Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 2/28/12
MIAMI -- Center Mickell Gladness said Tuesday he will sign a second 10-day contract with the Miami Heat. Whatever happens after that remains to be seen. When his second 10-day deal expires, Gladness only could remain with the Heat if they end up signing him for the rest of the season. But the rookie said team president Pat Riley has been open with him. They want to keep their flexibility in case they find a veteran big man who can contribute to them winning a champoinship more than I can," Gladness said about the Heat having 14 players signed for the rest of the season and keeping flexibility with the 15th roster spot, which Gladness now has. They look at me as a guy theyre still developing. So I guess if they dont find someone by the trade deadline, that would look good for me (as far as staying with the Heat the rest of the season)." The trade deadline is March 15, and then there is a week after when players can be bought out in time to join another team for the playoffs. So Gladness might have a period of being in libmo after his second 10-day deal expires. Gladness said he also had an offer to sign a 10-day contract with Golden State. But his preference was to remain with the Heat. It always feels good that they want me," said Gladness, who expects to sign his second 10-day deal before Tuesday afternoons practice. Gladness began the season with the Heat before being waived Feb. 7 and then signing his first 10-day deal Feb. 12. After that one expired Feb. 21, the Heat wanted to wait until after the All-Star break to sign him to another. Gladness, 25, has played sparingly this season. In eight games, hes averaging 0.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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