The Miami Heat announced today that the team has waived training camp invites Mickell Gladness and Robert Dozier. The Heat's roster now stands at 18, and all teams must cut their rosters to a maximum of 15 by 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Miami will face the Boston Celtics the next day to start the regular season.
Gladness originally made the Heat team during the 2011-12 season, but was cut at midseason to make room for Ronny Turiaf to join the team. He then played in Miami's summer league, but only played a combined 10 minutes in the Heat's last two preseason games. The raw 6-foot-11 player offers some shot-blocking and rebounding, but little offensively. Gladness' departure makes Josh Harrellson, who made a clutch 3-point shot Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs, more likely to make the team.
Robert Dozier didn't even play against San Antonio, which may have signaled that he wasn't going to make the team. I liked his versatility as a mobile 6-foot-9 player, but apparently Pat Riley has decided to go in a different direction. The Heat no longer retain Dozier's draft rights.
In addition to Harrellson, Terrel Harris, Garrett Temple, Rodney Carney and Jarvis Varnado are still fighting for the Heat's final two roster spots. Varnado has missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman said that Varnado is "expected to be released once healthy." Temple is a 6-foot-6 point guard who has had his moments in exhibition play. Perhaps Mario Chalmers' injury may help Temple make the team as a third point guard option.