NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Must Pursue Chris Kaman If He's Bought out

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 16, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 28:  Chris Kaman #35 of the New Orleans Hornets tries to move against Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 99-95. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat still need a veteran big man to shore up their interior offense and defense. Their performance last night against the shorthanded Chicago Bulls was proof.

As the trading deadline passed, the Heat and others are awaiting a possible Hornets' buyout of Chris Kaman. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel reports:

Because of that, what didn't happen around the league Thursday potentially was of greater impact to the Heat than the flurry of moves. Foremost, New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman and Boston Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal, each in the final years of their contracts, were not dealt, leaving them as potential Heat targets should buyouts be negotiated with their current teams. 

Bulls' big men outscored the Heat's bigs 24-16 in last night's game. They out-rebounded them 26-12 in one of the worst performances I've ever seen from Chris Bosh.

He had 12 points and three rebounds on 3-of-15 shooting with three rebounds and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

Sure, Bosh won't put up many stinkers like that, but the Heat don't have much to take up the slack when he's less than his best. Also, the team must realize that they still have a 6'8" Joel Anthony starting at center.

His ability to defend bigger players, and athletes like LeBron James are able to hide this issue, but imagine if they had a legit big in the middle. 

As it stands, against teams with size like the Bulls, Magic and Lakers, they are vulnerable.

Kaman is a true seven-footer, with a big body at 265 pounds. He is averaging 12 points and eight rebounds per game this season.

Production like that would easily make him the team's best center.

He is also averaging over a block per game, so he would add a shot-blocker in the middle of the Heat's defense.

Right now, the book on the Heat is to play zone on defense, and to pound the ball inside offensively. Kaman helps the Heat handle both strategies better.

With he and Bosh on the floor at the same time, they could run high-low to give a new entry point against the zone. On defense his physical presence is very much needed to contend with teams with a solid big man.

The Heat should be waiting by the phone to pounce on Kaman if he is bought out. Heat fans caution, they won't be alone in their pursuit of him. If he wants the best shot at a ring, he'll chose Miami.

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