Howard could sign with Heat

The Miami Heat have targeted free-agent forward Juwan Howard(notes) as they continue to shape their roster around LeBron James(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes) and Chris Bosh(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Howard could sign a contract for the $1.4 million veteran’s minimum next week. The Heat also hope to reach deals with guard Mike Miller(notes) and forward Udonis Haslem(notes) after James, Wade and Bosh agreed to take less than the maximum salary in their new six-year contracts.

Howard, 37, helped fill in for injured centers Greg Oden(notes) and Joel Przybilla(notes) last season while becoming an effective member of the Portland Trail Blazers’ rotation. He averaged six points and 4.6 rebounds in 73 games.

“We’ve talked, but we haven’t finalized anything yet,” Howard told Yahoo! Sports.

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Updated Saturday, Jul 10, 2010