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Miami Heat Trade Rumors: Team May Target Shane Battier In NBA Free Agency

With the NBA lockout now over, NBA teams are looking ahead to a shortened and hectic free agency signing period. It appears Pat Riley and the Miami Heat are looking to add Shane Battier to the mix. Via the

Starting Monday, teams can begin making direct, face-to-face pitches to free agents, after being limited to contact with player agents since Wednesday. The post-lockout starting point for free-agent signings remains Friday, which is also when training camps will open in advance of the lockout-shortened 66-game schedule that for the Heat opens Dec. 25 on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

According to Yahoo, the Heat's initial push will come toward Memphis Grizzlies free-agent forward Shane Battier, who essentially would take over the reserve-swingman role the Heat envisioned last season for injury-plagued Mike Miller. Battier, however, would provide a higher level of defensive deterrence on the wing, easing such burdens for James and Dwyane Wade.

The Grizzlies are expected to focus their efforts on re-signing center Marc Gasol, so Battier will most likely be available to the highest possible bidder, though the Heat only have their $5 million mid-level exception available.

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