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Miami Heat offer contracts to Kenyon Martin, Joel Przybilla

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Kenyon Martin, known for his defense and seen here covering Chris Bosh, could be on the verge of joining the Miami Heat.
Kenyon Martin, known for his defense and seen here covering Chris Bosh, could be on the verge of joining the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat have made offers to a pair of soon to be available big men, and could find out if they land either of them by the end of the week. The Heat are waiting to hear from both Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla, who have apparently narrowed their choices down and will made decisions sometime in the near future.

Martin is choosing between the Heat, Knicks, Spurs, Clippers, and Hawks. He is coming off-season in which he averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for the Denver Nuggets, but most recently played for Xinjiang in China. He cant play in the NBA until Xinjiang's season is over, which wont be for at least another couple weeks.

Przybilla played in 36 games for the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats last season, averaging 1.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. It is believed that Przybilla is in shape and his wish is to contribute to a contender, off the bench in a limited role. That's probably exactly what the Heat could offer, and it might be worth more to Pat Riley to have Prz at the end of the bench instead of rookie Mickell Gladness.

As for Martin, he has made it clear that he wants to play for a contender, but also wants to get ‘an assured role and minutes.' That may be a tall order on the Heat, who have a rotation of Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony at K-Mart's position and would had to make some kind of lineup change in order to accommodate Martin.