The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman tweeted today that the Miami Heat will bring in summer league center Joshua Smith for a workout next week.
Heat expected to bring in summer-league center Joshua Smith for a workout/tryout next week. Could fill final camp spot.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 4, 2015
The burly center posted on Twitter that he lost 21 pounds last month. When he played on the summer league roster, Smith clocked in at 360 pounds. He played only limited minutes in college at UCLA and Georgetown because of conditioning issues.
For a team that has gone through reclamation attempts with Dexter Pittman and Eddy Curry, Heat fans may wonder why the team will try to make it work (again) with a hefty big. Without getting into the recent Hassan Whiteside/Draymond Green Twitter snafu, a lumbering center who can't defend the pick-and-roll doesn't work in today's NBA. Whiteside may be big, but he can move well.
But at the end of the day, Smith may be nothing more than the last guy to get a camp invite. He may stick around on the Heat's D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, but doesn't figure into the team's long-term plans.