Originally posted on NBC Miami  |  Last updated 12/5/11
The Florida Marlins are not the only team trying to add a big-name free agent this December. Pat Riley knows a thing or two about improbable deals, and the Heat president has reportedly set his sights on former Houston Rocket F Shane Battier.Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that Battier atop the Heat's wish list. The Heat are banking on Battier's desire to win a championship, since they will not be able to offer him more than most teams thanks to their already high team salary. The NBA will allow teams to begin talking to free agents on Monday morning, but no deals can be inked until Friday. Battier has spent his half his career in Memphis, with the other half in Houston. Miami must be salivating at the opportunity to add a defender of his caliber that can also hit open outside looks. Battier fits all the check-list items the Heat want in a rotation player: good three-point shooter, athletic, and relentless on the defensive end. He even comes with the right chip on his shoulder, as hi...
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