It can’t be easy for coach Erik Spoelstra right now, making the tough choice to bring the roster down to 15 with so much talent on this roster before regular season tip off in less than a few days.
This past Monday, the Miami Heat waived forward Jarvis Varnado, and guards Charlie Westbrook and Larry Drew II. The Heat have now reduced their roster to 15, and will look to waive two more players before October 29. In all likelihood, the two players most likely to be cut will be Eric Griffin and Justin Hamilton.
The common theme with all these players is how young and inexperienced they are. If the Heat are to waive both Griffin and Hamilton, that would mean that newcomers Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr. would make the roster, adding experience over youth.
The Heat’s mindset is focused on winning a championship this year. Having young, inexperienced players on your roster, especially during the playoffs, could be detrimental to the Heat’s quest at a three-peat. If the Heat were rebuilding, then signing young talent is a no-brainer, but because of their win now mentality, having players on the roster with real NBA experience adds quality depth to their bench, not longevity.
This team is built to win a championship this year, and Spoelstra has to model the roster on this principle. Hopefully, the Heat can retain some of these young players and move them to their D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. All five players that were waived showed tons of promise during training camp, and will undoubtedly play in the NBA someday — just not this season.