All jokes aside, Former Kentucky PF/C Josh Harrellson worked out with the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat this morning. Harrellson, who was waived by the Houston Rockets, is looking around the NBA for a new team. According to ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh, the Heat seem to have some mutual interest in Harrellson.
A rare rebounding big man who can stretch the floor, Harrellson joined Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova as the only qualified players last season to average over nine rebounds and made at least a 3-pointer per 36 minutes on the floor. Though he lacked the height of a traditional center, Harrellson primarily backed up Knicks center Tyson Chandler last season.Because the Heat have already used the taxpayer’s mid-level exception to sign Allen, Miami would only be able to offer Harrellson a minimum contract for 2012-13. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks would have to wait until July in order to sign fan favorite Harrellson.
Having averaged 4.4 points per game and 3.9 rebounds, Harrellson played some huge minutes during his rookie season, filling in for an injured Amare’ Stoudamire in the beginning of the season. Harrellson was sent to Houston during the offseason, where he would’ve teamed up with former Kentucky teammates Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones, but he was let go to make room for G Carlos Delfino. Could Jorts join Lebron, Wade, and Bosh next season?