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Jordan Mickey reportedly finalizing deal to join Heat

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Mickey close to signing minimum deal with Miami.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Boston Celtics player Jordan Mickey is reportedly close to signing with the Miami Heat.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the guaranteed contract is a $1.5 million veteran’s minimum deal with a team option for the 2018-19 season.

The 6’-8” power forward out of LSU was drafted in the second round (No. 33 overall) by the Boston Celtics, where he played two seasons. In 41 total games, he averaged 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 4.8 minutes. He played in 25 games last year with one start, and shot 44.1 percent from the field.

With Boston loaded up front depth-wise, including Kelly Olynyk, Mickey spent significant time with the Maine Red Claws the past two years, where he averaged 20.8 points (51.5% FG, 43.8% 3-pt FG), 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 32.6 minutes last season, but rarely had a chance to get significant minutes with the Celtics.

He has a wingspan of more than 7’-3”, which makes him an intriguing prospect with rebounding and shot blocking potential.

The deal would give the Heat 17 players under contract, with a maximum of 15 players on the regular season roster plus two 2-way contracts for development players that would spend most of their time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the G-League.