Reports: Heat taking look at Jared Sullinger (if they waive Chris Bosh)


Now that it is past March 1, the Miami Heat can create a roster spot by waiving Chris Bosh. The reason for waiting until after March 1 was that he would not be able to join another team’s playoff roster (although Bosh making a comeback this season has long been unlikely). It’s the first step in the Heat applying to have Bosh’s salary taken off their books (although Bosh still gets paid, it’s a guaranteed contract).

If the Heat head down this road as expected, it would open up a roster spot.

Jared Sullinger could fill that. The Heat have reached out — and according to some reports had him work out for them — already, but things are at an early stage. This is from Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

The Miami Heat could be poised to move on to another reclamation project, with the team looking into the possibility of signing free-agent forward Jared Sullinger…

After the Celtics rescinded a qualifying offer last summer, Sullinger, 25, signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Raptors, only to be sidelined during training camp due to foot surgery. Unable to establish a foothold with the Raptors, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 23 for forward P.J. Tucker and the following day released by the Suns.

Because he was released before March 1, Sullinger is eligible for playoff rosters.

With the young Heat front line, it’s easy to see where Sullinger’s experience could fit in as a role player. The primary question for the Heat in a workout with Sullinger will be “what kind of shape is he in?” Sullinger has had notorious battles with his weight, and if he’s not in shape, the Heat may not have time for the reclamation project. But if he kept himself in shape, the Heat may well have interest.