Miami Heat Rumors: Heat Possibly Interested in Forward Carlos Boozer

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While the Miami Heat already have 15 players on the roster, they may not be done adding players just yet.

Free agent forward Carlos Boozer remains on the market and is still a possibility for the Heat, according to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel. 

However, the addition of Boozer remains a big “if” due to the fact that the team is already loaded on the frontline with players such as Josh McRoberts, Amar’e Stoudemire, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen as backups. Winderman states that Boozer would only be a fit if the Heat are able to trade away either Andersen or McRoberts for luxury tax purposes:

“Now, if you’re talking the minimum, then I could see possible Heat interest if the power rotation (Chris Andersen, Josh McRoberts) is thinned out in the name of luxury-tax savings. The given in the equation is Boozer’s longstanding desire to spend his winters in South Florida.”

There hasn’t been much reported interest from other teams around the league in the 13-year veteran. Though Boozer isn’t the All-Star he was from nearly a decade ago, he can still contribute in limited minutes. As a Los Angeles Laker last season, Boozer averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds on 49.9 percent shooting in roughly 24 minutes per game. If the Heat are able to sign the 6’9″ forward to the veteran’s minimum, it would be an absolute bargain deal.

Andersen is currently on the trade block, so if “Birdman” is indeed traded by the Heat, it would then make the signing of Boozer a realistic possibility.
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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.