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Heat Waive Kenny Hasbrouck and Shavlik Randolph

October 20th, 2010 No comments

As expected, the Heat have cut Kenny Hasbrouck and Shavlik Randolph loose.

Randolph never had a realistic shot at making the opening day roster.

Hasbrouck faced long odds to earn a spot. But he did nothing to help his cause during preseason play. He made just 9 of his 41 shots, including just 1 of his 15 three-point attempts, averaging 4.6 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

The Hasbrouck-Beverley competition for a possible final roster spot was the most hotly scrutinized, debated and captivating storyline of the second half of the offseason – starting during Summer League play (where Hasbrouck dominated), through training camp and into the preseason. Hasbrouck was thought to have had the more NBA-ready game. That never materialized. Beverley struggled somewhat himself, but did average more points, rebounds, assists and steals during the preseason, while averaging fewer turnovers and fouls in nearly identical minutes. Beverley was also the vastly superior defender and three-point shooter.

The question now is whether the Beverley win will translate into a roster spot.

Teams are allowed to carry as many as 20 players in the offseason, but must cut to 15 by opening night. The Heat roster currently stands at 16. Fourteen are veterans with fully guaranteed contracts. Da’Sean Butler has a partial guarantee, but has been all but assured a spot as he continues his rehabilitation.

It would appear that the Heat have run out of available slots for Beverley. The situation was equally true when Beverley signed his fully-guaranteed, multi-year contract nearly three months ago, prompting speculation that he could be added with a roster spot that would be freed up by waiving fourth-string center Jamaal Magloire.

For a Heat team with limited options with which to meaningfully improve – having just traded away four first-round draft picks, the Heat’s competition will have roster-building advantages almost every summer – and considering Beverley’s considerable upside, waiving Magloire, who is unlikely to see any playing time this season, would appear to be the prudent approach.

Randolph and Hasbrouck do get nice parting gifts – both had $250,000 guarantees in their deals.

Miami Heat Re-Signs Kenny Hasbrouck

July 28th, 2010 No comments

The Miami Heat signed a third member of its summer-league team when it announced the addition of guard Kenny Hasbrouck on Wednesday.

Hasbrouck, a former Siena standout, joins Shavlik Randolph and second-round draft pick Dexter Pittman as summer-league players to ink contracts. Hasbrouck was the Heat’s top guard in the Las Vegas summer league earlier this month, averaging 13.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in five games, while shooting 49% from the field and an impressive 45% from the three-point line.

It marks the second stint with the Heat for Hasbrouck, who was given two 10-day contracts last season before being signed on for the remainder of the season with a team option for a second. The option was subsequently declined.

Hasbrouck’s contract is for two years at the minimum salary. The first year is $250,000 guaranteed, becoming $500,000 guaranteed if not waived on or before opening night, becoming fully guaranteed if not waived on or before December 15, 2010. The second year is fully unguaranteed, becoming fully guaranteed if not waived on or before July 25, 2011.

The partial guarantee can be seen as a form of charity for a man who seemingly did not require it. Much like with Shavlik Randolph, this may be the case of an overzealous general manager in Pat Riley elated by his free agent coup and showing it by tossing around his owner’s money to fringe players with reckless abandon, even if the totals are relatively small.

Hasbrouck becomes the 15th player under contract for 2010-11. He faces difficult odds of making the 15-man opening-night roster, however, as more signings are undoubtedly yet to come. Teams are allowed to carry as many as 20 players during the offseason.

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Heat declines option on Kenny Hasbrouck

June 30th, 2010 No comments

The Heat has declined to pick up its team option on combo guard Kenny Hasbrouck.

The move, or more specifically the lack of a move, was hardly surprising. Hasbrouck signed two ten-day contracts with the Heat this past season, followed by a rest-of-season contract with an attached team option for 2010-11 at the minimum salary, but he never played. Not once.

Hasbrouck went undrafted out of Siena a year ago. He averaged 14.9 points in 129 games at Siena, helping the Saints of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win first-round NCAA tournament games in 2008 and 2009.

He was with the Heat for several weeks last summer, then got hurt shortly before training camp — which essentially cost him a chance to be with Miami during the 2009 preseason. Before signing with the Heat, he appeared in 10 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaging 16.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.3 minutes, leading the team to a 7-3 record, while shooting .504 percent from the field, .381 percent on 3-pointer and .806 from the foul line. He was considered to be a quality scorer with uncertain NBA potential.

Waiving Hasbrouck removes his $762,195 salary off the books and, once he is officially renounced, replaces it with the temporary $473,604 roster charge for teams carrying fewer than 12 players on their rosters (either under contract, subject to a qualifying offer, or with a cap hold and associated Bird rights). That’s a net savings of $288,591.

Don’t be surprised to Hasbrouck back in a Heat uniform at the end of the offseason, facing long odds to make the team’s regular season roster. After the Heat utilizes all of its cap space, it will need to sign several minimum contract players to round out its squad. The Heat likes Hasbrouck. He could get a training camp invite – essentially a fully unguaranteed, make-good contract.

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