These cuts were no surprise given the performance of both players in the preseason.
Dozier did show that he can be a shot blocker in the NBA, but overall he is a very raw player. He did take the most out of the opportunity to be with the Heat as the team suffered injuries to their front line. Dozier has his best outings when the Heat played the Los Angeles Clippers twice in China.
Look for Miami to stash him back overseas for another shot next season.
For Gladness, this was his second stint with the Heat. Last season he was one of the surprise players to make the Miami roster along with Terrel Harris. The skills that got him on the roster last season, shot blocking and energy, still showed this preseason. Unfortunately for Gladness the skills he lacks most, an offense, also showed. That negative was too much for him to overcome when being compared to a long range shooter in Josh Harellson and an improving Dexter Pittman. Look for him to be picked up by another NBA team during the season.
With these cuts the Heat roster now stands at 18. That leaves six bubble players in Rodney Carney, Harrellson, Harris, Pittman, Garrett Temple, and Jarvis Varnado fighting for two or three roster spots. There is also the prospect that Miami could bring back Juwan Howard if neither Harrellson, Pittman, or Varnado don’t pan out.