The Miami Heat have added another young big man to their training camp roster.
After a series of workouts Josh Harrellson has finally inked a deal with the team. It is yet another non-guaranteed contract signing by the Heat who over the last two weeks have signed Mickell Gladness, Jarvis Varnado, Terrell Harris, and Garret Temple to non-guaranteed contracts through training camp.
Yet it seems the Heat are going to make a final decision before heading to China to compete in two preseason games with the Los Angeles Clippers on their two final roster spots. They obviously plan to add one young center and one young wing player in their defense of the NBA championship.
Dexter Pittman has yet to meet the expectations members of the Heat coaching staff and front office had for him and now will have to compete with these newly added big men to remain on the roster.
Pittman played in 35 games for the Heat averaging three points per game, two rebounds per game, and more than two fouls per game in just over eight minutes of play per game. He is 6 feet 11 inches and weighs 285 pounds and at age 24 is a bigger defensive liability than Shaquille O’Neal was in his final season with the Boston Celtics in 2011.
Plain and simple Pittman is a hack. He easily gets in foul trouble, is not athletic, and has less scoring ability than Joel Anthony. Harrellson seems to be the best fit for the Heat because he can rebound, is comfortable playing as a role player with supreme talent, and creates spacing with his ability to stretch the floor. Gladness and Varnado will definitely have more to prove than Pittman and Harellson due to their lack of in-game experience but the Heat may have a good idea on which young big man will earn a final spot.