The Miami Heat seem to be going in a direction that we didn't foresee. As the end of the NBA preseason moves closer, the Heat will have to trim their roster to 15 players before the October 29 opening night against the Washington Wizards. The Heat have 18 players on the roster.
Until today, now they have 19.
The Heat officially announced the signing of Larry Drew II to the roster. It's a strange addition in light of what the roster needs and the timing mentioned above. Drew is a 6'2, 180 lbs. point guard who is 24 years old. In light of the recent great play by Shabazz Napier, who seems third in line at the point guard spot, it seems unlikely the Heat need four point guards on the roster.
Yet, that's exactly what they are doing here, at least for now. It seems the most likely scenario will see the Heat immediately turning around and cutting Drew and assigning him to their D-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Here's the official press release from Heat.com:
HEAT Signs Larry Drew II
MIAMI, FL October 20 - The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Larry Drew II. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Drew appeared in 11 games (two starts) with the HEAT during the 2014 Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues and averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.55 steals and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line.
He spent the 2013-14 season with Miami's NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them to a postseason berth after appearing in 41 regular season games (36 starts) and averaging 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the foul line. He scored 20-or-more points six times, including a season-high 23-point game vs. Erie on February 9, and dished out double-figure assists on seven occasions. Additionally, he appeared in five postseason games (all starts) with the Skyforce and averaged 8.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.20 steals and 34.2 minutes.
Drew, who was originally signed by the HEAT as a free agent on September 23, 2013, appeared in one preseason game with Miami totaling 5:52 minutes of action vs. Atlanta on October 7 before being waived on October 21, 2013.
The HEAT's roster now stands at 19.
OFFICIAL: The HEAT signed guard Larry Drew II. Drew appeared in 11 games with the HEAT during the 2014 Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues. More details on HEAT.com