Miami Heat to Hold Workouts For Possible Big Man Additions
Twitter has over the years become the main place for possible news to break. Today was no exception for fans and journalists covering the Miami Heat.
At 11:11 AM today free agent center Josh Harrellson tweeted that he was heading down to Miami for “hopefully the next 9 months.” That quickly gained the attention of Heat Nation. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh followed up on the story and tweeted that Harrellson will conduct a second workout with the Heat. This time around team president Pat Riley will be in attendance.
Harrellson is only just one of a small number of prospective big men the Heat will hold workouts with over the next few weeks before training camp opens on September 29 according to a report by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
According to Winderman, the Heat have expressed interest in Harrellson, Darko Milicic, Chris Andersen, and Andray Blatche. Milicic may already be out of the mix though as there are various rumors circulating that he is either close to or already has come to terms on a contract with Real Madrid of the Euroleague.
The Heat have been looking to add size to their front line currently consisting of Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, and Dexter Pittman. There was a small chance that Miami’s second round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Justin Hamilton, would take that spot during the Summer League. Hamilton has since been stashed by the Heat in Croatia.
Whoever the Heat pick to fill the spot of the insurance big man has to come cheap. Miami can only offer a veterans’ minimum contract having used their $3 million ‘mini-mid level’ exception to lure Ray Allen from the Boston Celtics.