Heat meet with free agent big man Ryan Hollins


Ryan Hollins has played for six teams in his eight NBA seasons for two primary reasons.

Players who are seven feet tall and have any sort of ability will continue to get chances at the professional level, because as the saying goes, you can’t teach size. But once teams have had Hollins in house to see up close what he has to offer, he doesn’t tend to last very long, which has led to his bouncing around the league.

The Miami Heat, still desperate for some backup big man help, have become the latest team to give Hollins a serious look.

From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Still in search of veteran depth at center, the Heat on Friday summoned 7-0 center Ryan Hollins to Miami to meet with Erik Spoelstra and his staff, according to a person briefed by the team. No offer was made Friday or Saturday but Hollins remains under consideration. …

The Heat auditioned veteran center Nazr Mohammed a week ago and also has inquired about free agent center Andray Blatche. The Heat is very intrigued by free agent center Emeka Okafor, but ESPN has reported he might not play until midseason because of a bulging disc in his neck.

Okafor is the best of the bunch when healthy, but it’s unclear when he’ll be available. Blatche would be a fine addition too, despite the knucklehead factor, but it would be tough to see him signing up for a minimum deal with Miami given his skill set.

Hollins played for the Clippers the last two seasons, and averaged just 7.9 minutes per contest in 61 regular season appearances most recently. He’ll be most remembered in Los Angeles, however, for unfortunate plays like these.