Following the conclusion to their 4-1 preseason, the Miami Heat announced that they have picked up the team option to convert Chris Silva’s contract to a two-way contract for the 2019-20 NBA regular season.
Silva played well during his limited appearances during the preseason after signing with the Heat on July 11, appearing in five games averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.00 steals and 9.8 minutes. He shot 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the field and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the foul line. He also appeared in six Summer League games (all starts) for the Heat, averaging 7.0 points, while shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line, to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists in 18.3 minutes.
From the Heat’s press release:
Silva, who became the first player in South Carolina school history to total at least 700 rebounds and 500 made free throws, played all four seasons with the Gamecocks. He appeared in 32 games (all starts) as a senior averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.94 blocks and 26.8 minutes while shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 74.4 percent from the foul line as he earned All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Defensive Team honors. Among the school’s all-time career lists, he finished third in free throws made (577), sixth in rebounds (876), sixth in blocks (186) and 10th in points (1,509).