Today, the Miami Heat trimmed their roster down once again, as they move ever closer to the start of the regular season. Per the official Twitter account of Miami Heat (@MiamiHEAT):
@MiamiHEAT “OFFICIAL: Rodney Carney and Jarvis Varnado have been waived. The @MiamiHEAT roster now stands at 16.”
I saw Varnado’s release coming from a mile away. He is simply too raw of a player for the Heat to take a chance on, as he did not sniff a single minute of preseason action. Earlier in the year I said Varnado would be the 15th guy on the opening day roster – this was one prediction I completely missed the mark with. Sometime down the road, there will be a use for his shot-blocking talents, just not now. Again, I wish him the best in his career.
In Carney’s case, I was a little surprised. I felt had played well enough to earn a spot on the Heat roster, at least through the first four games as he proved to be a reliable 3-point marksman. Then again, considering the loaded group of shooters/tweeners the team already had, it was always going to be an uphill battle for Carney to make the team. On top of that, his minutes were depleted, as was his shooting touch in the recent games against San Antonio, Charlotte and Washington. As a fan, I wish him well in his future endeavours and hope he finds a place on another NBA team.
This now leaves Garrett Temple, Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris battling for the final two spots on the Miami Heat opening day roster. Personally, I’ve got Harrellson and Harris making the grade after tonight. The time has almost come for Miami to defend their title – tonight’s contest against the New Orleans Hornets will reveal the 14th and 15th members of the squad ready to take on the world once again. So who’s it going to be?