Miami Heat Add Frontcourt Depth by Signing Dewayne Dedmon

Dewayne Dedmon With Miami Heat Background

  • The Miami Heat will sign veteran big man Dewayne Dedmon to fill up a vacant roster spot.
  • Dedmon averaged 5.7 points and 5. 8 rebounds per game last season.
  • Miami needs frontcourt help after trading Kelly Olynyk at the trade deadline.

The Miami Heat hope to address one of their weaknesses with the signing of veteran seven-footer Dewayne Dedmon.

Miami’s quest to return to the NBA Finals for a second straight season has been rough-sailing because of injuries and COVID-19 related absences. The team swung a deal to bag All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to solidify their backcourt. However, the team is short up front and with Thursday’s deadline to add the mandatory 14th man to the team, Miami is turning to the veteran big man Dedmon.

Adding Frontcourt Depth

Dedmon was undrafted in 2013 after playing college ball at USC. The seven footer found his way to the NBA. After bouncing around the league, he became a solid contributor in Atlanta where he had two seasons scoring 10+ points and pulling down 7+ rebounds per game. That earned him a three-year $40M deal with the Kings in 2019.

However, things didn’t work well in Sacramento and it looked like he didn’t fit the team’s system. Dedmon ended up demanding for a trade, which got him fined $50K by the league. The Kings did trade him, back to the Hawks, who last November dealt him to Detroit where he was waived.

Last season, he played in a total of 44 games for the Kings and Hawks combined. Dedmon averaged 5.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in only 17.6 minutes of playing time. The Heat will be his 7th NBA team as Dedmon has also played for the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Golden State Warriors.

Coming at the Right Time?

The Heat are currently ranked 26th in the league in rebounding and after losing Kelly Olynyk in the Victor Oladipo deal, they are also one big man short. The Heat were the rumored front runners for LaMarcus Aldridge but LA ended up signing with the Brooklyn Nets. The best NBA betting sites also had Miami as one of the betting favorites to land Andre Drummond but Dre signed with the L.A. Lakers. With the remaining free agent market thin, Miami turned to Dedmon.

While Dedmon is no Aldridge and Drummond, he may be a solid pick up for the Heat. Interestingly, he has a solid 33.33% three-point shooter and could help replace the front court floor spreading ability of Olynyk. The 31-year old can also provide athleticism and rebounding to a Heat team that ranks only 26th in the league in grabbing boards.

Miami has won five out of its last six games heading to Thursday’s game against the Lakers. The Heat are 6th in the Eastern Conference team standings with a 26-25 record but they are just one-half game out of 4th place. They may be a far 9.5 games off East leader Brooklyn but remember that Miami was a 5th seed when they made their finals run last season.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.