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Heat Notes: Howard, Lewis, Andersen, Pittman

News and notes out of South Beach courtesy of the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman..

  • It's not yet known if Juwan Howard, who turns 40 in February, will return for a third season with the Heat, but he has been working out at AmericanAirlines Arena.  Dwyane Wade suggested that Howard could return to Miami as an assistant coach.  The Heat are expected to keep their coaching staff intact, but Howard could be tacked on as an extra assistant who sits behind the bench.
  • While there has been a great deal of talk surrounding the idea of "position-less" basketball in Miami, Wade says that due to the team's evolution over the years, it would be foolish to assume anything about plans for 2012/13.  The club's direction will have a large impact on how the newly-acquired Rashard Lewis will be used.
  • In the mailbag, a reader asks if the club will be able to lure both Josh Harrellson and Chris Andersen to camp without guaranteed deals.  Winderman writes that Harrellson doesn't seem likely to land a guaranteed deal but Anderson has already turned down a lucrative overseas deal and will likely will be seeking a guarantee. 
  • The bigger issue could be if the Heat would be willing to eat Dexter Pittman's salary to allow for multiple additions in the frontcourt.  Pittman is set to earn $854K next season.

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