Instead of letting the three undrafted players the Miami Heat signed last week compete for the team’s second two-way roster spot, Miami signed former Charlotte Hornet Caleb Martin to a two-way contract earlier this week. (Rookie Marcus Garrett already has Miami’s other two-way contract.)
Martin turns 26 years old on Sept. 28, so he’s older than most players on two-way contracts. But because of Victor Oladipo’s injury and Miami’s reliance on unproven players like Gabe Vincent and Max Strus for bench minutes, Martin could become a consistent rotation player. If Martin plays better than Strus early in the year, Erik Spoelstra could swap their places on the depth chart.
I wouldn’t bet on that, though. The player who gets those backup shooting guard/small forward minutes — at least until Oladipo returns — will be the one who can most consistently knock down 3s. Martin shot just 25 percent from 3-point range last season. Strus wasn’t much better, at 33.8 percent. If Strus can get his 3-point percentage up to the high 30s this year, he’ll have the role. But if Martin shows himself to be the more competent NBA player, he may achieve his goal and “become a full-time roster guy.”