Will C's & Heat be competing for bigs?


From our pals at The Heat Index:

Since they decided to use their draft pick on a point guard and their free agent dollars on Shane Battier, the Heat have been scrambling to address [their big-man] issue. From bringing in Eddy Curry and putting him on a weeks-long weight-loss routine to working out Rasheed Wallace to bringing in guys who are just back from the Chinese league like Shavlik Randolph, it’s been a deep search. They’re not looking for a starter, there’s barely a chance of that. The Heat’s front office is hoping for a guy who might be able to play 5-10 minutes more effectively than Dexter Pittman, who ranks 73rd among centers in player efficiency rating (Curry, by the way, is 80th and the since deposed Mickell Gladness is 78th).

The Index's Brian Windhorst goes on to examine some of the very familiar options the Celtics might ponder, including buyout candidates (Chris Kaman, Ronny Turiaf); D-Leaguers (Dan Gadzuric, Mikki Moore), free agents (Kyrylo Fesenko, DJ Mbenga), and European options (Hilton Armstrong, Alexis Ajinca).

Bottom line: The Celtics and Heat could end up sparring for some of the bigger big men that become available this season. Word of caution, though, Boston won a tug-of-war for a bought out Troy Murphy last year and look how that turned out.