Heat consider signing Juwan Howard

Could Juwan Howard join another Heat chase at a title? - Ronald Martinez

Miami's trade of Dexter Pittman created a roster spot.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears reported today that the Miami Heat are "strongly considering" signing Juwan Howard to fill the team's 15th and final roster spot. Miami created a spot at the trade deadline in the Dexter Pittman deal, and it appears no free agents are appealing. Kenyon Martin and Louis Amundson recently found employment.

Howard, 40, played for Miami during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He was a seldom-used player last season, but was a "respected leader" on the team. Miami has won 13 straight games and just defeated a team with a frontline of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, so the Heat shouldn't look for any rotation players to fill the 15th spot. Chris Andersen has filled in admirably as Bosh's backup, so perhaps signing Howard may not be such a bad idea. He won't have to play much, but will continue to take an active role in the locker room during the playoffs.

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