Heat center Dewayne Dedmon is ready to help his new team in any way he can as Miami looks to establish playoff positioning in the coming weeks, Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald writes.
Dedmon, 31, signed a rest-of-season contract with the Heat earlier this month and is available to make his season debut on Sunday against Portland. He’s expected to provide depth for a Miami team that also has Trevor Ariza, Bam Adebayo, Andre Iguodala, Nemanja Bjelica and Precious Achiuwa in the frontcourt.
“I feel like I fit on the defensive end, helping with the rim protection, helping rebound, getting more opportunities for these shooters we’ve got here,” Dedmon said of his fit with the club.
“So I come in, block a couple of shots, get a couple more offensive boards, provide a little more offense for the guards. I feel like that will help a lot. … I’m not Bam. I’m not looking to come in here and do what Bam does. I come in here and try to fill a defensive void that I feel like they need.”
There’s more from the Southeast Division tonight:
- The Magic and forward Otto Porter Jr. didn’t hold any buyout discussions prior to Friday’s playoff eligibility waiver deadline, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports (via Twitter). Orlando acquired Porter in a deal with Chicago featuring Nikola Vucevic last month. The 27-year-old – who also didn’t have any buyout talks with the Bulls, per Stein – has appeared in three games with the team so far and is set to become a free agent this summer.
- Hawks guard Tony Snell has suffered a right ankle sprain and bone bruise, the team announced (Twitter link). In addition to Sunday’s game against Charlotte, Snell will also miss Tuesday’s game against Toronto and will be re-evaluated when the club returns to Atlanta.
- The Wizards were encouraged with the return of center Daniel Gafford against the Suns on Saturday, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington writes. Gafford had missed the last six games with a sprained ankle. He finished with nine points, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes against Phoenix, playing off the bench. “It felt great,” Gafford said. “With the limited time that I was out there, it felt natural and it felt good to be out there after this six-game stretch where I’ve been missing. It was kind of sore at the end, but other than that I just felt good being able to get up and down the floor.”
6 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Dedmon, Porter Jr., Snell, Gafford”
No point in a Porter getting a BO now, he wouldn’t be able to play in the playoffs.
“Dedmon is interested in actually being helpful”
Dedmon is with 7th team, in the NBA. He played overseas before he entered the NBA. He never went to College. Maybe he has finally figured out his career is on it’s last legs.
Does anyone really want to question when Pat Riley picks up these guys off the scrap heap to help the team?
Why in the name of Chris Gatling, Ike Austin, Anthony Mason, Hassan Whiteside would anyone question this move to bring in Dedmon?
He’s the only Center on the roster. He can help.
Heat definitely needed some size. It’s been a weakness. It’s not Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, or even Blake Griffin, but this will do – even if just to box out and rebound.