Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris defend Kemba Walker - Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Heat waived 6-foot-6 point guard Garrett Temple, cutting the roster to 15 in advance of the team's Oct. 30 regular season opener.
The Miami Heat cut Garrett Temple to trim its roster to 15 players today, meaning that second-year players Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris made the two final roster spots on the team. Both Harrellson and Harris signed non-guaranteed deals with Miami this season, so Miami could still waive one or both of them to make room for a veteran or two later in the year.
It was certain that Harrellson would make the team once Miami waived Mickell Gladness and Jarvis Varnado. The decision to waive a promising, 6-foot-6 point guard was likely a tough one, but the right one. The Heat's "position-less" basketball has essentially eliminated the needs of a traditional point guard or center. If Chris Bosh is shooting 3s and Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are post-up threats, why worry about having three point guards? The Heat will likely play three-wing lineups consisting of Wade, James and Ray Allen quite frequently this year. Allen showed an ability to handle the ball during the preseason, even bringing it up-court on occasion.
As for Harris, the product from Oklahoma State isn't destined to play in blowouts for his entire career. As I mentioned before, next summer could be fluid for Miami. The harsh luxury-tax kicks in for the 2013-14 season, so Pat Riley could decide to amnesty Mike Miller. Ray Allen and James Jones also can opt-out of their contracts next year and become free agents. Aside from Shane Battier on the last year of his contract, Miami may need Harris to spell Wade and James next season. He's shown athleticism, defense and has made the occasional 3. It makes sense for the team to continue to mold Harris into the role that he may have to take soon.