Juwan Howard signs with the Miami Heat to go after another NBA championship. Howard signed a 10-day contract with the Heat, making this his 19th season in the NBA. According to a report from Monday (March 4), this doesn't appear to be just a publicity stunt to put him back on the Miami roster.
Speaking about the signing, Heat president Pat Riley stated that, "Juwan is a key part of the championship culture here in Miami. He is essential to this team and can still play this game at a high level in some of our biggest games yet to come. He has a unique veteran savvy and will provide leadership and experience to our team."
Howard was definitely one of the players that brought more in the locker room and on the bench than he did on the court. He is a hard worker in practice that his teammates just loved being around during the 2011-12 season. He appeared in only 28 regular season games, averaging 6.8 minutes and then appeared in nine of the postseason games for the Heat.
That Juwan Howard decided to sign with the Miami Heat and that Pat Riley sought this out could certainly give the team yet another spark down the stretch. He may end up being with the team for just 10 days with this new contract, but this is a good signing all around. Even if he only appears in games that have already been decided, just having his veteran presence on the bench will help the team again.
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