Miami Heat Rumors: Latest on Chris Andersen and Potential South Beach Signings

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Miami Heat Rumors: Latest on Chris Andersen and Potential South Beach Signings
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The Miami Heat have two vacant roster spots and could be looking to add some more firepower as the franchise ramps up to defend its NBA championship.

After the organization waived Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris, plenty of players will be lining up to try and make the cut to join this prolific group of superstars in South Beach. The team is reportedly bringing in a bunch of new faces to work out this week.

Let’s take a look at some of the names being thrown around by insider sources as possibilities to sign with the Heat during this cold month of January.

 

Chris Andersen

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The Birdman is reportedly on the Heat’s radar, and he would be a great fit for a squad that lacks size, toughness, shot blocking and rebounding off the bench.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the organization brought in Andersen on Monday for a physical and has plans to work him out over the next few days.

The 6’10” PF/C spent the first three seasons of his career (2001-2004) with the Denver Nuggets and then joined the New Orleans Hornets from 2004-2006, before serving a highly publicized two-year suspension from the league for substance abuse.

Andersen was reinstated in 2008 and rejoined the Nuggets, where he played until being cut via the amnesty clause this past summer. The 34-year-old has been out of the league since then, but has worked hard to catch back on with a team and could be a solid choice for Miami.

He’s one of the most colorfully tattooed players in the league, a fan favorite and has a motor that just will not quit when he’s on the court.

 

Jarvis Varnado

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Varnado was a 2010 second-round pick by the Heat, but he has bounced around the league and last played for the Boston Celtics earlier this season.

According to Wojnarowski, Miami is likely to sign the 24-year-old shot-blocker to 10-day deal soon, as he cleared waivers on Tuesday afternoon and is now eligible for to join the team.

After being drafted, Varnado spent two seasons in the Italian and Israeli leagues before making a name for himself with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League. During his five-game stint with the C’s, the former Mississippi State player averaged 1.2 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 3.6 minutes of play.

He’s a solid developmental project—as he was a capable defender in the D-League and averaged 3.9 blocks per contest during his 10 games there—for the Heat to stash on the bench and use for reserve purposes.

Expect to see him officially sign within the coming weeks.

 

Kenyon Martin

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K-Mart has somehow been unable to find a team to sign on with in 2012-13, despite being an important role player for the Los Angeles Clippers during their Western Conference semifinals run last year.

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According to Michael Wallace of ESPN.com, the veteran has been linked to the Heat, but there doesn’t seem to be much interest now that there is actually a roster spot available.

It’s puzzling, considering Martin has career averages of 13.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, with his most recent contributions being 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 22.4 efficient minutes per game off the Clips’ bench.

We think it’s foolish for Miami not to at least bring K-Mart in for a workout, as there is still space and time for them to do so.

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