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Heat ink Marcus Garrett to two-way deal

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Marcus Garrett will be a valuable asset to the Heat organization as a two-way player this season.

2021 California Classic Summer League: Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

The Miami Heat will be signing Marcus Garrett to a two-way contract for the upcoming season.

Garrett was a standout for the Miami Heat Summer League team. But his claim comes from the defensive side as he would just make life miserable for any ball-handler. He very much reminds you of guys like Pat Beverely who can make their mark by their defense.

As a two-way player, Garrett will be able to play 50 NBA games this season and split time between the Heat and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat’s G-League affiliate team. After 50 games, the Heat will either need to sign him to a standard NBA contract or keep him with the Skyforce. The Heat do know how to manage that time well to extend the entire season.

Miami has had a lot of success with their players joining that team with current guys like Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, and Gabe Vincent all having been a part of the Skyforce for moments.

Garrett’s biggest asset to the Heat this season may be his ability to push guys in practice — imagine Marcus being stuck on Tyler Herro for a practice session. That type of defensive presence will only make this team better behind the scenes.

And you add in the fact that the Heat are a little short-handed at the point guard spot with only Kyle Lowry and Gabe Vincent available currently (Oladpio may eventually be the backup point guard), you realize that Garrett may get his shot sooner than later.

It’s a good and expected pickup for the Heat. But they also have another two-way spot to hand out, one that will likely result from competition in training camp. In addition to that, the Heat also has one standard contract remaining.

What do you think about the Heat keeping Marcus Garrett on a two-way deal?