The Heat intend to add free agent center Dewayne Dedmon to their roster, according to Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
After Miami missed out on eventual Nets additions Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge and new Laker Andre Drummond on the buyout market, Dedmon is an interesting consolation prize. The big man has not appeared in an NBA game since his last pre-bubble bout with the Hawks on March 11, 2020.
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel tweets that the Heat have yet to ink Dedmon to a new deal, though one seems imminent, and thus the nature of the contract (whether it is a 10-day deal or a full-season signing) has yet to be revealed. Dedmon must clear the league’s COVID-19 protocols and undergo a team physical before a deal is official.
One dimension that makes Dedmon a unique catch is that he boasts a solid career 33.3% (155 for 466) on long-range looks. Dedmon can thus help replace some of the big man floor-spreading the club lost when it dealt power forward/center Kelly Olynyk to the Rockets in a trade deadline deal for shooting guard Victor Oladipo.
More to come…