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Report: Heat made offers to Martin, Pryzbilla

Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:22 am
 Miami is reportedly recruiting Martin and Joel Przybilla. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

You won't believe this, but it doesn't sound like Eddy Curry was the answer inside for the Miami Heat.

According to, the Heat have made offers to two free agent big men to try and help build their interior depth -- Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla.

The Heat have offered contracts to both Joel Przybilla and Kenyon Martin, their agents told Przybilla is expected to make a choice between the Chicago Bulls and Heat, according to agent Bill Duffy. Martin is interested in several teams, with the Heat in the mix, according to agent Andy Miller…

Heat president Pat Riley has been recruiting both players as the Heat look to add depth to their frontcourt.

Martin most recently was in China honoring his contract with Xinjiang, but left the team in December. Because of Chinese Basketball Association rules, Martin wouldn't be eligible to sign with the Heat for another two weeks until Xinjiang's season is over. Martin has also been recruited by the Lakers, Spurs Knicks and Hawks. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for the Nuggets last year.

Przybilla has been retired because of injury issues, but according to the report is healthy and "believes he can contribute to a contender in a limited role off the bench." Przybilla is reportedly expected to make a decision between the Heat and Bulls by the end of the week.

Przybilla played in 36 games for the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats last season, averaging 1.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

The Heat obviously are desperate for a big man to provide some post scoring, toughness and rebounding on the inside. Joel Anthony is solid, but behind him is Curry, Juwan Howard and Dexter Pittman. If Przybilla is truly healthy, having his 7-1 frame on the block would surely help LeBron and Wade.

Same goes for Martin, who added to a frontcourt of Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem would give Miami quite the trio of power forwards. It's doubtful the Heat would look to sign both.

The Heat's roster stands at 15 so if one were to sign, a cut would have to be made. Curry is the obvious candidate as he has a non-guaranteed contract with Miami.

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:36 am

Report: Heat made offers to Martin, Pryzbilla

Either way it doesn't matter who the Heat sign... they will still be inferior in the post.  Chicago just has too much depth with back-ups Omer Asik and Taj Gibson, who could start for plenty of teams in the league.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:03 am

Report: Heat made offers to Martin, Pryzbilla

If this is true and does happen I'm going to be ticked off.  Mitch Kupchak, what are you doing?  Odom and Shannon Brown have been replaced with two bags of potatoe chips and Coke, Kobe's minutes are up, there's limited rotation for the bigs, you couldn't get Chris Paul, and NOW you can't woo K-mart to play in LA instead of Miami?  If he goes to Miami it will be official that there's a changing of the guard in the NBA.  Lakers are clearly on the decline.  Mitch K. better get busy or this is going to get really ugly.

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