August 5, 2021 | 2:19 pm EDT Update
Dane Moore: Notes from Jaylen Nowell’s presser: – “I definitely think I could run the team from a point guard aspect. I showed that a little bit last year.” – Said he fouled too much last year. D is a focus – Working on comfort in catch + shoot; currently more comfortable off the bounce
August 5, 2021 | 2:15 pm EDT Update
The revelation of the Miami Heat’s summer league program is free to leave and sign with another team at any time. But Keith Glass, the agent for blossoming young big man Omer Yurtseven, indicated Thursday that the Heat isn’t going to be blindsided by any move. “It’s clear the Heat are interested in Omer and as importantly, Omer is interested in them,” Glass said, while indicating that there’s no Heat contract in place for the unrestricted free agent.
Glass has received multiple phone calls from other teams in the wake of Yurtseven’s two impressive games in the California Summer League in Sacramento. The 7-0 center had 27 points and 19 rebounds in Tuesday’s opener against the Lakers and followed that on Wednesday with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 shooting on threes, eight rebounds and three blocks against Golden State.
So why didn’t the Heat exercise the 2021-22 option on Yurtseven’s contract by last Sunday’s deadline, considering it wasn’t even guaranteed for next season? Glass explained that the Heat simply was doing what he requested. “I asked them when we signed [on May 14]” to not exercise the Aug. 1 option “so that when they gave me the option, they could go back to me and do a new deal.They kept their word. The only thing they didn’t do at that time [last Sunday] was make a deal. Now it’s a different time.”
Glass, a longtime agent, said: “After I made 300 phone calls on behalf of Omer, they were the only ones that stepped up to the plate and there’s a value to that. We do feel a certain appreciation toward the Heat and on a practical level, we’ve seen what they’ve been able to do [developing young players]. He’s unique in that he’s 7 feet and has a skill set that’s not normal. “He’s willing to learn, and he has things that you cannot teach. Miami knows that and now apparently have some others. We’re thrilled with how he’s playing.”