The Heat have waived Micah Potter, Javonte Smart, Dru Smith, and D.J. Stewart, per a team press release. All four players were on Exhibit 10 contracts.
All four players were undrafted rookies, and if they spend at least 60 days with the Heat’s G League squad, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, they could earn a bonus of up to $50K.
Potter, 6’10”, played two seasons with Ohio State before transferring to Wisconsin. He showed an impressive shooting touch for a big man, connecting on 38.6% of his three-point attempts and 84% of his free throws as a senior. He also had a strong preseason showing with the Heat, appearing in three games with averages of 10.3 PPG and 11.3 RPG in 24.0 minutes.
Smart, a 6’4″ guard, played college ball at LSU, averaging 16.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 4.0 APG (35.6 MPG) in 28 games as a senior. He appeared in five preseason contests with the Heat.
Smith, a 6’3″ guard, played for Evansville before transferring to Missouri. He averaged 14.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, and 2.1 SPG (34.1 MPG) in 26 games as a senior. He appeared in three preseason games with the Heat.
Stewart, a 6’6″ wing, declared for the draft after two seasons at Mississippi State. He averaged 16.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, and 3.1 APG (35.0 MPG) in 28 games as a sophomore and appeared in four preseason contests with the Heat.
The moves leave the Heat with 14 players on guaranteed contracts and both two-way slots filled.
10 thoughts on “Heat Waive Potter, Smart, Smith, Stewart”
Potter had bulletproof stats at Wisc onsin, 29 PER, hit 1s, 2s, &3s, did not foul much for a big.
I really don’t like the way Potter treated the people of Bedford Falls.
If you watch the film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), then you’ll get it.
It’s what people used to watch on X-mas before A Christmas Story.
ah… I thought this was a reference to something he did in college.. went right over my head haha… I’ve heard a billion harry potter puns on him.. but not Mr. Potter
I hope Potter is the Heat’s starting PF by this time next year.. that guy showed me A LOT this pre season.
Surprised about Potter he looked very good!
He’s very raw…. a year in the Heat’s G League and he may be the next in the line of what.. 20 guys the Heat pulled of the scrap heap and turned into NBAers?
HEAT should’ve picked Potter for their last 2-way, instead of Martin.
They need these back-up stretch bigs, once the injury bug hits. Garrett was the right choice for the first 2-way though.
Only reason Potter didnt get a spot as a floor spacing big is Yurtseven. They needed wing help, after not previously addressing it, and leaving the last roster spot open…personally, I feel like keeping Gabe Vincent, and signing Markieff Morris instead of other options have been mistakes, nothing against Vincent, but in terms of flexibility and the other roster options they had within at guard at the time…in those scenarios, at least 1 more of these guys could have probably been kept