Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/8/11

Twitter / @SpearsNBAYahoo: Shane Battier expected to ... via kwout

What? Shane Battier is signing with Miami? Who is your source, Yahoo sports??

Twitter / @ShaneBattier: Let's Go #Heat!!!!! ... via kwout

Oh, alrighty then.

So Shane Battier is going to the Miami Heat, giving them either a strong perimeter defender off the bench, or the ability to throw Battier at the 3 spot in a line up with LeBron James running the point, Dwyane Wade at the 2, Chris Bosh at the 4 and Udonis Haslem at the 5. That can be pretty menacing. An already tough defensive team gets tougher on the perimeter along with a guy who can still knock down open shots. And on a team like the Heat, that's something they need (especially since Mike Miller is out for a month with a hernia).

The Heat are still thin on the blocks, leaving them susceptible to size. I'm betting the Miller injury (and maybe, now, amnesty) changed Miami's plans a bit. They could always try to fill that size void via the veteran minimum route. It's unclear what Miami offered Battier, or if they even had their full $5 million mid-level exception to work with (it drops to $3 million for tax paying teams) so its possible the Heat could have saved some portion of it to spend elsewhere.

Regardless, this is a good signing for Miami. They needed a stable, dependable veteran and he fits into their system quite well. He's a key piece that solidifies Miami's standing as the favorite for the NBA championship.

As for other signings:

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