The Miami Heat may be looking to add a big man to their lineup.
Agent David Falk told me that FA forward Jared Sullinger met with Pat Riley in recent days. Says in "exploratory stages" of finding new team
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) March 6, 2017
The 25-year-old Ohio State product last played for the Toronto Raptors earlier this season after signing a one-year deal last summer for $6.2 million. He was waived by the Phoenix Suns last month following the trade that sent P.J. Tucker to the Raptors.
Sullinger is an undersized big man but has proven himself capable of holding his own inside the paint with career averages of 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
He has been rumored to be on the Boston Celtics‘ radar and be reunited with the team that selected him with the 21st pick of the 2012 draft, but nothing has materialized yet. Should Sullinger and the Heat agree to terms, he is expected to add depth to the their rotation and could play behind Hassan Whiteside and Luke Babbitt,
His signing would also show the Heat’s intent of not tanking and instead go all in for a playoff spot despite their very slow start to the season. They are only one-and-a-half games behind the Chicago Bulls right now, who currently own the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.