Eric Griffin and Justin Hamilton were hopeful of making the final roster of two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, but have been released just days shy of the regular season.

Reports are out that the Miami Heat have released the athletic and young Eric Griffin, removing him from potentially joining the team.

Griffin, 23, had been impressive with his athletic ability, highlighted by jumping over 6'10" Mason Plumlee earlier this preseason. Griffin went unselected out of Campbell University in 2012.n While many fans would have liked to see the team go younger and have a prospect like Griffin, the Heat seemingly have other plans.

Griffin was an exciting player to watch, but it seemed as though he didn't possess enough consistently to make a team like the Heat with championship aspirations. He will certainly receive a lot of interest through the D-League and overseas teams.