NBA Free Agency 2010: Penny Hardaway Looks to Sign With the Miami Heat

Christopher ChavezAnalyst IIJuly 16, 2010

MIAMI - OCTOBER 23:  Penny Hardaway #7 of the Miami Heat drives against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on October 23, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The Spurs defeated the Heat 104-87. 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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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First it was Bosh and Wade; LeBron James followed shortly after.

Could Penny Hardaway be the next to sign with the Miami Heat and play basketball in South Beach?

It's a possibility, as he speaks of a comeback tour in 2010-2011 according to the Orlando Sentinel

Hardaway reportedly spoke about his interest in returning to the Miami Heat on "The Bottom Line Sports Show," live on the Internet.

On the show, he spoke about the LeBron James decision and how it came to mind that he could quite possibly fit into their rotation. 

The Miami Heat have been making myriad moves this offseason as they look to return to greatness and win another NBA Championship, while preventing a Lakers' three-peat.

Michael Beasley is gone and the Heat were in talks with Derek Fisher before he decided to return to the Lakers.

Hardaway could be that swingman needed late in the game or off the bench constantly. He is 39, but age does not seem to be a factor when you see a 38-year-old center by the name of Shaquille O'Neal still getting rebounds.

The one concern is whether Hardaway's conditioning is right, since he has not played since 2007.

Alonzo Mourning has been in contact with Hardaway ever since "The Decision" aired on television. Hardaway has proposed a one-year deal for himself, and it will be up to the front office to decide whether or not to take him up on it.

Many speculate that Hardaway sees an easy championship victory this year for the Heat, and wants to just sit on the bench and watch it happen up close.

If they want a swingman that could fit into their rotation and take a pay cut, they could go to Tracy McGrady before Hardaway. At least T-Mac has been in the league the last few years, even if he has barely played.