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Report: Miami Heat set to sign former player in time for playoff run

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Currently in the midst of a battle for the third seed in the Eastern Conference with four games to go and with one eye on the upcoming playoffs, the Miami Heat look set to add depth to their roster in the form of a familiar face.

As first reported by The Vertical's Shams Charania, the South Florida franchise are in talks with free agent forward Dorell Wright about a deal lasting through the postseason.

Wright spent six years with the Heat after being drafted by the team with the 19th pick of the 2004 draft. He hasn't played in the NBA this season, however, and was most recently with the Beikong Fly Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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Per Charania's report, the 30-year-old is in Miami discussing a possible deal as we speak and could re-sign with the Heat as early as Sunday. With two roster spots currently free, signing Wright would leave Miami with one space still available as they head into the postseason.

The veteran forward has averaged 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his 11 year NBA career to date, spending time with the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and, most recently, the Portland Trail Blazers during that time.

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Playing in the CBA this year, he has averaged 24.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.

While Wright won't be expected to see huge minutes should he complete a move to Miami, the 6-foot-7 forward will provide increased options off the bench. Known as a solid three-point shooter - averaging .365 from behind the arc in his NBA career - he also has the potential to keep the scoreboard ticking over while Miami's core gets a rest.

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Wright's previous relationship with many of the Heat staff and players should also mean a smooth transition. He knows Dwyane Wade well and has a good working relationship with Erik Spoelstra, and Miami coaches Keith Smart and Chris Quinn.

The signing, should it be completed, isn't going to make or break the Miami Heat's season but it increases their options as they plan for the postseason.

If Wright takes his place on the roster on Sunday, it would make him available for the Heat's final four games of the regular season.

In a battle with Atlanta, Boston and Charlotte for the third seed in the East, his arrival could be very timely indeed as Spoelstra looks to juggle clinching a high seed with giving his starters as much rest as possible ahead of the playoffs.

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Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
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Dwyane Wade
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
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