Wednesday afternoon Heat fans found out that shooting specialist James Jones had decided to opt out of his contract in order to test the free agent waters. Just a day later, another player known for his outside shooting came out with a contract decision. This time it was Eddie House, and he announced on Thursday that he would opt into the final year of his contract and stay with Miami.
House got even less playing time then James Jones, especially during the post season, but the Heat fan favorite made the choice to stick around for the duration of his contract which will pay him $1.4 million next year. He is coming off a season where he played in just 56 games and averaged 6.5 points, his lowest total since 2004-05, on 39.9% shooting.
House becomes the 9th player that Miami has under contract for the 2011-12 season. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Dexter Pittman are all signed up for next year, and the Heat also has a qualifying offer out to Mario Chalmers and a tender in place for draft pick Norris Cole.