Miami Heat News: James Ennis Earns Final Roster Spot as Heat Cut Five Players

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The Miami Heat cut five total players to get down to the 15-man regular season roster limit on Saturday.

The Heat waived guards John Lucas III, Tre Kelley and Briante Weber along with center Keith Benson and forward Greg Whittington. With the exception of Lucas, each of the aforementioned players are eligible to be assigned directly to the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce.

The cuts on Saturday mean that James Ennis will be on the opening night roster when the Heat play the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. There is a clause in Ennis’ contract that guarantees his salary for the season if he is on the opening night roster.

Despite struggling during summer league, the second-year forward bounced back and had a solid preseason, averaging 7.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting in 15.1 minutes per game.

Benson, Whittington and Weber are all expected to be signed by the Skyforce. Recently released guard Corey Hawkins is also expected to join the Skyforce as a designated Heat affiliate player.

Kelley played with Sioux Falls two seasons ago, and would be under Skyforce control if he were to elect to play in the D-League this season.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.