The Heat have signed Briante Weber and waived Corey Hawkins, the team announced. Weber, an undrafted combo guard from VCU, struck a deal to join the Heat in September but was unable to pass a physical as he continued to recover from tears in the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee suffered January 31st, scuttling the agreement. Hawkins was with the Heat on a non-guaranteed deal. The moves keep the Heat at a full 20-man roster. Miami has been carrying 13 fully guaranteed salaries, as our roster count shows.
Weber, 22, reportedly met with the Pacers this summer amid interest from half the league, but it appeared when his initial deal with Miami fell apart that he preferred to play with the Heat organization, whether it was in the D-League or as part of the NBA roster. Miami wouldn’t have been able to keep him out of the October 31st D-League draft unless it signed him to an NBA contract first, so it’s possible that the Heat are making today’s move primarily with the D-League in mind.
Indeed, it’s expected that Weber and Hawkins will both end up with the Heat’s D-League team, writes Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Hawkins, a 24-year-old shooting guard who went undrafted out of UC Davis this summer, scored six points in 14 total minutes of action across two preseason appearances.
Earlier today I examined the decisions facing the Heat as they fill out the end of their regular season roster. Weber joins Keith Benson, James Ennis, Tyler Johnson, Tre Kelley, John Lucas III and Greg Whittington among those ostensibly in the mix for as many as two spots for opening night.
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