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MIAMI (AP) --Shane Battier said at this point in his career, he only wants "a winning role."
He figures his best chance of that is with the Miami Heat.
Battier said Thursday morning that he would sign with the Eastern Conference champion Heat, the club that let him know as soon as the free-agency shopping window formally opened this week that he was their top signing priority -- even though it has some question marks at the point guard and center spots.
It's a Duke reunion of sorts; Heat CEO Nick Arison has a close relationship with Battier from their time together in college. Nick Arison, the son of Heat owner Micky Arison, was the Duke team manager when Battier played for the Blue Devils, including when Mike Krzyzewski's club won the 2001 national title.
Battier wrote on Twitter early Thursday that the lockout gave him a lot of time "to consider what was important to me at this stage of my life and career."
"Over the last week, I've played out every scenario in my head over and over," he wrote. "It always came back to one thing for me: a winning role."
The Heat are not expected to be able to comment on the Battier decision until Friday. No contracts can be formally signed until the new collective bargaining agreement is completed, a process that is now in its final stages. Battier is expected to be at Miami's first training-camp practice, tentatively scheduled for Friday afternoon.
For his career, Battier has averaged 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. The 33-year-old is entering his 10th NBA season, having previously played for Memphis and Houston.
With Mike Miller sidelined while recovering from hernia surgery, and James Jones not necessarily assured of returning to Miami, the Heat wanted to add another veteran shooter who can extend defenses -- and Battier seemed like the right fit. He's a 38 percent shooter from 3-point range for his career, and he had 27 games with multiple 3-pointers last season.
Battier wrote on Twitter that "after much deliberation, I would like to quote the great poet Jimmy Buffett and take my chances Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.'" He soon added: "Down ... In ... Miami."
Battier said in recent days that he was also targeted by Memphis, Houston and Oklahoma City, among other clubs. He's started 81 percent of his 767 NBA regular-season games, though with the wing slots in Miami being filled by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, he'll almost certainly be moving toward a sixth-man role with the Heat.
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So Shane Battier is going to the Miami Heat, giving them either a strong perimeter defender off the bench, or the ability to throw...
MIAMI -- Needing to upgrade their bench, the Miami Heat have landed a significant addition in veteran Shane Battier.
Battier announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he plans to sign with the Heat when free agency opens on Friday afternoon. A number of contending teams had been courting Battier over the last few days, including the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs.
Shane Battier didn't exactly scoop anyone with the news, Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears had Shane beat on Twitter by ten minutes, but Battier's Twitter announcement that he was signing with the Miami Heat was novel in its approach. If not expected, at some point, because we're guessing you're going to see a whole lot more of these Twitter announcements from players...
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If you were looking for a fresh reason to hate on the Miami Heat this year, Shane Battier's come through for you. The Grizzlies forward announced on Twitter this morning that he's joining the Heat. Somehow, a Jimmy Buffett reference made it into the mix. That alone almost makes this more damning than LeBron's The Decision: More »
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OK, this is going to be really, really difficult given the mountain-moving changes that have happened in the NBA over the past 24 hours, but this is going to be a column about how the Shane Battier signing is basketball-smart, financially smarter and simply makes the Heat better.
MIAMI (AP) -- Shane Battier said at this point in his career, he only wants "a winning role."
Needing to upgrade their bench, the Miami Heat have landed a significant addition in veteran Shane Battier.
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Shane Battier's new office will be situated at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
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Chris Paul headed to the Lakers in a three-team trade – There were rumors that the Lakers wanted to trade for Paul and Dwight Howard so they could be halfway to a complete roster overhaul. The Rockets are also involved in the trade. Paul will go to the Lakers; Pau Gasol will go to the Rockets; and Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic will go to the Hornets. The...
With Butler off board, it's unclear where they'll turn to upgrade at shooting guardOn the wild final day before training camps across the NBA opened, the Heat added Shane Battier to an already solid defensive team; the Knicks stood poised to sign Tyson Chandler and the league scuttled the Lakers' bid to acquire Chris Paul.