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Heat plan to sign Dewayne Dedmon

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Dedmon played for Miami’s summer league team in 2013.

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Tuesday that the Miami Heat plan to sign big man Dewayne Dedmon. The Heat’s deadline day trades for Nemanja Bjelica and Victor Oladipo left them with 13 players on standard contracts and two players on two-way contracts. Miami needs to sign another player by April 8.

Of course, Miami hoped to sign LaMarcus Aldridge last week — only to see him join the Brooklyn Nets. But Ethan J. Skolnick of 5 Reasons Sports tweeted March 29 that the Heat were monitoring Dedmon’s status.

In recent games, Erik Spoelstra has given Bjelica and Precious Achiuwa backup minutes while Bam Adebayo rests. Dedmon could play in certain match-ups in which Bjelica doesn’t make sense as a backup five — like against the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid.

For Dedmon, this signing represents a coming-full-circle moment. He began his NBA career playing for the Heat’s 2013 summer league team. He last played during the 2019-20 season, when he split time between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.