The Miami Heat are one of several NBA teams looking to bolster their rosters.
The team is currently without starting center Chris Bosh due to a left knee injury, and center James Johnson is recovering from a torn right ACL suffered in the first quarter of a road loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
But coach Erik Spoelstra has said he’d like to have all three of the starters back.
The Heat are also on the verge of signing point guard J.J. Redick, who was waived by the Houston Rockets on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Spoelstered that he was still assessing the state of Johnson’s knee, and the Heat have not made a decision on whether he’ll return for their game Saturday night in Toronto.
Spoelsa also indicated on Friday that guard James Johnson might be a candidate to play Saturday.
Spoeldsa has made a point of playing Johnson in the lineup against Toronto, a move that he said was due to his versatility.
Spo said that Johnson could make his Heat debut Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors, a spot that he currently occupies on the roster.
He also hinted that Johnson might return to the Heat as a reserve if the team chooses to rest him.
“J.J., when he gets his knee back, it will be a lot better,” Spoel said.
When they can’t, it’s just about getting those guys to be able to do the right things to play the right position. “
When you have guys like James and Chris, they can play.
Johnson has started in five of the Heat’s six games this season, averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 assists in 31.1 minutes per game. “
If we do need to rest one of those guys, we’re going to go ahead and do that.”
Johnson has started in five of the Heat’s six games this season, averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 assists in 31.1 minutes per game.
The 25-year-old also is shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc in the last two games.
He scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Friday’s win over the Bulls.
Spoeltas roster also includes veteran guard Jameer Nelson, who has been a key component in the Heat offense this season.
Spo was also asked if he expected to have another player on the court for Saturday’s game, and he said that he’s confident that it won’t be Johnson.
“No,” he said.