With the re-signing of Udonis Haslem, the Miami Heat appear set with their 15-player roster — at least until a possible trade. But the Heat still have two open roster spots for “two-way contracts,” in which players can spend up to 45 days with their NBA team and the rest of the season with that team’s G League affiliate.
And Miami has found veritable diamonds in the rough in the past. Derrick Jones Jr. first joined the Heat on a two-way contract during the 2017-18 season. The next season, he signed a standard contract with Miami and played in 60 games, 14 of which he started.
Moreover, the Heat’s history is replete with these types of players. Haslem went undrafted out of college. So did Tyler Johnson. Even Voshon Leonard was a second-round pick before signing with the Heat and jumpstarting a decade-long NBA career. (Let’s not talk about how Pat Riley drafted Patrick Beverley, only to cut him during the team’s 2010 training camp so players like Jamaal Magloire and Erick Dampier could be on the roster.)
Who are the players auditioning for those two spots on the Heat roster? Kyle Anderson, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Martin, who played for the Heat’s summer league team, all signed contracts to join the Heat for training camp. They each spoke at Toussaint L’Overture Elementary School in Miami’s Little Haiti community.
KZ Okpala, Miami’s second-round pick from the 2019 Draft, was also at the event.
KZ Okpala among Heat players at Toussaint L’ Ouverture Elementary this morning for the team’s “Back to School” event. pic.twitter.com/08mzPOalYo— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) August 19, 2019
Will one of those players emerge as a solid role player? We’ll have to see how each of them play during the pre-season.