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Ayos yung jersey na yan ah! :P
Pat Riley: Heat do not need to add veteran center
By Ira Winderman South Florida Sun Sentinel
2:21 p.m. EDT, August 2, 2012
On a roster that has only Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman under contract at center, Miami Heat President Pat Riley has reiterated that he sees no need to aggressively pursue a veteran in free agency.
"We definitely are going to continue to look for somebody in that spot, but unless there's an injury, we really don't need a center," Riley said during an appearance on WQAM.
Among veteran big men who remain available are Darko Milicic, Chris Andersen, Jermaine O'Neal, Ben Wallace, Lou Amundson, Joel Przybilla and Andray Blatche. But as he has since the Heat won the 2012 NBA championship with Chris Bosh as the team's starting center, Riley said he believes the team is covered at the position.
"We signed Chris, basically, in my mind, fully in my mind, not in the back of my mind, he was probably going to be our center in critical situations," Riley said on the Joe Rose Show. "And, so, Chris Bosh is a power forward, he's a Tim Duncan-type player, but when you watch the San Antonio Spurs play, Tim is in the middle. That's all there is to it."
To a degree, that could have free-agent centers backing off the Heat as a potential landing spot, considering how, over the past two seasons, the likes of Anthony, Ronny Turiaf, Erick Dampier and Zydrunas Ilguaskas have watched the NBA Finals from the team's bench.
"When you're playing at the highest, you're going to be playing with Chris Bosh and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, whoever it is. That's going to be your team," Riley said of lineups that lack true centers. "And we have proven that with LeBron playing at the four spot, so to speak, that we're so much better as a basketball team than we are with a conventional center and power forward. Now, we will continue to try to find players that can fit in with this team, but they don't have to be center centers."
The Heat essentially are restricted to minimum contracts going forward.
"We're limited somewhat, because of slots, and not payroll, but we can only sign guys to minimums or I'm going to have to trade players to try to find a guy like that," he said of the type of center that could get the Heat to alter their approach.
Amid such salary-cap restraints, Anthony is in the midst of a contract that pays $3.75 million this season, with two additional seasons on his contract.
"We like Joel Anthony as a defensive player," Riley said. "He doesn't score much. He's a shot-blocker. He's one of the great screeners in this league and pick-and-roll players."
If the Heat opt for a low-budget option at center, free-agent Mickell Gladness and second-round pick Justin Hamilton have been working out at AmericanAirlines Arena.
As coach Erik Spoelstra did earlier in the week, Riley said he has no issue with James participating in the Olympics only weeks after leading the Heat to the championship.
"I look at it as a plus because he wants to play," Riley said. "He really is proud to play for his country and this is big-time stuff to him. This isn't just the Olympics and he's over there pushing his brand and stuff like that. He wants to win."
Bosh, who had to remove himself from the USA Basketball roster due to the abdominal injury sustained during the playoffs, joined James in London on Thursday, with Wade, who had to withdraw from the Olympics due to arthroscopic knee surgery, scheduled to make the trip to London for the knockout rounds.
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The new Eddy Curry? RT @ESPNSteinLine: Heat among teams to express exploratory interest in free agent Andray Blatche
Heat, Spurs Discussing Andray Blatche
August 5 at 8:35am CST By Sean Highkin
SUNDAY, 8:35am: Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says the Heat are doing background work on Blatche, even though Miami may not be a good fit for the former Wizards player. While the move would give the Heat an inexpensive yet potentially effective piece off the bench, Blatche may have a greater opportunity to earn playing time on a different roster.
SATURDAY, 6:20pm: ESPN's Marc Stein reports (via Twitter) that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are two of the teams that have expressed interest in signing Andray Blatche. Blatche was waived by the Washington Wizards on July 17 using the amnesty clause. No team placed a bid on the remaining three years and approximately $23.4MM on his contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
Blatche, 25, averaged 8.5 PPG and 5.8 RPG for the Wizards during the 2011/12 season. He appeared in just 26 games during the season, in which he battled various injuries.
Ok sana yang si Blatche kaso ng inaayawan diyan eh yung ugali malakas toyo niyan eh..
Sa Miami hinde pwede yung mga antics niya. Parang Poor Man's Chris Bosh ang laro ni Blatche. Ok na rin siya na backup PF/C kung magkaroon ng injuries yung mga big men natin.
Jarvis Varnado will join the Miami Heat veteran camp
The big man was invited by Miami
Jarvis Varnado was invited by the Miami Heat to the veteran camp, a source told Sportando. The big man ex Mississippi State will join the camp trying to get a contract for the upcoming NBA season. Varnado already informed Virtus Roma about his decision with the Italian club was waiting for an answer by him. The big man finished last season in Italy with Roma after starting the year in israel with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and one of the targets of Roma was to re-sign him for one more year.
Varnado was selected by the Miami Heat in the 2010 NBA draft with the 41st overall pick.
bynum > howard.. lebron's post move > howard.. ibaka at blocking shots > howard imo
bring it! sa palipat ni howard, parang nabawasan ang contenders sa east
nung una kumukontra kayo sa idea na big guys ang kunin ng heat and sila allen ang gusto niyo.. ngayon napunta sa lakers si dwight inaalala niyo sino babantay sa kanya sa heat..
pero yes kaya naman siguro ni joel si dwight + help defense.. lalo na kung si lebron ang tutulong sa help defense from the weak side.. and btw 2 straight seasons nag decline ang laro ni pau.. if babali siya sa 2008 and 2009 gasol then mahihirapan nga yung ibang teams sa lakers.. pero i doubt din na makalagpas sila sa okc.. hindi magiging effective shot blocking ability ni dwight sa kanila..
I can tell some of you are scared/in denial of what might happen if Dwight goes to LA. Gasol has also played well in the Olympics so coming back to his 08-09 form isn't far fetched.
Lumakas ang lakers without a doubt. Contenders na sila talaga but i'm also confident with the chances of the Heat. Chemistry will play a big factor.