In the first of an expected series of transactions today, the Heat found a trade partner to clear much needed salary cap space without having to give up too much in order to jettison McRoberts. Miami thankfully didn’t have to include any other players in the deal, instead sending a 2023 second round pick and cash considerations to Dallas in exchange for center AJ Hammons.
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have traded Josh McRoberts, a 2023 2nd round draft pick & cash considerations to Dallas in exchange for AJ Hammons. pic.twitter.com/7ZoattN7Rm— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 7, 2017
The versatile big man signed with the Heat on July 14, 2014 after a successful stint with Charlotte but was constantly injured throughout his time in Miami. In fact, he was recovering from offseason toe surgery right from the very beginning.
He ended up appearing in in 81 games (19 starts) with Miami and averaged 4.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 15.7 minutes.
From the Heat’s press release:
Aaron Jarrell “AJ” Hammons was selected in the second round (46th overall) by Dallas in the 2016 NBA Draft. He appeared in 22 games last season with the Mavericks and averaged 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 7.4 minutes of action while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. Hammons was named the 2016 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big Ten First Team during his senior season at Purdue.