Miami Heat Looking At Vander Blue For Training Camp Roster

Mar 28, 2013; Washington, D.C., USA; Marquette Golden Eagles guard Vander Blue (13) reacts during the first half of the semifinals of the East regional against the Miami Hurricanes of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat have 13 guaranteed contracts locked in and can carry up to 20 players during training camp before trimming the roster down to 15 for the regular season.

The Heat signed center Justin Hamilton, now recovered from injury and ready to take another shot at making the team. Jarvis Varnado is also signed to a non-guaranteed deal. The Heat also added forward Eric Griffin, who played for the Heat in the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League, as a training camp body.

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Heat may be looking at adding former Marquette guard Vander Blue, and others.

The Sun Sentinel confirmed Monday through league sources that among those who will work out in coming days for the Heat are free-agent guard Julyan Stone, who played last season for the Denver Nuggets; Vander Blue, a guard out of Marquette who went undrafted this past June; swingman Yakhouba Diawara, a journeyman forward out of France who spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons with the Heat; and point guard Larry Drew II, who went undrafted out of UCLA and was sidelined by injury after being scheduled to play for the Heat in summer league.

Blue was one of my favorite college players a few years ago. Just like former Marquette star Dwyane Wade, Blue has the ability to drive to the rim and showed up big in late-game situations, including a game-winning layup against Davidson to avoid a March Madness upset.


Topics: Free Agency, Marquette, Miami Heat, Training Camp, Vander Blue

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