The Miami Heat have signed Juwan Howard to a 10-day contract.

“Juwan is a key part of the championship culture here in Miami,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. "He is essential to this team and can still play this game at a high level in some of our biggest games yet to come. He has a unique veteran savvy and will provide leadership and experience to our team.”

Howard appeared in 28 games for the Heat last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.8 minutes.

The Heat currently have the maximum 15 players under contract.