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Heat to convert Silva contract into 3-year deal

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Miami can convert Silva’s contract into a standard deal Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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UPDATE: Barry Jackson said that the Heat will switch Silva’s contract into a three-year standard deal on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson said that “there’s strong sentiment” toward converting Chris Silva’s deal into a standard contract next week. Jackson said that Miami may sign Silva to a three-year contract to retain his Bird rights — which allow teams to go over the salary cap to re-sign their own players.

Silva, the 6-foot-9 rookie from Gabon, is on a two-way contract with the Miami Heat. But he hasn’t spent one day with the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season, instead serving as a backup big man for the Heat. He’s fallen out of the rotation lately, as Erik Spoelstra has given more playing time to Meyers Leonard.

Miami can sign Silva to a standard contract Tuesday, Jan. 14. Wednesday is the deadline to sign players to two-way contracts. If the Heat sign Silva to a standard contract on Tuesday or Wednesday, they can add another two-way contract player.

Silva called getting his two-way contract converted into a standard deal, “My hope and dream.”