After last week's bargain signing of free agent center Greg Oden, the Miami Heat now have 13 players under contract as well as Jarvis Varnado's partially-guaranteed contract (that becomes fully guaranteed if he makes the Opening Day roster).
With the Heat not appearing to be too enamored with any of their Summer League prospects (aside from Earl Clark who decided to sign with the Utah Jazz) and knowing Pat Riley's preference for veterans, the Heat are now ready to shop the bargain bin to find any meaningful value with these final roster spots. With James Ennis and last year's draft pick Justin Hamilton likely getting invites to Heat training camp but no assurances otherwise, there doesn't appear to be a rush to stock the bench with young talent for a win-now team gunning for their third consecutive title.
With Oden adding more size to the team, the Heat could still look to fill out the rest of the roster with one more big man but that still leaves one more roster spot. With just Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole the only point guards on the roster, the Heat are being linked again to free agent guard Sebastian Telfair.
The Miami Heat continue to express interest in free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair, according to sources close to the situation.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 4, 2013
After so much hype out of high school, Telfair has bounced around the league with 7 different teams (and two stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves) after being drafted 13th overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2004 NBA Draft. Although he has put up decent numbers in his career, with career averages of 7.4 points and 3.5 assists in 21 mpg, he has never played with the same team for more than two seasons.
Good potential move for the Heat or should they look elsewhere?
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