Yante Maten Rumors

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Yante Maten
Yante Maten
Position: F
Born: 08/14/96
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $77,250
Anthony: There’s a real chance nobody takes the Heat’s 15th roster spot, with the 14 players under guaranteed contracts as the only locks to make the team. With Miami’s two two-way contract players — Duncan Robinson and Yante Maten — allowed to spend up to 45 days on NBA rosters, it can use them to fill any holes if Dion Waiters and James Johnson continue to miss time due to injuries. And that 45-day clock does not begin until the Oct. 22 start of G League training camps – three games into the Heat’s regular season. That means Miami will have its two-way contract players for the opening week of the season whether it fills the 15th roster spot or not. Plus, keeping a 15th player is just going to add to the Heat’s luxury-tax bill, which is currently at about $9.7 million. At approximately $6.3 million above the tax line, the Heat needs to shed that amount of payroll by the end of the season in order to get below the tax and avoid paying a penalty.
But that’s when the Heat decided to circle back on the initial plan to hold one of their two-ways deals until training camp. The package that could pay upwards of $385,000 for the season was offered to the former Michigan prep star. “It’s really been humbling,” Maten said of his road less traveled to an NBA uniform, “just realizing that you’ve got to really restart again, show your work and prove you’re an NBA player. So that’s one thing that I’ve been trying to do, like the Heat say, get one percent better. I’m making sure every day is a day that I’m winning.”
While some might view a two-way deal as something less than NBA entry, Maten appreciates the possibilities. “I think it will be a great opportunity for me to learn at both ends and show what I’m capable of,” he said, with the bulk of his time scheduled for the Heat’s developmental-league affiliate, the G League Sioux Falls Skyforce. “I think I’m able to stretch the floor as being a power forward, a big man. I play hard on both sides of the court, and just as someone that’s able to really get my team going.”