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Heat guarantee A.J. Hammons’ salary for season

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Hammons has played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce all year long.

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The Miami Heat decided to fully guarantee A.J. Hammons’ contract for the 2017-18 season Sunday, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. The move means that Hammons will receive his entire $1.3 million salary; about $400,000 of that total was guaranteed today.

Hammons, who came to the Heat in the Josh McRoberts trade last summer, has yet to play in a game for Miami. He has played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat’s affiliate team in the G League, the entire year. The Heat did not even call up Hammons when Hassan Whiteside and James Johnson suffered injuries last month. Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and Jordan Mickey all stand ahead of him in the rotation.

The Heat’s move to guarantee his contract allows the team to include him in potential trades before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. With folks wondering if it is an accident that the Heat are playing their best basketball of the season without Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow, Hammons could emerge as a player in a trade down the road.