Magloire inks deal with Heat

MIAMI (AP) - The Heat signed former All-Star center Jamaal
Magloire on Tuesday, four days after agreeing to basic terms with
the nine-year veteran.
The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Magloire has averaged 8.6 points and
7.2 rebounds in his career. He spent his first five seasons with
the Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets, and has now been with five
teams since the start of the 2005-06 season - Milwaukee, Portland,
New Jersey, Dallas and now Miami.
"He will dramatically support our post position," Heat
president Pat Riley said. "He is an excellent rebounder with a big
body. On the defensive end he will plug up the paint and the
offensive end he can score. We feel that this is definitely the
right place for him to re-energize his career."
The Heat sought another big man this summer, in part because
veteran Alonzo Mourning - who suffered a serious knee and leg
injury last December - is not expected back before the regular
season begins. Mourning has said several times he will cancel plans
to retire if his body allows him to continue playing this coming
season.
Magloire averaged 1.8 points in 31 games last season with New
Jersey and Dallas. His best season with 2003-04, when he averaged
13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds for New Orleans and earned his lone
All-Star selection.

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