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Heat's centers of attention include Harrellson, Andersen


08:07 AM ET 08.24 | A title hasn't kept the Heat from considering the fact they're still missing something up front: size. Free-agent center Josh Harrellson, traded by the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets earlier this summer and since released, confirmed on his Twitter account a workout with the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. According to a source familiar with the situation, Harrellson is one of several big men the Heat have recently [worked out]. ... The Heat also have attracted the interest of free-agent center Chris Andersen, who recently bypassed a lucrative European offer and is believed to be amenable to a Heat offer at the NBA minimum salary, which is all the Heat, operating above the NBA salary cap, have available. Andersen was released earlier this summer.

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August 24, 2012  09:00 AM ET

As long as Anderson isn't in prison, he'd be a decent pick-up. He can rebound and block shots without needing the ball to keep him happy.

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August 24, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Andersen would be a significant addition.

*IF* he ends up with off-the-court troubles, so what? They will have signed him at the minimum salary to be a low-investment role-player. It wouldn't be any major loss.

August 24, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Birdman's age and off-court problems are probably too much for most teams. Blatche has his share of personal issues, but is much younger and has very good skills. But there is something more with Blatche as all 30 teams have passed on him. And it's not like he is being selective. He has even stated that he would be willing to take a D-League assignment.

Harrellson is the best of the three. Young, inexpensive and a good defender.

August 24, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Oh and btw, you two are exaggerating Birdman's issues anyway. It's been fully 4 years since he violated the drug policy. And that other thing that happened recently ended up just being an underage girl who was trying to get Birdman in trouble for having refused her advances.

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August 24, 2012  09:15 AM ET

More boards from their center would be great for the Heat, whom have previously gotten by with very little of that. Andersen's a better rebounder than Harrellson.

August 24, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Birdman is 34.I keep on stating that.Nobody is perfect, but at 34 he is no big man of the future.Now Blatche is 25, Harrellson is 23 and either 1 will be a good pickup, rather a steal for the vets min.

The Heat aren't looking for a center of the future. I don't know why you have this idea that they are, or that Harrellson or Blatche could even be that guy.

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August 24, 2012  09:21 AM ET

2) at some point you have to look to the future and try and invest time/$ in a guy that might really contribute in 2,3 years down the line

Okay. But the Heat just aren't looking do that here, no matter who they sign. Neither time nor money would be invested in Harrellson or Blatche. They'd be 3rd or 4th on the depth chart and getting paid almost nothing.

Production from a backup for no more than the near future. That's all the Heat want here. Signing a mediocre younger guy just because he's a younger guy doesn't make sense with this agenda.

August 24, 2012  09:24 AM ET

I think the bottom line here is that you guys are waaaaaay too optimistic about Harrellson or Blatche as prospects.

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August 24, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Bigger Is Often Not Better, Bros.


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