Miami Heat cut two as post-LeBron roster begins to take shape

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The Miami Heat have today cut two players from their preseason roster as head coach Eric Spoelstra and the franchise hierarchy continue to put together a team capable of challenging once again at the summit of the Eastern Conference.

Guard Reggie Williams and center Chris Johnson have been been told they do not have a future with the franchise meaning that the Miami Heat's roster currently stands at 18 players with just over two weeks to go until the 2014-15 NBA regular season gets underway.

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Failing to impress

Both Williams and Johnson, who have been on the squads of no less than seven NBA teams as well as a host of foreign franchises, spent only a brief spell in the Miami Heat fold before being deemed not up to standard for 2014-s beaten NBA finalists.

Williams was signed on as a free agent on September 26 after spending time on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster last season.

The 28-year-old had made one appearance in the Heat's preseason to date - registering one rebound, one assist and one block in six minutes of action.

His NBA career stats are slightly better, with the former OKC man averaging 8.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in his 180 regular season games.

Center Chris Johnson also signed up with the Heat in late September but failed to make any appearances for Spoelstra's team during preseason.

Heat rebuild

Even with Williams and Johnson both gone, the Heat must now cut another three players before the October 27th deadline in order to fulfil the NBA rules which stipulate rosters of 15 players maximum.

Williams' departure would suggest that Shannon Brown has won out in his bid for the back up shooting guard position behind Heat lifer Dwyane Wade and several other players will be fighting to maintain their place on the roster in the run up to the new campaign.

The next opportunity for all involved will come this Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

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