Jamaal Magloire has signed a contract to play with the Miami Heat next year. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Last year, Magloire essentially fell off the map. He played with both the Dallas Mavericks and the New Jersey Nets and was rather unproductive playing in only 31 games and averaging less than 10 minutes a game. I was shocked to see him fall off so quickly for a former all-star who is only 30 years old!
Magloire and the Heat hope that the new environment and team will help rejuvenate his career.
“This is an opportunity for me to re-energize my career,” the 30-year-old Magloire said. “I love this game so much and the fact that I didn’t play last year just makes me more vicious and more hungry to go out there and get the job done this year. The memories I have, it’s all motivation now.”
The Heat anticipate Magloire competing with Mark Blount for the starting center job. At 6-11, 265 pounds Magloire has good size and can be a solid defender and rebounder. If he is able to turn around his career as the Heat hope for, he will have no issues taking over the job from Blount.
Assuming Magloire is able to resurrect his career, the Heat are going to be a strong contender for a playoff spot in the East. Wade showed us during the Olympics that he can still be one of the top five players in the league. Combine Wade with Marion on the break and, my choice for the first pick, Michael Beasley on the block, and the Heat have three very strong scorers. Rounding out the starting five, Chalmers looks to be the starting point guard and it seems as if the Heat got a steal here. Time will only tell on how well Chalmers will play out but it appears as if he will be a solid PG in the league. The bench is improved with sharp-shooter James Jones signed over the summer and former starting center Mark Blount moved to the pine with the signing of Magloire.
Overall, the Heat will look nothing like the 15 win team that we saw last year. Assuming everybody stays healthy, there should be remarkable improvement in wins with the upgrade of talent.
The question remains, when will Erik Spoelstra get fired resign as coach and Riley take over the team?
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