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.”
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.”
Although it is an option because of his two-way status, it appears unlikely the Heat would ship him for stints with their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, although he said he would understand if that is what is requested. “Sometimes it’s about wanting to get in there and get reps, but obviously mental reps are a big part of it, too,” he said of the benefits of practicing with the Heat. “So sometimes it might be better for me to stay here and make sure I stay engaged, because I am thrown in there a good amount of times. So just to be ready, so when my numbers is called, that I’m not out of the loop.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Ish Wainright is signing a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns, his agents Jim Tanner and Deirunas Visockas of @Tandem Sports tell ESPN. Wainright, 27, played well in training camp for the Raptors. He's been playing overseas since his Baylor graduation in 2017.
Marc J. Spears: The Golden State Warriors say they have been awarded guard Jeff Dowtin off of waivers. Dowtin’s contract has been converted to a Two-Way deal.
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets are claiming Garrison Matthews off of waivers, sources tell @TheAthletic. Matthews will be on a two-way contract.
Shams Charania: The Spurs claimed former Lakers/Nets forward Devontae Cacok off waivers and will convert Cacok to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: The Washington Wizards have claimed Lakers camp guard Joel Ayayi off waivers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Ayayi is on a two-way contract.
The Utah Jazz have converted the contract of forward Malik Fitts to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Fitts (6-8, 230, St. Mary’s) played in four preseason games with the Jazz, seeing action in four games, averaging 3.8 points on 45.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from three, along with 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 11.8 minutes per contest.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Bulls are converting F/C Tyler Cook’s deal to a two-way contract, sources tell ESPN.
Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets are converting guard Daishen Nix's deal to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Nix, who played with No. 2 pick Jalen Green with NBA G League Ignite, joined the Rockets for training camp.
Ian Begley: Source confirms Luka Samanic and Knicks have agreed to a deal. Spurs waived Samanic, the No. 19 pick in 2019 draft, earlier this month. First reported by The Athletic, which notes that it is a 2-way deal. Samanic would fill the Knicks’ second 2-way spot.
Keith Smith: The Houston Rockets have converted Armoni Brooks to a Two-Way contract, a league source tells @spotrac .
Shams Charania: The Lakers are progressing toward a two-way deal with free agent forward Sekou Doumbouya, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Doumbouya was the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Shams Charania: The Detroit Pistons are signing rookie center Luka Garza to a new two-year contract, his agents Mike Kneisley and Odell Witherspoon told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Garza, the No. 52 pick, has his two-way converted to a full NBA deal.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward/center Marquese Chriss, guard Quinn Cook, forward Patrick Patterson and guard Dennis Smith Jr. to training camp contracts and guard/forward Keljin Blevins to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Portland will begin its training camp with Media Day on Monday, September 27 followed by the team’s first practice on Tuesday, September 28. Training camp practice times will be relayed at a later date.
Michael Scotto: The Utah Jazz have agreed to a two-way deal with Justin James, agents Austin Walton and Adam Papas of @nxtsportsagency told HoopsHype.
Ben Anderson: Justin James is entering his third NBA season after two years in Sacramento. He was the 40th pick of the 2019 NBA draft out of @wyo_mbb and has career averages of 3.2 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. At 6'7, 190 lbs, he shoots 44% from the floor and 34% from three.
The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Petr Cornelie to a two-way contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
JD Shaw: Guard Brodric Thomas has signed his two-way qualifying offer with the Cavaliers, league source tells @HoopsRumors.
Keith Smith: The contract Chandler Hutchison signed with the Phoenix Suns is a Two-Way deal, a league sourced confirmed to @spotrac.
Your Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed Marcus Garrett to a two-way contract. Garrett appeared in four Summer League games with the HEAT and averaged 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.25 steals, 1.5 assists and a +9.3 plus/minus while shooting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from three-point range, helping Miami to a perfect 4-0 record before leaving his fifth game early due to an illness. He scored in double-figures in each of the four games and recorded 10 steals in two contests during the California Classic in Sacramento. He recorded a positive plus/minus in each game, including a +26 in the two games in Las Vegas.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kansas guard Marcus Garrett is signing a two-way deal with the Miami Heat, his agent Mike George of @onelegacysports tells ESPN. Garrett honored his college rep as a tenacious defender in summer league.
