Miami Heat Rumors: Reigning Champs Should Look to Acquire Size

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 8, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JULY 11:  Miami Heat President Pat Riley  announces the signing of Ray Allen at AmericanAirlines Arena on July 11, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat don’t need to make a move to repeat as NBA champs.

But that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be in their best interest to, according to the latest rumors, pursue an additional frontcourt piece.

Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today reported that the Heat do indeed recognize they could use an upgrade in the frontcourt.

Miami wants another big man, which comes as no surprise considering the Heat are 23rd in the league in rebounding percentage (48.7). But the Heat will more than likely be stuck with their deficiency of glass-eaters, as they lack the sort of available assets (player/contract wise) typically needed to get a deal done.


One of the largest reasons why Miami is such a poor rebounding team is because of it doesn’t have a true center in its rotation. But in order for Erik Spoelstra’s crew to maintain its athletic edge and defensive efficiency, it just can’t go and add some 7’0”, 275-pound immobile mammoth.  Sure, that’d solve the Heat’s rebounding woes, but it’d hurt them in other areas.

An athletic board-crasher would be ideal. But because of its lack of assets, Miami will likely have to stick to the free-agent market to pursuit of such a player.

Michael Wallace of ESPN reported that Kenyon Martin is still an option for the Heat. But he only averaged a rebound every 5.2 minutes last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He wouldn’t be that much of an upgrade over Joel Anthony, who averaged one every 5.4 in 2012.

Chris “Birdman” Andersen, however, would certainly be an interesting addition. He was linked to Miami in the summer by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Andersen averaged a board every 3.3 minutes for the Denver Nuggets last year. Now Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting he will work out for the team.

That’s a better rate than anyone on the Heat averages at the moment. He’s certainly athletic enough to fit in. Whether Miami pulls the trigger or not will likely depend on if it believes a minor role player like Anderson or Martin would be worth a roster shakeup.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.