The Miami Heat have come to terms on a contract with Jordan Mickey, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The deal is worth a guaranteed $1.5 million and includes a team option for the 2018-19 season.
Mickey was drafted with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. However, he was never able to become a consistent performer, partially due to the Celtics’ depth and desire to win now.
Last season, the power forward appeared in only 25 games, playing in 5,6 minutes per contest. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field.
Mickey is the second former Celtics’ big man that the Heat have signed this summer after they gave a multi-year contract to Kelly Olynyk.
While Mickey has not shown much ability in the NBA to bring in hope for his development, he is still sufficiently young enough (23 years old) for that to change. Notably, his rim protection has been a strong skill, with a 15.1 percent blocking rate during his rookie year – a number that is unsustainable due to the limited sample size.
As it stands, Mickey will be a flyer for the Heat who are attempting to simultaneously compete in the East while rebuilding for the future.