- Dwyane Wade honored that Kobe Bryant paid him one-of-a-kind compliment in his book
- Jimmy Butler on why Miami Heat’s defense has been elite: ‘We got rid of Derrick Jones Jr.’
- Report: Kendrick Nunn partners with NBPA to help single fathers in Chicago
- Report: Victor Oladipo to seek specialist’s evaluation regarding timetable for knee injury
- Erik Spoelstra declines to answer whether Victor Oladipo will play for Miami Heat again this season
- Dewayne Dedmon offers fantastic response when asked what he’s willing to do for Miami Heat
- Report: Victor Oladipo increasingly unlikely to receive ‘anything near’ maximum deal this offseason
- Kendrick Nunn shows he’s been fully vaccinated and exclaims COVID-19 ‘can kiss my a–‘
- Gabrielle Union dedicates lengthy, heartfelt tribute to DMX
- Report: Victor Oladipo will not travel with Miami Heat on upcoming road trip
Miami Heat Pursuing Emeka Okafor and Ekpe Udoh
- Updated: August 20, 2014
Finally, some free agents worth clamoring about. Since the start of free agency, it seems as if the Miami Heat have been filling all the holes in their roster whether it be at the point guard position with Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, and Shabazz Napier or at the small forward position with the signing of Luol Deng and Danny Granger. However, one big piece that has always been missing was a legitimate big man in the middle.
Several sources are now reporting that the Heat are now interested in former rookie of the year Emeka Okafor and former Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh.
— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) August 20, 2014
Although neither player screams out all-star, both big men are defensive minded and are just what the Heat need in the middle. Okafor is a proclaimed double-double machine and has averaged 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks throughout his career. The lengthy Udoh also boasts defense as he averages 1.3 blocks for his career.
The signing of either Okafor or Udoh would be key, as it would allow Chris Bosh to rotate to his natural position at power forward and would also allow Josh McRoberts to add a defensive element to the second unit.