HoopsHype Dexter Pittman rumors
During an optional team practice Saturday at The Sports Academy in Millburn, N.J., Pittman didn't sound like a man who was worried by the rumors. "It's a business and by being in a business, you've got to make business decisions," he said. "There's always rumors. Some are true." New York Daily News
One league source listed the probability of Miami signing Curry at “better than 50-50.” The Heat would need to cut a player for the playoffs, with rookie Dexter Pittman as a likely candidate to be waived. After the Minnesota Timberwolves bought out Curry’s contract in February following the three-way Carmelo Anthony trade with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, Curry started to work again with trainer Tim Grover in Chicago. It’s unclear how much weight Curry lost, but NBA executives say he hovered around 375 pounds when he arrived in Chicago several weeks ago. Yahoo! Sports
While the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce have lobbied for more time with Dexter Pittman, the Heat 2010 second-round pick is over with his initial NBA Development League stint, recalled on Sunday. The widebody center out of Texas who has yet to appear in a Heat game, appeared in eight games with team's D-League affiliate, starting on Nov. 27, averaging 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in an average of 30.6 minutes per game. His latest effort was a 22-point, nine-rebound effort Saturday. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It does seem like the veterans will miss him when he’s gone. He’s taken his rookie hazing well. “I love all these guys, they’re fun to be around,” Pittman said. “Being a rookie coming into the NBA, you’re kind of timid because they’re older vets. But you look at it, they’ve been my shoes too, and they know what it’s like. So I just have fun.” Palm Beach Post
He’s even played practical jokes on LeBron James. “Yesterday, when he was in the shower, I threw a tub of ice on him,” Pittman said. Wednesday? “He got me back,” Pittman said. “I was sitting in a chair, and he slapped me with a wet towel.” Palm Beach Post
The Heat still does not have a legitimate low-post, offensive threat at center. There's size, rebounding and shot-blocking. But not necessarily all at the same time. Big Z certainly was a crowd favorite among the military fan base. He also knocked down a few shots, and drew loud cheers and chants after every positive move he made. Joel Anthony was active and altering shots at the rim. And Jamaal Magloire was an enforcer in the middle. Just don't ask him to shoot free throws. The Heat might prove to be dynamic enough at the other four spots to overcome some shortcomings at center. Rookie Dexter Pittman might be the best back-to-the-basket option at the position, but will he get an opportunity for meaningful minutes as the fourth center in the rotation? Not likely. Miami Herald
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