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Update: Harrellson to workout with Heat in hopes of contract

Sep 3, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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UPDATE 2:16 pm: I thought Josh Harrellson might be going to Miami on an invited workout… but no, he’s going there to workout of his own volition in hopes that a contract is to come.

Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel explains:

  Heat apparently holding a “pre-camp” next two weeks for players to earn invites to camp. Harrellson appears to be in that mix of players who will work their way through AmericanAirlines Arena in advance of Sept. 29 start of camp.

He’s still trying to prove he’s worthy of a contract, the Heat will be coy. They can afford to be. But there is nothing inked, or really close to it, yet.

1:11 pm: The Miami Heat are looking to add one more big man to round out their roster, and they’ve looked at a few guys. Including former Knick Josh Harrellson, who they worked out a couple weeks ago.

Then comes this tweet from Harrellson on Monday.

Kentucky it’s been fun! Glad I got to see everyone! Now heading to Miami for hopefully the next 9 months

What does that mean? He probably got called back for another workout. One I imagine he hopes will lead to a contract for the coming season.

But we are a few steps away from that. Other guys on the market include Andray Blatche and Chris Andersen, although both bring baggage and both kind of fill the same role as Joel Anthony who is already on the roster. Harrellson plays a little different game and might be a better fit. But guys like Darko Milicic are out there as well.

  1. money2long - Sep 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Known as a decent defender, can step out and hit the three and has good enough size. Riley may be searching for Lebron’s Horry..

  2. trueballs - Sep 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Not sure if he would even make the rotation in the playoffs…However, with Haslem’s declining jump shot (the only offense he ever had) Harrellson could find a few minutes

    • dls612 - Sep 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Declining is rite! With haslem coming off his worst season ever, definitely need someone to push him or contribute in the way he use to!

      • miamatt - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        I totally agree, although I think guys like Haslem and Miller, coming off injuries, were hurt by the lockout more than anybody else, rookies notwithstanding. No rehab or conditioning with team trainers, no work with team coaches. Haslem is a prideful guy and no fool, so you have to think he’s been working on it during the offseason. You could see that his form had drifted from where it used to be. Just as troubling was how slow he was to gather and finish at the rim. Haslem has never been an explosive player, but unless he was wide open (by about 10 feet), he couldn’t elevate to save his life. Here’s hoping he comes back strong, but if not… his role is in jeopardy.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Potential leading candidate for the Juwan Howard Memorial “Most Embarrassing Championship Celebration” Dance.

  4. 00maltliquor - Sep 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Get signed just to be buried DEEP on the bench. Well, an NBA paycheck IS an NBA paycheck after all.

    • sellahh - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      it is so don’t act like youd not be happy to be buried DEEP on an nba bench

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:04 AM

        Never said I wouldn’t be.

        I made that comment because you and I both know good and well the Heat will not play him…ever! Heat always claim they need a C (and do) but when they get one they always stay welded to the bench in favor of small ball. No? Curry, Pittman, J. Howard, Dampier , Igauskas.

        And who always ends up playing the 5? PF’s? Haslem, Bosh, Turiaf, 6”9 Joel Anthony? Yup. Look at all those guys I named in the 1st paragraph from the last two seasons they had but almost never used, with the exception of Big Z until the end of the season and playoffs when he stayed nailed to the pine.

        I think if someone wants to continue to make a living and fulfill a lifelong dream of playing and staying in the NBA maybe you should try to sign with a team that will actually use you or have a use for you. That way you get your oppertunity to showcase what you got that way when the seasons up and the Heat enevitably don’t re-sign you there are other teams that have seen your work and might want to give you a go, thus prolonging your career. He’s too young to be ring chasing right now. He’s a scrub that needs a shot to prove himself if he wants to get paid for more then one season, and you know damn well he won’t get into any games with that team.

        Now if the Heat are the ONLY team even considering giving him an invite then that’s one thing, that would mean he has NO other options, thus making it a good move ’cause it’s the last one he gots, but I have a feeling other teams are eyeballing him too.

  5. lakerluver - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Didn’t he star in “White Men Can’t Jump”?…..Oops, never mind, that was Woody Harrellson.

  6. skinsfanwill - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    To hell with this dude. Miami doesn’t even know what to do with a big man. Much less one that is a bum. Grab Blatche for nothing. He has been humbled and is actually a good player. he has role models on the team that control the locker room. And he comes dirt cheap. You won’t even have to give him a guaranteed contract. How can Miami not go after him? And if Bosh goes down you have a serviceable player to step in and go right to work.

    • guyaneserj - Sep 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      100% AGREE skinsfanwill…. He’s worth a shot, cause u stated, he’ll basically cost very little, with a non guaranteed contract….

  7. jthammerstix - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:52 AM


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