A day after the agent for Miami Heat second-round pick Justin Hamilton confirmed his client would spend the season in Europe, the agent for Terrel Harris downplayed reports linking the Heat free-agent guard to a similar outcome.
“We’re having ongoing talks with the Heat about Terrel,” agent Brian Elfus said Thursday. “We’re looking at all possibilities.”
The Heat bypassed guaranteeing Harris’ 2012-13 contract in June, making him an unrestricted free agent. He participated with the Heat’s summer-league team last month in Las Vegas, averaging a team-high 15.5 points in four appearances, all starts, including a 25-point outing.
The Sportando website had reported that Harris had been offered to several European teams, with league play there beginning in late September, a month ahead of the NBA regular season. Harris had previously played in France and Germany before joining the Heat for his NBA rookie season on a non-guaranteed contract following the conclusion of last year’s lockout.
Elfus called the report of Harris possibly being close to a European deal, “rumor and innuendo. Do I think it’s going to happen? I don’t know.”
Heat President Pat Riley said his goal is to have his training-camp roster complete by Labor Day. The Heat open training camp the final week of September.
“There’s ongoing discussion about all kinds of possibilities,” Elfus said of Harris’ basketball future.
The Heat already have 13 players under guaranteed contract for the coming season, with teams limited to 15-player regular-season rosters, able to carry as many as 20 players in the preseason.
Already under guaranteed contract to the Heat for the coming season are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, Joel Anthony, James Jones, Norris Cole and Dexter Pittman.
In addition to those 13, the Heat also are expected to have former second-round draft choices Jarvis Varnado and Robert Dozier in training camp, possibly along with center Mickell Gladness, who spent the start of last season with the Heat and then returned for summer league.
Bosh and Heat free-agent forward Juwan Howard have committed to an Aug. 22 fundraiser for President Obama in New York.
The event, initially scheduled as an exhibition game last December amid the NBA lockout, was cancelled by the resolution of that stalemate. It instead has been cast as a “Fantasy Camp” at Chelsea Piers.
According to the Obama Victory Fund, “Adults and children will have the chance to learn from the best through a series of activities simulating a professional practice experience. In addition to skill training, players and legends will share their training regiments as well as their personal insights on the game. Lastly, participants will be divided into teams and compete against each other while being coached by their hardwood heroes!”
Heat executive Alonzo Mourning and former Heat player Steve Smith are also listed as participants, with a $ 250 contribution required for an autograph session and a $ 5,000 contribution for two participants in the skills session.
The long view
The NBA announced Thursday that both of the Heat’s exhibitions against the Los Angeles Clippers in China, Oct. 11 in Beijing and Oct. 14 in Shanghai, will be televised on NBA TV.
Those plans will leave seven of the Heat’s eight exhibitions televised, with Sun Sports to carry four others and ESPN to carry the Oct. 26 preseason finale against the visiting New Orleans Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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