The Miami Heat's official Twitter account announced that the team requested waivers on second-year guard Terrel Harris. The release came just before Harris' contract would have become guaranteed. He can rejoin the Heat with up to two 10-day contracts; teams can begin signing free agents to 10-day contracts Sunday. Last season, Miami cut Mickell Gladness and re-signed him to two 10-day contracts. The Heat ultimately signed Ronny Turiaf after Gladness left last season.
Personally, I'm a fan of Harris. Although he would never play in a rotation with the plethora of wings Miami has, I thought it was good to groom him before the 2013-14 season, when Ray Allen (free agency) and Mike Miller (amnesty) could not be back with the Heat. I'm a little surprised that Josh Harrelson didn't get waived instead. He looked utterly lost on defense when he played Dec. 29 in Milwaukee and doesn't appear to be in Miami's long-term plans. Of course, I'm still scratching my head as to how the team has room for Dexter Pittman, but that's a discussion for another day.
With Miami's bruising loss to the Chicago Bulls fresh on every Heat fan's mind, does this move mean that Miami will sign a rebounding big man? Hot Hot Hoops' own Surya Fernandez tweeted that two options could be free agents Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen. Both are known for rebounding, but it's unclear how much a mid-season free agent pickup will matter. Turiaf and Erick Dampier both found themselves on the bench for much of the playoffs (Turiaf did play in the rotation when Chris Bosh was injured, but didn't play when he returned). For what it's worth, the Heat pursued Martin last season.