Originally posted on NBC Miami  |  Last updated 12/8/11
The Miami Heat have made a move to upgrade their bench ahead of the start of NBA season later this month, agreeing to a contract with forward Shane Battier. Battier announced his intention to join the Heat on his Twitter feed, saying the chance to win a championship was the major factor behind his decision. "The Lockout gave me a lots of time to consider what was important to me at this stage of my life and career," he tweeted. "Over the last week, I've played out every scenario in my head over and over. It always came back to one thing for me: a winning role." Battier also gave a shout out to notable Heat season ticket-holder Jimmy Buffett, saying, "I would like to quote the great poet Jimmy Buffett and take my chances 'Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.'" Battier has the reputation of a sterling defender who can take on opponents' perimeter players and sink an open jumper or two when the opportunity arises. A career 38.5% three-point shooter, he should get plenty of open look...
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