The Miami Heat have cut two young big men and sadly neither of them are named Dexter Pittman.
Center Mickell Gladness and forward Robert Dozier were cut Sunday night after five NBA preseason games.
Gladness played for the Heat last season but was waived before signing and finishing the 2011-2012 season with the Golden State Warriors. The 6’11 big man was once again unable to impress the Heat enough to keep a roster spot. His lack of scoring ability under the basket played a major factor since the Heat already have an offensively challenged big man in Joel Anthony.
Dozier was drafted by the Heat in 2009 but had never been invited to a team training camp until this year. A athletic forward with limited offensive ability, the 6’9 Dozier was unable to make the team despite his ability to defend and rebound.
Although Miami are a team in need of a solid big man, neither player was able to standout or be more effective than any of the final four players vying for a final roster spot.
Those players are center Josh Harellson, guards Garret Temple and Terrel Harris and forward Jarvis Varnado. Varnado will most likely be among the players that Miami will cut before their Oct. 30th season opener against the Boston Celtics but it is a tossup between Harris and Temple.
Temple has played very well during the preseason assuming the playmaking role that second year player Norris Cole is supposed to be doing. Since Mario Chalmers is injured, the Heat will need help at the point guard position.
Harris played with the Heat last season and head coach Erik Spoelstra likes what Harris brings defensively and he too can play as a combo guard, with an ability to handle the ball and play off of it.
Harrellson’s big body and ability to space the floor is what has separated him from other big men and is what will most likely guarantee his roster spot.