cantonbound13

    How about them Knicks? Keep on trollin the Heat goofball, you know who the Eastern Conference belongs to.

  9. daddyghi - Mar 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Man! he can possibly become a 2 time champion before he retires..

  10. eflem80 - Mar 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I didn’t know he wasn’t on the team….

  11. DonRSD - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Too bad he wasn’t signed earlier, he could’ve been in the classic Harlem Shake video lol

  12. thestudiokida - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Time to re-shoot the Harlem Shake video. Get Juwan in there!

    • money2long - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      maybe he was the camera man

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