Sources: Heat to add veteran Sprewell
Nov. 3, 2005
Two high-ranking Miami Heat officials told ProBasketballNews.com late Wednesday that veteran free agent Latrell Sprewell is about to sign with the team.
The officials refused to allow their names to be used or to be quoted for this story, other than to say a deal appears to be "just about in place" and could be completed as early as Friday.
Sprewell, 35, is the lone remaining high-profile free agent. The 6-foot-5 swingman spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves after five years in New York, where he helped the Knicks become the only No. 8 playoff seed to reach the Finals in 1999. The Timberwolves advanced to the Western Conference finals in 2004.
He spent the first six years of his career with Golden State, becoming mostly known for choking then-coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice in 1998.
Sprewell is a four-time All-Star and has compiled career averages of 18.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.
His numbers leveled off somewhat last season -- he averaged 12.8 points on 41 percent shooting -- raising concern among NBA general managers about the often-volatile player's age and productivity. However, Sprewell has played in at least 80 games in three of the past five seasons, including 80 last season and 82 in 2003-04.