Former Charlotte Hornets forward Caleb Martin signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday, filling out its final two-way contract, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Free agent forward Caleb Martin is signing a two-way contract with the Miami Heat, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Martin spent his first two seasons playing alongside his brother Cody in Charlotte; now they will compete in the same division.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 14, 2021
Martin, a 25-year-old defensive-minded wing with 3-point shooting flashes, went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, signing an Exhibit-10 contract — joining his twin brother, Cody, in Charlotte. By the season’s start, his Exhibit-10 contract turned into a partially guaranteed three-year contract.
In 71 career games with the Hornets, Martin’s averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 steals per game, shooting 39.1 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent from 3-point range and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line (49.7 true shooting percentage).
In 53 contests (3 starts) last season, Martin averaged 5.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists, knocking down 37.5 percent of his attempts and just 24.8 percent from deep on 2.4 attempts — significantly down from his 54.1 3-point percentage mark (on 2.1 attempts) in 2019-20.
He won the Mountain West Player of the Year in 2017-18 with Nevada, averaging 19.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals on 51.9 percent shooting (36.6 from deep) in two years with the Wolf Pack. Along with Cody, Martin helped lead them to two straight NCAA Tournament berths in 2017-18 and 2018-19 under former NBA and current Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman.
With the NBA’s newly-amended two-way contract, Martin will able to play a maximum of 50 games instead of being limited to just 45 days with the roster. Its other two-way deal was relegated to rookie guard Marcus Garrett earlier this month after putting together a strong Summer League stint with the Heat.
Miami plans to have a full 20-man preseason roster, which begins Oct. 4 against the Hawks.
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OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed Caleb Martin to a two-way contract.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 14, 2021
More on Martin - https://t.co/GTFvdJBm56 pic.twitter.com/RfVrn41o9u
Which essentially fills out the camp roster at 20 players. Marcus Garrett the other player on a two contract. https://t.co/zCqFpNsArd— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 14, 2021
Hornets bench after Caleb Martin's monster dunk pic.twitter.com/tqlY9KAOT6— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 10, 2021
OMG CALEB MARTIN. pic.twitter.com/QRzIHjtrta— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 7, 2021