MIAMI — The Miami Heat reduced their roster to the NBA regular-season limit of 15 players Saturday with the release of forward Eric Griffin and center Justin Hamilton. The moves keep forward Michael Beasley and guard Roger Mason Jr. among the remaining 15 despite arriving to training camp with non-guaranteed contracts.
The current 15-player roster is rounded out by the 13 veterans who entered training camp with guaranteed contracts: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Chris Andersen, Norris Cole, James Jones, Greg Oden, Rashard Lewis and Joel Anthony.
The deadline for NBA teams to meet the 15-player regular-season roster limit is 5 p.m. Monday. But in order for released players with non-guaranteed contracts not to count against the 2013-14 salary cap, they had to released by 5 p.m. Saturday in order to clear the 48-hour waiver period.