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The Heat likely will add another veteran center at the minimum to replace Oden, but it has to be someone who’s content with not playing much. (Barring injury or foul trouble, it’s hard to see many minutes available, with Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen sharing virtually all the time at center; and Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Birdman and occasionally Danny Granger at power forward.) Among those still available: Elton Brand, Andray Blatche (Heat has avoided him before because of maturity, behavior issues), Charlie Villanueva, Ryan Hollins, Ekpe Udoh, Byron Mullins, Greg Stiesma and Andrew Bynum (who can’t stay healthy). Miami Herald

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Hollins, a 7-foot center, picked on Goran Dragic, a 6-3 point guard, with a backcourt Flagrant Foul 1 on an inbound play because Dragic tried to use his body into Hollins for separation to get open against his pressing (again, with a 25 -point lead and nine minutes to go). Hollins pressed his left arm across Dragic’s chest and ran it around his neck as he dragged Dragic from the paint to the Suns bench. Jermaine O’Neal got involved immediately while official Billy Kennedy walked alongside them. When it got toward the sideline, Michael Beasley shoved Hollins away. Hollins and Beasley were ejected. Arizona Republic

“He hooked me and then I tried to separate,” Dragic said. “He was choking me and I tried to get free. That’s it. I don’t know why that happened. It was just a dirty play. I tried to separate but he’s strong. “You have to stand for yourself and get separated. Michael helped and separated us. I feel sorry for him because he got ejected. He was a true teammate and he helped me. I would do the same thing. It’s hard when the big guy is going against a point guard.” Arizona Republic

“He choked Gogi,” Beasley said of Hollins’ foul on Dragic. “These guys in this locker room are my family. They’re my brothers. You’re not going to choke my brother and sit there and smile about it. I feel like the only reason he did that was because it was Gogi. He’s bigger than Gogi. I’d do it a million times. I’d do it for anyone in this locker room. That’s not right to do anybody. You want to pick on somebody. I got a 7-footer to my right (O’Neal) that likes that kind of stuff. Don’t pick on our smallest guys and then to put him in a headlock and hold it for five minutes? I just wanted to get him off Gogi and he threw his fists up at me. That’s when the situation got heated.” Arizona Republic

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The Clippers and free-agent center Ryan Hollins agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday. Hollins is expected to sign a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $1.065 million. “Ryan is happy to be a Clipper,” Hollins’ agent, Todd Ramasar, said. “He’s happy to be back in L.A. and he’s looking forward to helping the Clippers.” Los Angeles Times

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