4:20pm: The release of Dawkins is official, the Heat announced.
2:02pm: Dawkins’ agent tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the team has waived his client (Twitter link), though the Heat have yet to make an announcement. John Spencer of 540 Sports and Entertainment represents Dawkins, according to our Agency Database.
12:52pm: The Heat will release Andre Dawkins before the end of Wednesday, when his contract would become guaranteed for the season, reports Shams Charania of RealGM. Dawkins was a surprising presence on Miami’s opening-night roster thanks to his impressive three-point shooting during training camp and the preseason, but he’s appeared in more D-League games than NBA contests during the regular season. His minimum-salary contract is without any guaranteed money, beyond what he’s already earned this year, though that would change if the team kept him past this week’s leaguewide guarantee date. Miami will be responsible only for the money he’s already made, though his entire salary of more than $507K would come off the team’s books if another team claimed him off waivers.
Dawkins went undrafted out of Duke this past summer, but he made 12 of 20 three-point attempts for the Heat’s summer league team, and five of eight during the preseason. He was an eye-popping 41 of 79 from behind the arc in just eight D-League games this year, but he only made one three-pointer in six tries during 22 total regular season minutes for Miami.
The 23-year-old is the only Heat player without any guaranteed money on his contract, as our roster counts show, though Hassan Whiteside has already earned more than his $100K guarantee provided, meaning he’s on a de facto non-guaranteed deal. Most of Justin Hamilton‘s minimum salary is guaranteed, and the club’s other 12 players have fully guaranteed arrangements.