The Heat have agreed to sign undrafted rookies Javonte Smart, A.J. Lawson, and RJ Nembhard, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (all Twitter links). Miami is also signing undrafted free agent Micah Potter, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link).
While Scotto specifies that Potter will receive an Exhibit 10 contract, Wojnarowski’s reports simply state that the Heat have agreed to “deals” with Smart, Lawson, and Nembhard. We’re assuming those are more than Summer League agreements, and Exhibit 10 pacts seem most likely.
Last offseason, Miami signed several young players to Exhibit 10 contracts and had them compete for two-way slots in training camp — that could be the plan again.
Smart, who declared for the draft following his junior year, averaged 16.0 PPG, 4.0 APG, and 3.7 RPG for LSU in 2020/21. The 6’4″ guard posted an impressive shooting line of .460/.402/.857 in 28 games (35.6 MPG), earning All-SEC Second Team honors.
Lawson, the 18th-ranked player on ESPN’s list of undrafted prospects, put up 16.6 PPG and 4.1 RPG with a .351 3PT% in 21 games (31.3 MPG) as a junior for South Carolina this past season. The 6’6″ shooting guard joined Smart on the All-SEC Second Team.
Nembhard was a redshirt junior for TCU in 2020/21 and averaged 15.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 4.0 APG in 24 games (34.9 MPG). The 6’5″ guard boosted his three-point percentage to 33.9% and made the All-Big 12 Third Team.
Finally, Potter is the only non-guard of the group, standing at 6’10” and playing power forward and center. In his two years with the Badgers, he averaged 11.6 PPG and 6.1 RPG, showing off an impressive three-point stroke (40.8%) in 52 games (20.3 MPG).
7 thoughts on “Heat To Sign Four Undrafted Free Agents”
Two of these guys will probably be rotation players. Miami is good at finding these undrafted guys and turning them into decent players.
They’re all muggles, even Potter.
They’re also bringing in DeJon Jarreau and DJ Stewart…I have to look more into all of these guys, as I’m catching up on the draft, but I saw a little bit of Jarreau and I’m pretty sure Kendrick Nunn and Gabe Vincent wont be back…
Will be nice to have summer league and full training camps back this year b/c I felt like that was missing last year, and the guys they brought in didnt get as much of a chance as you may have liked b/c of it. With the possibility that Okpala, Achiuwa, Strus, all of these guys are going to play, that should be a fun team to watch
…Heat also brought in Marcus Garrett from Kansas
The little I watched of Garrett, this dude has Heat DNA. Seems somewhat reminiscent of Josh Richardson
Javonte smart is a stud. I’ll be stunned if he doesn’t make the roster
Also Dru Smith