Mickell Gladness Rumors

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“I’ve had training camps where I went in and I tried to prove everything all at once and I tried to do too much,” said Gladness, a 27-year-old center who has played for the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and a few teams in the NBA Development League. “You put too much pressure on yourself, too much stress on yourself. And I’ve had situations where I made the team and all I’ve done was what I was supposed to do and I just consistently did it.”
The Magic invited Gladness, Harris, Jones and Joseph to join the team this month and compete for one or possibly two open roster spots with second-round pick Romero Osby. Although the players have signed contracts with the team, those deals are known within the NBA as “make-good” contracts. Those contracts entitle the players only to a food per diem during preseason road trips, reimbursements for hotel and transportation expenses and disability insurance. “It’s a small sacrifice you have to make for the bigger dream and the bigger picture,” said Joseph, a 24-year-old swingman.
Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist.
General manager Bob Myers said he had cordial talks with Jackson daily about who might fit and reiterated that it didn’t make any sense to bring in a player to sit on the bench. There was some talk about guards Maalik Wayns and Chris Douglas-Roberts, forwards Josh Childress, Dominic McGuire and Chris Wright and center Mickell Gladness. But the Warriors agreed that Thomas was the right guy, because he’s a defense-first wing who is athletic enough to finish in transition – some of the very attributes the Warriors lost when Brandon Rush tore his anterior cruciate ligment in the season’s second game.
Q: Ira, who do you think will take the last two spots the Heat have left? — Paul, Miami. A: It is a constantly evolving decision. None of the lower-end big men have been particularly impressive, although Mickell Gladness had his defensive moments Thursday against the Clippers. Terrel Harris hardly has distanced himself, while Garrett Temple is somewhat intriguing. At the moment, I still think Josh Harrellson might get the benefit of the doubt up front based on his body of work last season with the Knicks.
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The Miami Heat now have 15 players under contract, with Friday’s announcement of the signings of center Mickell Gladness and forward Jarvis Varnado. Gladness spent the start of last season with the Heat before finishing the season with the Golden State Warriors. Varnado, selected by the Heat with the No. 41 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Mississippi State, has bounced between Italy and Israel the past two seasons.
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The Heat plans to have further internal discussions about whether to sign someone from that group, Mickell Gladness (who played for their summer league team after splitting last season between Miami and Golden State) or invite second-round rookie Justin Hamilton to training camp. Milicic’s agent said Thursday there has been nothing new since an initial Heat inquiry more than a week ago.
Rookie Mickell Gladness — a 6-foot-11, 220-pound center — will be sticking around after his 10-day contract expires. He is expected to sign with Golden State for the remainder of the season on Sunday, in time for him to play against the host Los Angeles Lakers. “We’re going to move forward with him,” coach Mark Jackson said after Saturday’s practice at the team’s downtown Oakland facility. “We’re excited about what he’s been able to do in a short period of time.”
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Mickell Gladness to a 10-day contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Gladness, 25, made his NBA debut this season as a member of the Miami Heat, appearing in eight games over two different stints with the club. The 6’11” center made the Heat’s opening night roster and appeared in three games before being waived on February 7. He subsequently signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Heat on February 12 and signed the second 10-day contract on February 28.
Terrel Harris was doing something familiar after Saturday’s optional workout in the Philips Arena. He was talking to Mickell Gladness. The Heat will reunite the close friends on the roster Sunday, when Gladness officially signs a 10-day contract. Gladness, who was waived before the deadline to guarantee his 2011-12 contract, was not allowed to work with the other Heat players Saturday, since he is still technically a free agent. He will serve as insurance as the Heat enters a difficult stretch, albeit one against a bunch of teams that have lost key bigs (Atlanta’s Al Horford, Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut and now Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao).
Why cut Mickell Gladness and keep Juwan Howard, at 39 years old? — Arnaldo, Miami. A: Because you have no idea how much respect Juwan commands in that locker room. He is a stabilizing veteran presence, much the way Jamaal Magloire had been. Look, you don’t play 15 players, and it’s not as if Gladness was playing or truly showed enough to be viewed as a legitimate prospect. If he was, they would have kept him.