The Miami Heat are once again on familiar ground, quietly trying to improve the team as frugally as possible.
When the Heat traded Dexter Pittman to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the draft right to Ricky Sanchez, who will likely never play in the NBA, they opened up a roster spot. Ideally the team would like to add a big man to fill that spot. The question is, much like it has been for Miami at this time of the season for the last two years, who can the team get that can actually help in a thin market.
The options for the Heat are limited and mostly have to rely on the actions of other teams, mainly buyouts. Two players that Miami has kept an eye on in case they are bought out are DeJuan Blair of the San Antonio Spurs and Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets. Both Blair and Mozgov have been put in the position of being back bench options of deep teams. While the chances of seeing Blair leave San Antonio due to a buyout are small, the Heat have shown interest throughout the season. The more likely scenario among the two players for being bought out would involve Mozgov as Denver did attempt to deal him before the trade deadline.
Two other possibilities for the Heat may come from the past. Eddy Curry, who is currently playing in China, has kept up his conditioning and with Pittman gone, he can provide some minutes. Josh Harrellson, whom Miami waived earlier in the season, is still available. Since the team signed him to only one 10-day contract after his initial waiving, bringing Harrellson back is still on the table.
There are roadblocks facing Miami should they choose to go after either Curry or Harrellson. The rules of the Chinese Basketball Association prohibit other leagues from signing players as long as the CBA teams they are under contract with are still playing. Curry’s team is currently playing in the CBA playoffs. With Harrellson, the issue will be playing time, which he didn’t get much of in Miami.