The glaring problem on the Miami Heat this year is that they have no big man in the middle. The Heat don’t have that player who can create pressure in the post or that can contain slashers like D-Rose, Rondo, and other similar players. While they may not have that guy yet, they still need young guys who can learn how to play in the Heat’s system and maybe become that guy.
Mickell Gladness was lucky to make the team and never really did anything, except he was never given a chance. He was a shot-blocking machine in college and is very raw and athletic. If the Heat had developed him, he could have been something, but they chose not to. They chose to cut Gladness, but kept his best friend on the team, Terrel Harris.
Harris also hasn’t done very much this year, but in the one game against the Hawks where he got 44 minutes of playing time, he had a monster game of 9 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists. It is rare to ever hear of a 6’4 guard getting 14 rebounds, but Harris possesses that athleticism. Riley wanted to keep him because he knows Dwyane Wade gets hurt easily and that the Heat need depth at the position for right now.
So what does cutting Gladness mean for the Heat? It means that they’re out looking for a center. Expect to hear more and more rumors of Miami chasing a big man like Joel Przybilla because the Heat know they need one. Eddy Curry is a project and Joel Anthony is Joel Anthony, so the Heat need a vet who can come in and get boards and block shots.