Donedeal: Miami has signed $80 million star player on a blockbuster deal

Donedeal: Miami has signed $80 million star player on a blockbuster deal

Another successful Heat development is Haywood Highsmith.

The 6’7″ forward’s role has expanded throughout his three years in Miami, and it is anticipated that he will support Nikola Jovic at the four this season. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said that the team has signed him to a two-year, $11 million contract for this reason.

That compensation appears to be reasonable for Highsmith—it is barely above the taxpayer midlevel exception. He is a skilled defender who shot 39.6% from three on about three attempts each game last season. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in roughly 20 minutes per night.

After the season, Highsmith expressed his desire to go back to Miami, but he had to accept the best offer because this is a business.

With 14 players under contract, the Heat roster is essentially set in stone at this point. With Jimmy Butler, who is in the final year of his contract, and an extended Bam Adebayo, the Heat are effectively running it back for the time being. A trade might happen during training camp or closer to the deadline in February of next year.

Miami Heat re-signs Haywood Highsmith: Complete terms of the agreement made public

Haywood Highsmith is returning to the Miami Heat.

ESPN was the first to report that Highsmith, 27, would sign a two-year, $11 million contract to rejoin the Heat. There are no choices included in the deal, which is totally guaranteed.

As the Heat now have 14 players on standard contracts and are just below the second apron, it appears that Miami’s free agent signing days are likely over, barring a change in the roster.

After DeMar DeRozan agreed to a sign-and-trade that took him to the Sacramento Kings and Caleb Martin signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat decided to sign Highsmith. Highsmith signed a two-year contract extension because he wanted to stay in Miami.

In 20.7 minutes per game, Highsmith averaged 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.8 steals. He played excellent defense and made about 40% of his three-pointers. He ought to see more playing opportunities now that Martin is gone.

With this, where does the Heat roster stand?
The Heat’s roster appears full with 14 players under contract and no room to sign more without going over the second tax bracket.

In the event that the Heat make no moves before the season begins, below is the anticipated depth chart:

Terry Rozier and Alec Burks, PG
SG: Josh Richardson, Pelle Larsson, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro
Jaime Jaquez Jr. / Jimmy Butler in the SF; Nikola Jovic and Haywood Highsmith in the PF
C: Thomas Bryant / Kel’el Ware / Kevin Love / Bam Adebayo

In addition, the Heat hold two-way contracts with guards Dru Smith and Zyon Pullin and forward Keshad Johnson.

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