After more than a week’s worth of preseason action that has the Miami Heat at 3-2, the team has began the arduous process of cutting down their roster from 20 players to 15 by opening day, which takes place on October 30th.
The first two casualties were players who had little chance of making the final 15-man roster in center Mickell Gladness and forward Robert Dozier.
Gladness, who briefly played with the Heat in the 2011-’12 season before getting waived, was believed to have a chance because of his 6’11″ stature and defensive nature, but couldn’t garner enough minutes to make any sort of statement. His best chance at making a statement came when he received 15 minutes in the Heat’s first meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers. He recorded three points on four shots, four rebounds, two blocks and four fouls.
He impressed in his short stint with Golden State following getting cut by Miami, but couldn’t make enough of an impression to convince the Heat he was more valuable than Josh Harrellson or Dexter Pittman.
Dozier, a 6’9″ forward who was drafted by the Heat in 2009, had a solid debut when he posted up four points and six rebounds in 21 minutes against Atlanta, but saw his playing time diminish and eventually evaporate to under ten minutes in just about every game since. There was a reason why Dozier had yet to join a Heat training camp until this year and it showed in his lacking offensive repertoire.
Although both players could have been utilized as athletic rebounders and defenders, their upsides were minimal and it put them in the position of getting cut with a little more than a week remaining until the Heat begin the 2012-’13 season with a home game against the Boston Celtics.
Miami’s roster is now down to 18 players. Among the hopeful player’s looking to fill in the final two roster spots include, guard’s Garrett Temple and Terrel Harris, forward Jarvis Varnado, and center Josh Harrellson.