• The Miami Heat are reportedly adding veteran center Dewayne Dedmon
  • Dedmon will likely mentor youngsters Bam Adebayo and Precious Achiuwa
  • The Heat are determined to make another NBA Finals appearance this year

The Miami Heat landed big names to ramp up their NBA postseason plans but are still lacking a credible big man.

With big names like Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin off the table, the South Beach squad is reportedly now planning to add Dewayne Dedmon to the mix.

The update comes from Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. The 31-year-old became a free agent when the Atlanta Hawks dealt him to the Detroit Pistons in a trade.

The deal involved Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas after which the 7-footer was waived by the Pistons, reported.

Dedmon had his best years with the Hawks, where he averaged 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and a block in 136 games. He has struggled to roll from there and hopes to get things going back again with a younger Heat quintet. This will be his seventh NBA team.

It remains unclear for now if the Heat-Dedmon deal will be a 10-day or full-season deal. An update on that should come out soon with the California native needing to clear COVID-19 protocols initially.

Known to be one of the athletic big men in the NBA today, it will be interesting how Dedmon can help the Heat.

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors Getty Images | Michael Reaves

Given that he has been around in the league, Dedmon is also expected to help in the evolution of Bam Adebayo and Precious Achiuwa.

Hence, his impending arrival hits two birds with one stone with head coach Erik Spoelstra hoping that his arrival can help add muscle and toughness heading into the playoffs.

Once sealed, Dedmon would be the latest new face to be added to the Heat. Among the new guys in the mix include Victor Oladipo, Trevor Ariza and Nemanja Bjelica.

Along with Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and Adebayo, the Heat look formidable as they try to make it to the NBA Finals again.

The Heat surprised many when they reached the finals last season, but their current cast makes them a bit more stellar for the 2020-21 NBA playoff wars.