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Miami Heat look to Philippines' Andray Blatche as big man cover

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The Miami Heat continue to rebuilt their roster following a fairly turbulent offseason which saw a host of players leave the franchise - including of course long time face of the team LeBron James after his four year stay.

Having re-signed their two other legitimate stars, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, to new deals over the summer the Heat have since added the likes of former Bull Luol Deng, Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts and experienced shooting guard option Shannon Brown in a bid to remain at the top of an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.

Those in charge at Miami are however still known to be keen on adding another big to their roster ahead of the 2014-15 NBA season to provide back up for an ageing Bosh. 

According to Miami Herald's Barry Jackson that big man option could well be a man currently performing well at the FIBA World Cup for his adopted nation, the Philippines.

"The Heat also has inquired about 6-11 free agent center Andray Blatche, who has a home here," Jackson noted Monday.

Blatche upside

Andray Blatche would certainly be a backup option with a good upside, and with the 28-year-old currently a free agent following his two-year stay with the Brooklyn Nets he certainly fits the Heat's current restrictions ie. only being able to offer minimum contracts at this point.

Blatche is coming of a 2013-14 season in which he average 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in an average 22 minutes on court for the Nets - a roster for whom he served as admirable cover for Brook Lopez.

At present however Blatche is attempting to lure a new NBA deal by impressing at this summer's FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Having been fast-tracked by the Filipino government, the former Wizard has been playing for the Philippines in the international tournament - and playing well.

In his two games to date the Miami Heat target first hit 26 points against Croatia before recording a double-double (14 points and 15 rebounds) in a loss to Argentina.

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Heat tracking targets

It isn't just Andray Blatche who is attracting interest from Miami however with Jackson also noting that former Bulls center Nazr Mohammed has been worked out by the franchise last week.

They are also seriously considering brining in Emeke Okafor as they seek options in behind long-time star Chris Bosh and his new maximum five-year deal.

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