The Miami Heat announced their second wave of roster cuts today, waiving bubble players Rodney Carney and Jarvis Varnado hours before the team’s last NBA preseason game against the New Orleans Hornets.
These cuts are not surprising, given how training camp has unfolded with the Heat.
Carney had a very slim chance at making the roster as he was one of the the last two players signed by Miami before camp started, the other being the already waived Robert Dozier. He did make the most of the time he was given on the floor with flashes of scoring and defense. Unfortunately for Carney, he faced an uphill battle given the position he plays, even as Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra kept emphasizing his philosophy of ‘position-less’ basketball. Simply put, Miami has too many players at the 3 for Carney to be able to stay. Look for him to be picked up by another NBA team some time this season.
Varnado came into camp as a dark horse to make the roster. An injury suffered early quickly derailed his prospects; he was not able to show the coaches and fans what he was capable of on the court. This hurt Varnado as he was mainly known for his shot blocking. Since he couldn’t step on the court during games, all the Heat had to go on in evaluating him was practice sessions. That is not a formula to make a roster with other prospects having real real game time experience. Look for Miami to try to retain his rights and stash him back overseas.
With these cuts made, the Heat roster now stands at 16. Seeing as Dexter Pittman is no longer being considered a bubble player, while Josh Harrellson, Terrel Harris, and Garrett Temple are vying for the last two roster spots. Harrellson has an edge among the three due to him being a center and the Heats’ need at that position. That makes tonight’s nationally-televised game the last chance Harris and Temple will have to show that they belong in Miami.