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Heat ask about Andray Blatche, work out Nazr Mohammed

Sep 2, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

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The Heat, with only minimum contracts available, want to add a shooting guard and a big.

They got their shooting guard in Shannon Brown.

The big? A few candidates are emerging.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

The Heat, looking to add another veteran backup center, summoned 6-11 Nazr Mohammed, [36], for a workout and meeting with team executives on Thursday.

Among free agent centers, the Heat is most intrigued by Emeka Okafor.

The Heat also has inquired about 6-11 free agent center Andray Blatche, who has a home here.

Mohammed played 80 games for the Bulls last season, setting a record for fewest minutes per game (7.0) by someone who appeared in so many games. At 36, the role he can handle is likely only shrinking.

Okafor is reportedly out until midseason, limiting his value to the Heat. They’re going to be jockeying for playoff positioning, so early games matter. (Life without LeBron is harder).

Blatche is playing – well and amusingly – in the World Cup for the Philippines right now. This is essentially an audition for him. Perhaps Miami has moved on from players of his profile, but Blatche certainly has the most upside of the group. That’s always difficult to turn down.

  1. grumpynbafan - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Nazr Mohammed can shove Lebron to the ground again…but this time he can be wearing a Heat jersey..

  2. seattlesuperchronic - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    I seem to remember when any article about the Heat was flooded with crazy comments.

    Did something change?

    • miamatt - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      OK OK OK, I’ll give ya a crazy comment.

      If Miami signs Nazr Mohammed, they’ll be all but unstoppable. Early in the season he’ll look like a shoo-in for sixth-man of the year, but by season’s end he’ll be the odds-on favorite for league MVP.

      The Heat + Nazr Mohammed = Championship.

      Damn right I love the chronic.

    • elComandanteenJefe - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      @seattlesuperchronic — It may be simply because Heat fans needed to come to the defense of every Heat hater, including those people who hated on LeBron more than anything else (for not picking their team when he was a free agent and the whole decision thing)… yet these same people are all on his jock, swallowing his rod, and drinking his milk being that he decided to go back.

    • money2long - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      The heat are like a used hoe.

  3. deeballer - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    I think Blatche would be a great pickup for the Heat if they can come to a financial agreement. There’s not much wiggle room there cap wise for the Heat to play with. I actually really love the fact that we no longer get all these people dramatizing everything the Heat do because of one guy. Sure it was nice having him on the team, but it seems like the discussion of basketball was lost somewhere and it always focused on one individual. As a Heat fan I was getting tired of a singular focus on one man.

    • balsagna - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      I don’t understand. Without that guy, the Heat have zero chance at a title. I would take the circus and a shot at a title over better basketball discussion on PBT.

      • elComandanteenJefe - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        With or without that guy, every team has a shot at the title; the odds may not be the same, but the chance is still there. Either way, there was no team that could have beaten the Spurs once they got things rolling after their first round scare against Mavericks. The Heat will miss LeBron, but not as much as how the Cavaliers missed him when he went on to win his first championship. In due time LeBron will bring them a championship, but as experience has taught us, there is nothing like that feeling of the first one.

  4. marsh025 - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Nazr Muhammad, Danny granger and Josh McBob.
    Riley is really trying to get all of LBJ’s arch nemesis’ on his old team.
    Next we go after Deshaun Stevenson and try to trade for Jason terry and the midget Barrea.
    Where’s Paul pierce and KG going to fit in here?

  5. rajbais - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    The Heat should just sign him. If it means $4 million/1 year at least it should do it.

    He can’t be given anything more than a 2-year deal.

    • miamatt - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      The Heat can only offer minimum salary contracts. $4 mil/1 year isn’t that.

      • rajbais - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        They can if they can trade someone, but that might be too late. If not, 3 years $3 million works.

      • rajbais - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        actually, trading away norris cole for a 2nd rd pick leaves them with $2 million in cap space. If they could only add the $1 million vet minimum to that also.

      • miamatt - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        You are correct, Norris Cole could be traded- though I think he is the only player on the Heat roster eligible for trade before Dec. 15 (since practically the entire roster signed new contracts).

        I’m not sure if I would do that to make a better offer for Blatche -I’d offer the minimum and live with it if he signs elsewhere- but indeed, any move the Heat make involving something more than the minimum salary will include Cole being traded.

  6. rodge1 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Now that LeBron is gone I want the Heat to go back to playing big the old Riley-way. Small ball is fun to watch in the regular season but a nightmare in the playoffs.a balanced team that can rebound is better in the playoffs than an exhausted running team.

  7. dziner305 - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    @Dan Ferldman…In case you sufer from amnesia, Miami Heat had had a better life than Lebron. Take note of 2006. And where did your Lebron come for recognition? The name written on his jersey doesn’t say: LA, NY, CHI. Miami Heat, as one of the best franchises in the NBA, did for 4 straight years what Cleveland couldn’t do for him for 7 years. We put together championship-caliber team around him. That’s why he COPY-CATs what Miami Heat has done and taught him. WE MAKE CHAMPIONS! #MIAMIHEATLIFER

  8. miamibeatles - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    HEATLES

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