With designated gunslinger off the bench Mike Miller sidelined until January with a thumb injury, the Miami Heat have signed veteran wing Jerry Stackhouse to a deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
The move got approval from the other Heat players.
“I think he proved last year, coming back with the Bucks, that he’s a very productive player,” (Dwyane) Wade said.
“A tough guy, a professional, and a veteran with a very high basketball IQ,” (Udonis Haslem) said.
Players also said he moved well Saturday, although he did not get to practice with the team (he will Sunday).
Stackhouse, 36 and entering his 16th NBA season, came back last season for 42 games with the Milwaukee Bucks and did a good job shooting the rock from distance — he hit 43 percent of his shots from 16 feet out to the arc and 34.6 percent from three. Which was a bit of a surprise because Stackhouse has never been known as a shooter from deep, hitting 30 percent from three for his career. But like Jason Kidd, Stackhouse seems to have developed the shot as he has gotten older and can’t blow by people as easily. Stackhouse’s percentages are not nearly the numbers of Miller (48 percent from three last season) but if Stackhouse shoots the same as last season it will be solid and respectable.
Considering the situation, it was about as good a pickup as the Heat could make. Plus, he can sing the national anthem for them one night.
Now the question is who will be cleared off the Heat roster to make way for Stackhouse (the Heat were already at 16 in camp). Two of these three will be cut: point guard Patrick Beverley, injured forward Da’Sean Butler and center Jamaal Magloire. Beverley likely seems gone, but for the last roster spot do the Heat go with another big man or the injured rookie who shows promise down the line but will contribute little if anything this season?
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.