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Caleb Martin
Caleb Martin
Position: F
Born: 09/28/95
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Salary: $462,629
Caleb Martin continues to provide unexpected and emotional value from his two-way contract, now with his double-figure scoring in three consecutive games and five of his last six. “Everybody came in locked in today,” he said. This time, he was up to 17 points by the intermission, built on his 5-of-6 first half on 3-pointers. He then opened the second half with a 3-pointer to establish a career high for conversions in a game. “If he didn’t play the first half,” Lowry said, “we would have gotten blown out.”
On a two-way contract, Martin is limited to 50 games on the active roster during the 82-game regular season. Nineteen games into the season, he already has burned 17 of that total (including one game against the Indiana Pacers, when he was active but did not play). That means, unless he is converted to a standard deal, he is eligible to be active for only 33 of the Heat’s 63 remaining games. “I haven’t really thought that far ahead,” Martin told the Sun Sentinel, as the Heat prepare to conclude their four-game trip on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. “I’ll leave that up to them. For them, that’s really on them to decide when they need me or when not.”
With Martin, there is a bit more flexibility. And once forward Markieff Morris returns from the whiplash that has had him out for almost three weeks, it is possible the Heat deactivate Martin on certain game nights, as has been the case twice this season. “Obviously that standard contract is what anybody who comes in on this situation works toward,” Martin, 26, said. “So, obviously, if that was the case, I’d be more than grateful and it would allow me to not only focus on my position here or not, because I just want to play, but it certainly would make things a lot easier. “But, yeah, that would be great if that happened.”
Storyline: Two-Way Contracts