Shavlik Randolph to Work Out for Miami Heat

A league source has informed Blazersedge that Shavlik Randolph is currently in Miami, Florida, and is scheduled to work out for the Miami Heat on Monday and Tuesday.  Randolph, who played sparingly for the Blazers last season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 minutes in 10 games, is currently an unrestricted free agent and has spent most of the summer working out in his native North Carolina.  

The timing of Randolph's workouts is particularly interesting given that he plays Power Forward -- the same position manned by Michael Beasley. Beasley, of course, has made headlines this summer for his enrollment in a drug treatment program mandated by the NBA. Beasley's timetable for return, according to ESPN, is currently unknown.

But even with a healthy Beasley, a somewhat undersized 4 himself, Miami is short upfront.  Udonis Haslem is currently the only other true Power Forward on the roster. The Heat did take Robert Dozier, a tweener 3/4 from Memphis, in the second round of this year's NBA draft but he opted to sign with Colossus Rhodes in Greece.   This positional shortage has found Miami regularly linked in trade rumors with Utah's Carlos Boozer. 

Randolph might make sense for the Heat given their relatively thin frontcourt and huge payroll.  With 13 players currently under contract and more than $72 million dollars on the books, the Heat have only 5 bigs total: Beasley, Haslem, Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Magloire and Joel Anthony. Although Randolph is not a true low-post threat, he could provide some depth, hustle and versatility.  Most importantly for the Heat, he could likely be had for the veteran's minimum.

The league source would not comment on whether Randolph has had any discussions with the Portland Trail Blazers this summer, although the recent signing of rookie Dante Cunningham and the still-anticipated signing of rookie Jeff Pendergraph makes a return to Portland unlikely.  

Update: According to Sham Sports, after renouncing Randolph to make the Paul Millsap offer and un-renouncing him once Utah matched that offer, the Blazers now hold his non-Bird rights, which "allow... the Blazers to re-sign him for 120% of next year's minimum salary." It is extremely unlikely the Blazers will sign Randolph using these rights.     

-- Ben (benjamin.golliver@gmail.com)

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