Brady Hawk: And the Heat officially lock up Marcus Garrett on a 2-way deal Haven’t seen an undrafted player this solid on defense in a while Quick feet, active hands, on-ball mechanics, off-ball anticipation And if a spot-up jumper is developed to become a 3 & D guy, they got something
Tim MacMahon: Source: Mavs are signing guard JaQuori McLaughlin to a two-way deal. He played for the Warriors’ summer league team.
JD Shaw: The Mavericks have requested waivers on Nate Hinton, who’s expected to receive interest from multiple teams. Hinton spent last season on a two-way deal with the club.
Barry Jackson: Former Naismith Defensive Player of Year Marcus Garrett remains well positioned for Heat 2-way this summer. Heat obviously also looking at other young players to potentially compete for a 2-way. Every team has two 2-way contracts; those players can be active for 50 NBA games.
Chris Kirschner: Skylar Mays has signed his two-way qualifying offer with the Hawks, sources tell @The Athletic. Mays joins Sharife Cooper as Atlanta’s two two-way players on its roster for the coming season.
Tony East: The Pacers just announced that they have signed guard DeJon Jarreau to a two-way contract. In order to free up the roster space to do so, Amida Brimah was waived. Jarreau is a talented defender from the University of Houston who played well for the Miami Heat in summer league.
Scott Agness: The Pacers are signing DeJon Jarreau to a two-way contract, league source told @FieldhouseFiles. Story: fieldhousefiles.substack.com/p/dejon-jarrea…
Fred Katz: The Wizards have re-signed point guard Cassius Winston on a two-way contract, sources tell @The Athletic. Winston was also on a two-way with Washington last year.
Keith Smith: Josh Hall has re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a Two-Way contract, a league source tells @spotrac.
Keith Smith: Chris Smith's Two-Way contract with the Detroit Pistons is for two years, a league source tells @spotrac.
James Edwards III: Pistons have made the two-way signings of Luka Garza and Chris Smith official.
Shams Charania: Pistons rookie center Luka Garza will sign a two-way deal, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . Garza, the No. 52 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, had a standout summer league for Detroit.
The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Markus Howard to a two-way contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Aaron Wiggins to a Two-Way Contract, it was announced today by Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Eugene Omoruyi to a Two-Way contract. Omoruyi went undrafted out of Oregon at the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Memphis Grizzlies announced that the team has signed Killian Tillie to a two-way contract. The 23-year-old French played 18 games for the Grizzlies last season.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest has signed a two way deal to remain with the team. Forrest was on a two way last season
Josh Robbins: The Orlando Magic plan to sign forward Ignas Brazdeikis to a two-way contract, @The Athletic has learned from a league source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Forward Daulton Hommes — the 2019 Division II player of the year — has agreed to a two-way deal with New Orleans, his agent James Dunleavy of @excelbasketball tells ESPN. He’s playing for Pels summer league team after a season in Italy.
The Sacramento Kings have signed center Neemias Queta (Nuh-mee-us Kay-tuh) to a two-way contract, according to General Manager Monte McNair. Selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 39th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Queta accrued career averages of 13.2 points (.594 FG%) 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 28.0 minutes per game in 86 games (84 starts) at Utah State and was named Mountain West Conference (MWC) Defensive Player of the Year for both 2019 and 2021. He was also selected to the MWC All-Defensive First Team in each of the three seasons, and setting single-season records of 97 blocks and blocks per game (3.3) during the 2020-21 season.
Michael Scotto: The New York Knicks have signed Jericho Sims to a two-way contract, team says.
“In a way we did,” he said of turning down opportunities to get drafted. “It was just what I was comfortable with. It’s a dream to hear your name called and be on that stage and everything. “But as you get older and understand more things and have people in your corner that have been in situations, you try to be in the grand scheme and the big picture comes into play, and understanding the type of player I am, [this decision] is for the long run.”
