When the Miami Heat traded Dexter Pittman to the Memphis Grizzlies, the open roster spot was supposed to be used for a veteran big man. The best available big man at the time was Kenyon Martin, but just hours after the NBA trade deadline, Martin was signed to a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.
So, who should the Heat pursue to fill out that last spot as the playoffs get closer?
Chris Anderson has been a great pick up for the Heat thus far and is conditioning himself and training for the battles he will have to take on during the postseason. Greg Oden reportedly will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, so there are less useful free agent big men.
The Orlando Magic waived newly acquired power forward Hakim Warrick, who could potentially add more versatility to the Heat’s frontline. Warrick is undersized, but his speed and quickness would fit on Miami, where the ability to play small ball creates match up issues across the league.
Warrick is averaging seven points and three rebounds per game this season and has averaged nine points and four rebounds per game during his eight-year career. He has also shot 49 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line over his career. After playing for the Charlotte Bobcats, Warrick may be more motivated to compete and play harder for a championship. He would also have the opportunity to join both Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers as players who have won both a NCAA championship and hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy.