The Miami Heat continued to make roster moves today by waiving center Josh Harrellson before his contract was to become guaranteed.
Harrellson was brought in at training camp to add size to the Heat’s undersized front line. There was also another part of his game that intrigued Miami: his three point shooting ability. It was thought that Harrellson would be able to help spread the floor and bring out the opposing team’s big man from the paint, thus freeing that space for penetration.
Unfortunately for him, two factors were stacked against him from the start. First, there was the increasing frequency in which Chris Bosh was also taking shot from beyond the arc. Second, his overall game put him in the same category as another Heat big man, Dexter Pittman, in that he was essentially a project. Those two factors turned Harrellson into a bench warmer for the large majority of the 2012-13 NBA season and with Miami’s rebounding issues taking center stage in recent games, it also made him expendable.
This move, along with the waiving of Terrel Harris on Jan. 5, leaves the Heat with two open roster spots. Those spots will likely be filled with big men to help with the team’s rebounding. As it stands, the current crop of available big men is pretty slim. Miami could go after Chris Andersen, whom they looked at last off season. The Heat could also bring back two players who were on the training camp roster, Mickell Gladness and Jarvis Varnado. Gladness has been on Miami’s roster last season before being waived, so he knows what head coach Erik Spoelstra expects from players. Varnado, a Heat second round draft pick, was playing well in the D-League before recently being signed and subsequently waived by the Boston Celtics.
Like Harris, this may not be the end for the Heat and Harrellson. He can be brought to the Miami roster via a ten-day contract.