The Charlotte Hornets waived point guard Briante Weber today rather than guarantee his $1.5 million salary for this upcoming season. The former Miami Heat prospect started for the Hornets during Summer League but the team decided to look elsewhere in search of a backup point guard, including recently working out former Heat guard Norris Cole.
Last year, the Miami Heat were seemingly deciding between Weber or veteran point guard Beno Udrih for the final roster spot at the conclusion of training camp, but instead went with Rodney McGruder. While McGruder validated the Heat’s decision with a strong rookie season, the Heat remain to this day without a true point guard to back up Goran Dragic. Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson may be combo guards but neither player is a particularly exceptional ball handler or playmaker.
The Heat have already signed Derrick Walton Jr. to a two way contract and signed Matt Williams (reportedly not a two way contract yet but could turn into one later). Would bringing back Weber to fight for a roster spot in training camp be a good idea? Any player with three years or less of NBA experience can be signed to a two way contract and the Heat technically still can sign one more player to one.
Miami can also elect to waive center AJ Hammons, who was acquired in the Josh McRoberts trade and has a guaranteed contract for $1.3 million next season, to open up another roster spot.
Weber’s game is reminiscent of Patrick Beverly, who was also a Heat prospect back in the Big 3 era that was let go and bounced around before settling with the Houston Rockets, but he remains a work in progress. Should the Heat circle back and take another look at him or should they move on and not pursue a backup point guard?