Miami Heat plans to hire Dewayne Dedmon, who is currently free after being cut after moving from the Atlanta Hawks to the Detroit Pistons in 2020, to add a replacement option for Bam Adebayo.
As reported in the United States, The Heat and Dedmon would have arranged an agreement, which will be for the rest of the season, and it only remains for the 31-year-old center to pass the COVID protocols and a physical examination. The Heat need to complete the signing soon, with NBA rules requiring Miami to add at least one player, a standard 14th contract to its roster, by Thursday.
HOW THE LAST SEASONS OF DEWAYNE DEDMON WERE IN THE NBA
Dedmon has averaged 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots in seven NBA seasons. He has appeared in 394 games and started 194 games in a career that has included stints through Atlanta, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento, Philadelphia and Golden State.
His most recent activity was in the 2019-20 season, averaging 5.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 44 games, including 18 starts, for the Hawks and Kings. He was then sent by the Hawks to the Pistons in exchange for wing Tony Snell and guard Khyri Thomas in November, and was subsequently released by Detroit on November 24. However, his best season in the NBA was 2018-19, when he averaged 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 64 games for the Hawks.
WHAT WOULD DEWAYNE DEDMON ADD TO MIAMI HEAT
The main reason the Heat want to add Dedmon is to have a natural alternative in the place of Bam Adebayo., something the franchise lost when it gave Kelly Olynyk, along with Avery Bradley, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Victor Oladipo. Even, in recent games Precious Achiuwa and Nemanja Bjelica have been occupying the center position when Adebayo is not on the court.