Miami Heat Rumors: Amar’e Stoudemire ‘Close’ to Deal With Heat

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Pat Riley may have lured another veteran to South Beach.

Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports that the Miami Heat and Amar’e Stoudemire will meet tomorrow and that the two sides are “close” to a deal. Stoudemire would be the second veteran to join the Heat in free agency following the announcement of the Gerald Green signing to the veteran’s minimum.

The Heat are in desperate need of scoring from their big men off the bench, and Stoudemire just might be the best free agent option at this point. While splitting the 2014-15 season with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, the 13-year veteran averaged 11.5 points on 55.7 percent from the field in limited minutes per game. His 21.1 minutes per contest last year was the least of his career.

Last year Miami ranked in the bottom five as a unit in bench scoring. Their backup big men for the season, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem, averaged just 5.3 and 4.2 points per game respectively.

If the Heat are to snag Stoudemire, it would immediately boost the depth of what is shaping up to be one of the best rosters in the NBA for next season.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.