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.
Hey Big Head https://t.co/bcWzAwXZMd— 13am Adebayo (@Bam1of1) July 13, 2019
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.