The Miami Heat moved quickly to address their litany of injuries to their backcourt with the signing of former Georgia Tech guard Marcus Georges-Hunt to a 10-day contract.
Spo on the signing: "It's more about insurance. We want someone who's ready right now. He's a combo guard who fits our competitive DNA."— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 9, 2017
The undrafted guard leads the NBA D-League in minutes with the Maine Red Claws and was recently named a 2017 NBA Development League All-Star. He appeared in 32 games (27 starts) with the Maine Red Claws this season averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.03 steals and 36.7 minutes while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three-point range and 86.1 percent from the foul line. For the Red Claws this season, he ranks first in assists (133), second in rebounds (184), steals (32) and free throws made (118) and third in points (524) and field goals made (177).
Miami made the move to reapply for a roster exception after Dion Waiters sprained his ankle during their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Josh Richardson continues to recuperate from his sprained left foot injury while Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts and Chris Bosh all remain sidelined. The Heat recently waived Derrick Williams to make room on the 15-man roster for Okaro White, who signed two 10-day contracts with the team before signing on for the rest of the season and a partial guarantee for next season.
Georges-Hunt was born in Miami and played four seasons with Georgia Tech before signing on with the Boston Celtics on August 17 after going undrafted. He appeared in two preseason games totaling six points, two rebounds and an assist before being waived on October 20.
He will wear number 24 and will be available for Miami’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.