After losing out on Josh Smith, the Miami Heat are reportedly looking to add size to their lineup in Andray Blatche.
It has been reported by ESPN NBA insider, Mark Stein that the Heat have serious interest in Blatche, but there is only one problem, Blatche currently plays in China.
This means the earliest the Heat can obtain Blatche would be when his season overseas ends, which at the earliest is February.
It’s a desperate move for the Heat, who are looking to add another big body in the worst way.
Taking Chris Bosh out of the equation, the Heat don’t have a quality scoring big man on their roster. They do have Shawne Willams, but he is a very inconsistent option. Chris Anderson and Udonis Haslem are role players, sent into the game to protect the basket.
Blatche, over a nine-year career, has averaged 10.1 points a game. His highest-scoring total coming during the 2010-11 season where he averaged 16.8 points for the Washington Wizards. During that season, Blatche started 63 of the possible 82 games for the Wizards.
Last season, while playing with the Brooklyn Nets, Blatche scored only 11.2 points a contest, but was used mostly in a reserve role, only starting seven games. A role with Miami could mean Blatche once again regains his starter status, as he will likely team with Bosh to be the team’s starting frontcourt.
It is unknown if the Heat are looking to make a more immediate addition to their roster, but they will certainly be reaching out to Blatche as they look to make a run to the playoffs.
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