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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 at 4:35 pm  |  23 responses

Juwan Howard Signs 10-Day Contract With Miami Heat


It’s no longer a matter of speculation — Juwan Howard has rejoined the Miami Heat. The 40-year old forward inked a 10-day deal today. Per the AP: “It will be his 19th NBA season, and he’s expected to be with the team on Sunday when Miami visits the New York Knicks. And after the way Heat President Pat Riley described the move, it doesn’t appear to be one made just on a whim. ‘Juwan is a key part of the championship culture here in Miami,’ Riley said Saturday in a statement released by the Heat. ‘He is essential to this team and can still play this game at a high level in some of our biggest games yet to come. He has a unique veteran savvy and will provide leadership and experience to our team.’ [...] The move was one that the Heat were considering even last fall. When the Heat won the NBA title – Howard’s first ring – he was the first player back to resume workouts at the team practice facility, doing so less than a week after 400,000 fans showed up for the team’s championship parade through downtown Miami. Howard said then that if he played again, it would be in Miami. And when the Heat decided in September to not sign him to the training camp roster, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that the club would consider bringing him into the mix later in the season if things worked out. With an open roster spot and amid a very hectic March schedule – 18 games in all – the Heat apparently decided Saturday was right to make a move.”

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  • zogs19994

    LEBRON CAN’T WIN WITHOUT JUWAN

  • i_ball

    Why do they even have the D League if contracts are thrown at 40 year olds? I don’t hate on Juwan but there’s got someone better than him in the D League

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Wow, Riley has really addressed the shortcomings of Miami’s front court. Juwan is still a quality inside player. Birdman signing was brilliant for team chemistry and toughness down low. Heat took a chance and Bird seezed it. He will rapidly gain gameshape and confidence but he looks great already. I’m gonna take a close up look tomorrow at MSG. Can’t wait to see king James live! Fully expect the Heat to steamroll to the finals. Only team that could stop them at the end are a healthy Clipper squad. OKC doesn’t stand a chance this year. Spurs will likely drop to 3rd in the West which will hamper their deep playoff chances.
    FYI, this merely reflects my opinion.

  • JML-G

    Heat vs Clippers finals would be amazing

  • jaycee

    This is true. But Miami have all their core pieces together. They are players in d-league that could dominate Juwan 1-1 or an open scrimmage, but whether coach could trust them in game 6 of the finals, to sub out a player in foul trouble and give them 3 solid minutes is another thing altogether. Juwan is that dude. Plus too many fans overlook the ‘veteran presence’ or ‘experience’ in favour of ‘talent’. Miami has all the talent they need. Its that veteran presence – the key component to winning it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Juwan is the Derick Fisher to LeBron’s Kobe.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    i wouldnt count the pacers out

  • trueballer4life

    birdman will be the x-factor for the heat this year! they will be repeating..!

  • Name

    Don’t count out the Pacers. They’re the biggest threat to the Heat IMO.

  • Ugh

    I remember when Howard was a rookie they said his career could be like Kevin McHale with fewer blocked shots. Now it looks more like Robert Parish with fewer rings.

  • i_ball

    I was thinking about that too. But do you think Juwan can stop a younger much quicker PF for 3 minutes? And it’s a 10 day contract, which means they are basically putting him on trial. Why not try a young guy first and if he can’t deliver than turn to the vet?

  • i_ball

    Don’t count the Spurs out just yet. And there is enough time for DRose to get on the court and start getting fit and if that happens add the Bulls to the mix

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I know everyone likes to joke about Chris Bosh being a dinosaur and all, but let’s be real here: Juwan Howard is the real dinosaur here.

  • JML-G

    with or without Rose, current Bulls team doesnt stand a chance at making it to the finals

  • jaycee

    True true. Maybe there is no intention of playing him whatsoever. Just have him set the standard for the training squad, push the stars hard in training and make them work for it. Positive guy around the locker-room, motivator and probs a guy that will speak up when the young guys are contemplating a big night out on the drink after a W.

    Juwan: ‘you better get some sleep young’n, were shooting at 7am’

  • 23

    Locker room chemistry is very important. Which is why Vets are sought after for every team. The heat don’t necessarily need any D-League spark off their bench. But someone who offers the leadership skills like Howard, will always have value in the NBA

  • 23

    Juwan will provide exactly what he provided last season. No telling what some young buck will do in the finals. Miami doesn’t need that

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    probably they need someone big (physically) with experience. no time for testing with guys from D-league.

  • BenAkiba

    C?MON SON JUST RETIRE

  • BenAkiba

    C?MON SON JUST RETIRE

  • BenAkiba

    C’MON SON JUST RETIRE

  • BenAkiba

    C’MON SON JUST RETIRE

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol i thought he was already on miami

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