Offensively, Henry can play off the ball, whether he’s cutting to the basket or spacing the floor. He’s a good slasher. He’s a solid shooter, but needs to be more consistent. “Really he’s a great kid,” Adams said. “It’s cool to have him. You know when you get a kid from Michigan State, you know because of [Michigan State coach] Tom Izzo they are going to be tough as nails and he’s definitely that. ... I think he’s got a real future in this league.”
Tony East: The Pacers just announced that they have signed Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract. They also announced that Terry Taylor and Keifer Sykes have been signed. Those two are coming in on training camp deals.
Keith Smith: Per a source: The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to Two-Way player Nico Mannion. He's now a restricted free agent.
Keith Smith: Per a source: The Detroit Pistons have extended a qualifying offer to Two-Way player Saben Lee. He's now a restricted free agent. The Pistons have also officially renounced the draft rights to Jaylen Hands.
Keith Smith: Per a source: The Denver Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Two-Way player Markus Howard. He's now a restricted free agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: All-ACC forward Matthew Hurt has agreed to a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets, sources tell ESPN. Hurt was the conference’s leading scorer at Duke this season.
Darren Wolfson: #Timberwolves had interest. But he shot the lights out in his Houston workout, looked at as better opportunity with the Rockets.
Shams Charania: Sources: Undrafted Virgina forward Sam Hauser has agreed to a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics.
Will Guillory: Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado has agreed to a two-way deal with the Pelicans, sources confirm. @ksugiuraajc had the news first.
Adrian Wojnarowski: UCLA’s Chris Smith has agreed to a two-way deal with the Pistons, sources tell ESPN.
Scott Agness: Pacers have reached agreement with Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. on a two-way deal, per source. He was teammates with Cassius Stanley at Sierra Canyon. He then started in all 31 games last season, averaged 16.4pts and shot 37.4% from distance.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers have agreed to sign shooting guard Austin Reeves to a two-way contract, according to league sources. He split his college career at Wichita State and Oklahoma.
Adrian Wojnarowski: LSU's Trendon Watford plans to sign a two-way deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Colorado's McKinley Wright has agreed to a two-way with the Timberwolves, source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi has agreed to a two-way contract with the Lakers, source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ohio State's Duane Washington has agreed to a two-way deal with the Indiana Pacers, source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Michigan State's Aaron Henry has agreed to a two-way deal with the 76ers, sources tell ESPN.
• Two-Way Player Rules: For the 2021-22 season, each two-way player will be paid a flat salary equal to 50% of the minimum player salary applicable to a player with zero years of service. A player under a two-way contract will be permitted to be on the NBA team’s active list for no more than 50 games during the regular season, with no limit on practices, workouts or other activities with the NBA team. In addition, there will be no deadline for signing two-way contracts with respect to the 2021-22 season, a change from the rule in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that prohibits teams from signing a player to a two-way contract after Jan. 15 of any season.
November 30, 2021 | 1:37 pm EST Update
Mike Trudell: Update on Avery Bradley: an MRI in Sacramento on Monday night revealed a UCL sprain of right thumb. Bradley will go through further medical testing when the team returns to Los Angeles following Tuesday night’s game.
Rylan Stiles: Mark Daigneault calls Theo Maledon “a better player overall than he was last year.” Says “he will be going back to the Blue, he needs those reps.” Adds “he needs those reps, it’ll come back around to him just like it did for Isaiah last night.”
Rylan Stiles: Ty Jerome says playing the same team you just lost to is a dream scenario because you always “want another crack” at that team. OKC looks to snap their losing skid against Houston on Wednesday.
NBA forward and sneakerhead P.J. Tucker is honoring fashion icon Virgil Abloh with his shoe choice for Monday night’s game … rocking a pair of Off-White Jordan 5s with a special tribute. The Heat baller showed off the kicks prior to taking the court against the Denver Nuggets … which have messages etched in Sharpie — “Thanks for a lifetime of inspiration” and “Virgil will always be here.”