July 09, 2008
The Miami Heat has expressed interest in several free agents: center Kwame Brown and guards Jannero Pargo and Roger Mason. Agent Mark Bartelstein said Tuesday afternoon he has had discussions about his three clients with the Heat, but ''nothing is happening imminently'' regarding contract offers. However, he said Mason visited the Heat last week. Free agents can sign at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
Bartelstein said Brown and Pargo are not yet scheduled to visit Miami. Mason and Pargo could help the Heat bolster its backcourt. Miami landed former Kansas point guard Mario Chalmers in the NBA Draft and has backup Marcus Banks under contract but would like more depth.
Mason, 27, averaged a career-best 9.1 points last season for the Washington Wizards. The former University of Virginia player is a combo guard but primarily played point guard last season. He excelled in his nine starts for Washington, averaging 17.4 points. Pargo backed up NBA MVP runner-up Chris Paul in New Orleans last season and averaged 8.1 points and 2.4 assists in 18.7 minutes a game. He is an outside threat and thrived in the playoffs, averaging 10.2 points as a reserve.
Meanwhile, Brown, 6-11, could be a viable option considering the Heat does not have much cap space and only Mark Blount is under contract at center. Brown, the former first overall draft pick, has underwhelmed since being drafted in 2001. He split last season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies after being traded from L.A. as part of the Pau Gasol deal. Brown averaged 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds last season in 18.8 minutes. Brown has been injury-riddled the past two seasons, but he also has failed to remain a starter. He could be a bargain for the Heat.