HEAT Searching for Rebounding Help
The Miami Heat released seldom-used guard Terrel Harris on Saturday in a move that clears a roster spot to potentially address their rebounding struggles.
The Heat rank last in the league in total rebounds and 29th among the 30 teams in rebounding average at just 38.7 per game. Miami’s problems were further exposed in Friday’s 96-89 home loss to the Chicago Bulls, who held a 48-28 advantage against the Heat on the boards.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the decision to release Harris was made to give the team more roster flexibility, with the trade deadline approaching next month and the deadline to guarantee player contracts looming next week.
“We never stop talking about trying to improve the team — that’s Pat’s nature and that’s why I love working for him,” Spoelstra said after Saturday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. “But the answer right now is from within. And we all know that. The guys know that. The answers are in this gym, and we’re capable of it.”