The Miami Heat have announced that they have officially signed Tyler Herro to a rookie contract.
The move (hopefully) puts an end to speculation about whether or not the best player in the Summer League would be included in a potential Russell Westbrook trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. By league rules, the team can’t trade him (or recently signed second round selection KZ Okpala) for at least 30 days since signing his contract.
Heat now have 14 players under contract, at a combined salary of $135.8M. They’re now $987K below the hard cap, which is not enough to add another free agent unless Derrick Jones Jr., Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn or Yante Maten are waived (or a trade is executed).— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 10, 2019
Though some questioned the Heat’s front office for drafting Herro with the 13th selection in this year’s NBA Draft, he has quickly erased all doubts with his sensational play in Summer League. He has appeared and started in five of the Heat’s six Summer League games, averaging 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.60 steals and 29.3 minutes while shooting 39 percent from the field (32-of-82) and 96 percent from the foul line (24-of-25).
The stats don’t tell the whole story however, and the 19-year-old has already proven he’s more than a shooter and is much more polished and NBA-ready than most of the competition he’s faced first in Sacramento and now in Las Vegas.