Briante Weber is going to do all that he can to keep his roster spot with the Miami Heat. After the Heat signed him late last season, it included a partial guarantee for this season, one the Heat don't have to make a decision on just yet.
Weber is starting alongside Josh Richardson for the Miami Heat Summer League team in Orlando. And although his point production wasn't the best in Game 1, he was all over the place defensively -- and that may be exactly what they are looking for in a reserve role.
With Goran Dragic locked in as the starter (unless Durant dictates otherwise), and Josh Richardson clearly ready for consistent minutes behind him, the Heat are looking for someone that can be ready to go when called upon. They don't likely need someone who can drop 20, they need someone to fill in the gaps. Briante may be just that.
Pat Riley has liked this guy for a while now. And once he was able to get his hands on him when he came back from injury, he wants to see what he can do. Weber is an aggressive defender on the ball -- something you see a lot of in the Summer League. But more than that, he is also a playmaker. He's not often looking for his shot as much as he is to set up his teammates.
In Game 1 against the Clippers, he had the best +/- for the team at +26 in the 20 point route. He collected 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in his 26 minutes.
Briante will still have to prove his value and need in training camp for the Heat. It's not yet known who Riley will fill the remaining spots, but it could end up being a veteran point guard that Weber will have to show why they need him and not the other. Summer League is a great way for him to show his improvement and leadership among young players.
The Heat play on Sunday and a few more times during the week before wrapping up and sending many to the Las Vegas Summer League as well.
Keep an eye on Briante Weber as you watch live on NBATV.