Juwan Howard about to join Heat


Thumbnail image for Heat_logo.gifThis is the kind of pickup we’ve been expecting from the Heat.

Veteran — and we really mean veteran: 16 seasons and age 37 — forward Juwan Howard is closing in on a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Ira Winderman writing for the Sun Sentinel.

“Juwan wants to get a ring and he has great respect for Coach Riley,” agent David Falk told the Sun Sentinel Tuesday “We’ve talked to the Heat. There’s a mutual interest. That’s all I feel comfortable saying at this point.”

You can’t run Howard out there long minutes, but last year in a limited role he was fine. He played about 22 minutes a game for the Blazers last season, giving them 6 points (shooting 50 percent) and 4.6 rebounds per game. He’s not anywhere near his peak, but in a limited role in a forward rotation with Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem could give the Heat some useful minutes.

Terms of the deal still being hammered out, but this will be for the veterans’ minimum.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.