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NBA Rumors: Rasheed Wallace Would Be Perfect Addition for Miami Heat

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Boston Celtics warms up before Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2012

The Miami Heat aren't in need of major changes, nor should they be with Miami Thrice on the job (or whatever we're calling LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh these days).

But in recent losses to the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers with Chris Bosh out of the lineup, they did prove to be thin on the front line.

Enter Rasheed Wallace.

Wait a second, did you just write Rasheed Wallace?

That's right. The retired power forward recently worked out with the team, according to Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports.

A source close to the situation confirmed Rasheed Wallace has worked out with Heat, but source said he hasn't decided if he'll play again.’

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 7, 2012

With Bosh out of the lineup, the team was crushed in the paint by the Jazz (outscored 52-38) and clearly couldn't compete against the Lakers' big men on the block.

Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony would still share the majority of the minutes with Bosh at the center and power forward positions, but adding a veteran presence like Wallace would give them one more body to bang down low in the playoffs, which are always more physical than the regular season.

And hey, Wallace still has the ability to step outside on occasion and hit a perimeter shot, adding another dimension to the Heat's offense, even if a limited one.

And he'll come pretty cheap.

In other words, this is a no-risk, solid-return type of move, and if Wallace wants to play, the Heat would be wise to give him that opportunity with them.

 

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