UPDATE: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman said that the Miami Heat did not waive Duncan Robinson, meaning he likely will make the roster.
The Heat will pick up Duncan Robinson’s $1 million guarantee today, an NBA source tells the Sun Sentinel, assuredly leaving him with a regular-season roster spot.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 15, 2019
The Miami Heat’s summer league season ended Saturday, with a 101-100 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Duncan Robinson played very well, scoring 26 points including an acrobatic play to beat the third-quarter buzzer. Yante Maten added 17 points and nine rebounds. The Heat held Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn out of the game for rest.
Duncan Robinson just drained a corner three for a possible four-point play, right after finishing off the 3rd-Q with this eight-dimensional chess shot. pic.twitter.com/9KUB20SOPV— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) July 13, 2019
For Robinson and Maten — who spent most of last season on two-way contracts with Miami — it was their last chance to impress Heat officials.
Why? If Robinson is not waived by 11:59 p.m. Monday, he’ll have $750,000 of his $1.4 million salary guaranteed. If Maten is still on the team Aug. 1, he’ll have $150,000 of his $1.4 million salary guaranteed.
But here’s the thing — the Heat are less than $1 million below the $138.9 million hard cap they’re operating under. And those two guarantee numbers add up to $900,000.
Now, the Heat are still looking to add a second star to pair with Jimmy Butler. (Friday, Bam Adebayo responded to a 2012 tweet from Bradley Beal saying that he likes the Heat over any team.) Miami could make a trade that saves them a little bit of money.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson said that Robinson will likely remain on the team by Monday’s deadline, but that the player has not received any such assurances.