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Old 11-28-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Tons of free agents hope to join Heat

South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports:

Still more than a week from the Dec. 9 post-lockout start of the NBA free-agency period, the Heat already have words of interest from Samuel Dalembert, expressions of interest from Shane Battier, and an open dialogue with Caron Butler, three of the more intriguing free-agent prospects in the Heat's spending range.

Dalembert, the native of Haiti who has a home in Boca Raton, told Fox Sports Florida that he would be intrigued to line up in the middle of a lineup that features LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Dalembert said it "would be fantastic" to play for the Heat, but there certainly would be hurdles to clear. Foremost, Dalembert earned $13.4 million last season from the Sacramento Kings, with the Heat's bidding power limited to the $5 million mid-level exception.

Battier, by contrast, earned $7.4 million last season, so it would not be as severe a pay cut. The Memphis Grizzlies forward has mentioned several possible landing spots on his Twitter account, including the Heat, having worked with Heat executive Nick Arison when the two attended Duke.
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