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Miami Heat to meet with six-time All-Star - deal could happen in next 24 hours

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The Miami Heat have had an understated but successful free agency period so far.

They may have missed out on a last ditch attempt to lure LaMarcus Aldridge to South Florida but Pat Riley and co have tied down both Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic to new deals, as well as adding role players such as George Green.

Meeting scheduled

And it looks like they could be set to make another signing in the next 24 hours with reports today revealing former New York Knick, A'mare Stoudemire, is heading to Miami to meet with the organization on Friday.

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Bleacher Report's Jared Zewling provided details on the meeting, confirming the veteran is "strongly considering" the Heat's proposal.

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Role player role

After spending five years with the New York Knicks, Stoudemire finished the 2014-15 season with the Dallas Mavericks after buying out his contract in February. 

Now 32, the six-time NBA All-Star would provide valuable experience off the bench, his stat line last season - 11.5 points a game with a 20.3 PER - showing he is still capable of fulfilling that role.

With Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside leading the way Stoudemire would be a more than adequate player to spot for either next season, especially if Miami follow through on their ambition to trade away Chris Andersen.

Complications

Although the Miami Heat appear favorites to land his signature, events over the past 24 hours may have complicated Stoudemire's decision process a little.

With DeAndre Jordan having backtracked on a commitment to the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, it is thought that the Mavs will take a second look at trying to keep Stoudemire on their books for next season.

As the Mavericks have learnt to their cost in the past day, however, once a team has a player sat down in front of them they often don't leave the room without signing a deal. 

With Stoudemire reportedly hot on signing with the Heat, and Miami president Pat Riley notirous for his recruiting ability, there looks a very good chance the three-time NBA Champions could be about to add another cog to a machine they hope can bounce back in the East next season.

Heat fans: Would Stoudemire be a good signing, or would he be a waste of salary space? Have your say in the comments below...

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