When the Miami Heat decided to keep Oklahoma State rookie Terrel Harris, they were forced to waive Eddie House. House, an 11-year NBA veteran, is only three seasons removed from being a crucial bench scorer for a Boston Celtics team that won the 2008 NBA Finals.
But in 56 games for the Heat last year, the 33-year-old guard looked like he lost a step defensively, and there’s no guarantee he signs with another NBA team. That’s how it ends for the majority of NBA players, not with a nationally publicized press conference, but with a one-line note in the transaction sections.
As the 2011-12 season gets underway, there are some notable names not on an NBA roster. They aren’t Hall of Famers, but they still had careers worth remembering.