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Miami Heat re-sign rookie center Mickell Gladness to second 10-day contract

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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 12: Mickell Gladness #32 of the Miami Heat poses during media day at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 12: Mickell Gladness #32 of the Miami Heat poses during media day at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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As the Miami Heat prepare for the second half of the NBA season, they filled the empty spot at the end of their bench with a familiar face. The Heat re-signed rookie center Mickell Gladness to a 10-day contract for the second time this season, once again giving Miami a fill 15-man roster.

Gladness has been released last Tuesday following the Heat's win over Sacramento, when his first 10-day contract expired. By NBA rule, teams can sign a player to no more then two 10-day contracts before their contracts must be guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

It was a smart move by Miami to wait until now to re-sign Gladness. Had they done it right after his last contract expired, they would have had him available for the Knicks game last week, but the contract would have expired far sooner thanks to the All-Star break. Now, Miami will have Gladness on the bench for another five games, with the last one coming on March 7th against Atlanta.

Gladness has played in eight games this season, averaging 0.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 3½ minutes per appearance. His best game came on New Years Day against Charlotte, when he played 8:32 and finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.