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Heat interested in DeRozan, Gay, Batum

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Miami is looking for someone to play as a small-ball four.

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

With the start of free agency just moments away, the rumors have flown. The Miami Heat are said to be interested in reuniting former Toronto Raptors teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, according to Marc Stein and the 5 Reasons Sports Network.

Rudy Gay, who has been a teammate of DeRozan’s in San Antonio for the past three seasons, has also drawn interest from the Heat. Gay appears to be a better fit as a small-ball four for Miami because of his willingness to take 3s. DeRozan, like Jimmy Butler, doesn’t like taking 3s.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports listed Miami as a team with interest in Nicolas Batum, the lanky forward who appeared to crater in Charlotte before a career resurgence with the Los Angeles Clippers this past year. He shot 40 percent from 3 with the Clippers. Christian Hernandez of Miami Heat Beat tweeted that the Heat are considering offering Batum the mid-level exception.