The Heat have officially signed Josh Harrellson, the team announced today in a press release. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but it figures to be a minimum-salary contract that's either non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed.
Earlier today, we had heard that the Heat were finished looking at Hassan Whiteside, and were deciding whether to sign Whiteside, Harrellson, or neither player. Although Heat president Pat Riley said last month that Miami didn't need to add another big man, the team seemed to be weighing its options over the last few weeks, and appeared likely to take a flier on a player like Harrellson.
Acquired by the Rockets in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Marcus Camby to the Knicks in July, Harrellson was waived shortly thereafter, and worked out for the Heat multiple times while he sought a new contract. In his rookie season in New York, the 23-year-old big man averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.6 minutes over 37 games, including four starts.
The signing brings the Heat roster to 18 players.