Although the Miami Heat aren’t looking for much help it doesn’t mean they aren’t looking to improve their team with training camp weeks away.
Coming off an NBA championship and now the off-season, the Heat still don’t have that true center they have coveted for so long and they seem to think that free agent big man Andray Blatche could help them in that category.
Blatche, after being amnestied by the Washington Wizards, is coming off one of his worst seasons averaging 8.5 PPG, 5.8 RBG, after averaging a carrer high 16.8 PPG and 8.2 RBG in 2010. Despite a poor season, many people will tell you that Blatche is not short of talent but yet short on patience and a whole lot of attitude.
Blatche after signing a 3-year extension worth $28 million seemed to be disinterested and his play showed this past season and with the amount of money owed to Blatche, the Wizards decided to go younger and amnesty him without taking a hit to their salary cap.
While there remains interest from other teams Blatche still remains un-signed, but might be finding a home in South Beach. The Heat are reportedly “very interested” in Blatche if he is willing to sign for the veterans minimum. With Blatche still cashing in from the Wizards, Blatche shouldn’t have a problem signing on with the Heat with a chance at an NBA championship.
With the Heat Blatche would be in a positive locker room with the likes of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade that can help him on and off the court and keep his head on straight to become the player the Wizards saw in 2010. Blatche would have to take on a diminished role coming off the bench for 15-20 minutes a night, but with that he can watch some of the best in practices and in games.
If anybody can propel Blatche’s game why not James and Wade? Blatche at 6′-11″ can be just what Miami needs down low. While he might not bring that defensive intensity that somebody like Chris Andersen would bring, Blatche could be a solid scorer off the bench to complement Chris Bosh while giving them size down low when Bosh leaves the game.
In Miami, Blatche, wouldn’t be asked to be the primary scorer, but instead another piece to the puzzle that can propel the Miami Heat to another championship in 2012-2013.