Heat bring in vet Howard

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat continued their radical roster reshaping on Tuesday by signing journeyman forward Juwan Howard.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported it is a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.

"This is a great addition for us," said Heat president Pat Riley. "We feel that Juwan's ability to play both the four and five spot will be complimentary to what we have put together. He also gives us incredible professionalism and is a perfect fit behind Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem."

The 37-year-old spent last season with Portland, where he averaged 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 73 contests.

Since breaking into the league in 1994 as the fifth overall pick of Washington from the University of Michigan, Howard has racked up 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest in 1,116 NBA games with the Bullets/Wizards, Mavericks, Nuggets, Magic, Rockets, Bobcats and Trail Blazers.

Howard joins previous front-court additions Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Dexter Pittman, Bosh and LeBron James on the new Miami roster as the club looks to win their second NBA title in franchise history.


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