Mickell Gladness and Terrel Harris thought they were competing against each other for the last spot on the Miami Heat roster.
Instead, the former NBA Development League teammates both played their way onto the club.
The Heat announced Saturday that they waived veteran guard Eddie House, meaning a pair of rookies in Gladness and Harris were on the 15-man roster to open the season and therefore earned seats on the plane to Dallas. Miami opens the season against the Mavericks on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NBA finals.
''I had my bags packed,'' Gladness said. ''One bag is in the room, just ready to go back to North Dakota. The second bag was packed to get on the plane. So eeny, meeny, miney, moe, pick which one.''
The 33-year-old House was told of the decision Friday night by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley. House had left knee surgery last month and is not yet ready to play, one of the many factors Spoelstra said went into what became an extremely to...