MIAMI (AP) _ The Miami Heat, never warm to the prospect of hiring broadcaster Marv Albert, said Thursday it will stick with its current TV voice at the suggestion of general manager and coach Pat Riley.

``Eric Reid is our guy. We're looking to re-sign him,'' Heat spokesman Tim Donovan said. Reid, whose contract expired at the end of the season, has been with the team for 10 years.

That would leave no place for Albert, who has been out of work since his legal problems last fall.

The longtime NBC broadcaster was fired by the network and resigned from Madison Square Garden network in September after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges in a sex case.

Albert's business manager, Evan Bell, said preliminary talks had been going on with USA Broadcasting, which owns WYHS-TV and acquired over-the-air rights to Heat games starting next season. Bell said Albert was approached during the playoffs.

But the Heat, which owns the final decision about broadcasting personnel, preferred to keep Reid in place.

``Marv is potentially the best basketball play-by-play person around, but we have a good situation with Eric Reid, and we want one person who's the voice of the team,'' said Michael McCullough, Heat executive vice president for sales and marketing. ``I spoke to Pat Riley, and he said to stick with Eric.''

Bell had no comment regarding the Heat's position.

Adam Ware, USA Broadcasting's executive vice president, said he wasn't angry with the Heat for not allowing his company to continue pursuing Albert.

``Would it have been great to have Marv? Absolutely,'' Ware said. ``But if we don't, that doesn't mean it's bad. Are we unhappy? No.''

The Heat on Monday dismissed David Halberstam, their radio broadcaster for six years, but decided against switching Reid to radio. Albert will not pursue the radio job.