Miami Heat News: Heat to Sign Center Keith Benson to Training Camp Deal

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The Miami Heat’s roster is now at a total of 16 players.

Shams Charania of RealGM reports via Twitter that unrestricted free agent Keith Benson has agreed to a deal with the Heat. The length and the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Charania describes it as a training camp deal.

Benson has minimal NBA experience, having played just three career games with the Golden State Warriors during the 2011-12 season. He was drafted with the 48th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

The center played his college ball at the University of Oakland, establishing career averages of 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists.

Since washing out of the NBA three years ago, Benson has played overseas in Asia and Europe. Most recently, the 6’11” center played in Lithuania and Estonia.

The addition of Benson means the Heat have four more roster spots to fill before they enter training camp. The 27-year-old will face an uphill battle in making the roster due to the team’s depth along the front line—Hassan Whiteside and Chris Bosh will enter the season as starters, with Josh McRoberts, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem all competing for playing time off of the bench.

Nevertheless, Miami’s training camp roster is starting to take shape as they prepare for the 2015-16 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.