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Earlier this month, Pat Riley reiterated his stance that the Miami Heat will not aggressively pursue a center via free agency. Via The Sun-Sentinel:
"We definitely are going to continue to look for somebody in that spot, but unless there's an injury, we really don't need a center," Riley said. "We signed Chris (Bosh), basically, in my mind, fully in my mind, not in the back of my mind, he was probably going to be our center in critical situations.”
While no outsiders, like myself, know what "definitely are going to continue to look" means in Riley's mind, it seems as if the Heat's president is adamant on keeping his current core intact.
As of right now, though, the Heat only have two natural centers under contract: the raw Joel Anthony and prospect Dexter Pittman. Neither big man are considered role-player material, let alone starter caliber.
Nonetheless, the Heat will most likely decide to let one of the aforementioned centers start in the middle, and allow power forward Chris Bosh to slide to the position for a considerable amount of his playing time.
The lanky Bosh can play center, but what will the team decide to do when they match up against the likes of Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard? Obviously, Bosh can't contain these two behemoths.
Simply put, I don't believe the Heat will just be passive and not jump hard at any opportunity to sign a true starting center.