Heat Sign Haslem And Ennis As Busy Week Continues
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s been a busy week for the Miami Heat and that trend continued on Tuesday. The team locked up a couple more assets, signing forwards Udonis Haslem and James Ennis.
Haslem had previously opted out of the final year of his last contract that would’ve paid him $4.6 million in the upcoming season.
Instead, Haslem signed a two-year deal worth $5.6 million.
As the Heat continues to build up a very formidable roster while still planning for the future, Haslem became the latest player to sign a two-year contract joining Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Mario Chalmers and Danny Granger.
It’s clear that Pat Riley has an eye on the summer of 2016 when there will be a plethora of high-end talent hitting the free-agent waters.
As for Ennis, the second-year prospect has been turning heads during the Heat’s Summer League games in Orlando and Las Vegas and is hoping to crack Miami’s rotation in the upcoming season.
“We were excited to draft James a year ago and have been impressed by the growth of his game in Summer League and Puerto Rico, as well as his terrific experience in Australia, leading Perth to a championship,” said Heat President Pat Riley in a statement released on Tuesday. “We are looking forward to the infusion of energy he will bring to our roster.”
The Heat drafted Ennis in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. He spent last season playing in Puerto Rico and Australia, where he had one of the best rookie seasons in NBL history.
Ennis led his club, the Perth Wildcats, to the NBL Championship and was named to the All-NBL first team. He also finished third in the league in MVP voting, averaging 21.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 46.8-percent from the field.
Following the NBL season, Ennis was awarded the Gordon Ellis Medal after being named team MVP for the Wildcats.