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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

They have Kendrick Nunn 2.0 in hopes of a summer, slashed to 88-78 Raptors in Vegas Summer League

Having previously gained unexpected value recently from an unlikely prospect out of Oakland University, the Miami Heat have gone that direction again.

The Heat on Friday signed guard Jamal Cain to an Exhibit 10 contract that would allow the summer-league prospect to attend training camp and then potentially receive a small guarantee if he joins the team’s G League ally, Sioux Falls leads into Skyforce.

Cain dropped out of Oakland University last month, agreeing to play in the Summer League for the Heat shortly thereafter. He follows in the footsteps of former Oakland guard Kendrick Nunn, who finished as a Heat rookie in 2019-20 after dropping out of the Detroit-area school in 2018.

“It raised my confidence to a whole different level,” Cain said of following the nun’s path. “And I really talked to Kendrick, as well, about what it’s like and what I need to do to be successful here. And he told me a lot; he helped me a lot.”

The move with Kane was made in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League ahead of their 88-78 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night at the UNLV campus, with Kane closing in on six points and five rebounds.

The Heat completed their summer league schedule on Saturday with a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at 11 p.m. Eastern.

Cain, 23, played four seasons at Marquette before completing college eligibility at Oakland.

He then went on to score eight points and five rebounds in the Heat’s summer-league opener on July 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the California Classic, only to be sidelined by COVID, forced to quarantine at a San Francisco hotel. Gone.

“You speak of bad luck,” said Heat assistant coach Malik Allen, who is guiding the Heat’s summer roster. “He was like the only bright spot in our Lakers game. And that night, he’s not feeling well. Then he finds out he has COVID.”

Cain missed three games before rejoining the Heat in Las Vegas.

“To start with, those six days were probably the longest six days I think I would have ever experienced,” Cain said. “Finding out that I had COVID was heartbreaking for me, because I was so excited to get out here and hang out with these people. But things happen. You have to deal with it. You have to find a way to be better than this.”

At 6ft 7, Cane offers a creepy wing appearance. He averaged 19.9 points on .499 shooting and 10.2 rebounds last season, being named Horizon League Co-Player of the Year, his conference’s lone player average in points and rebounds with double figures.

“They like that I can defend multiple positions, the way I can defend, the way I can stay on the whole floor,” Cain said of his reaction to the Heat. “Just play to my strengths, trying to be athletic on the wing, trying to take advantage of mismatches and things like that.”

Cain’s signing Heat gives 18 players under contract, two shy of the NBA off-season maximum. That number is effectively 19, with veteran forward Udonis Haslem expected to return for his 20th season.

Cain joins fellow summer-league prospects Orlando Robinson and Jamri Bouya Exhibit 10 tryout contracts, with the Heat able to funnel up to four such players directly to their G League ally. Like Robinson, an unfinished center out of Fresno State, and Bouya, an unfinished guard out of San Francisco, Cain is qualified to compete at training camp for a standard roster spot or a two-way contract.

Teams must trim a maximum of 15 players under standard contracts and up to two by the regular season opener on two-way contracts.

no jovik, yurtseven

The Heat were again without big men Omar Yurtseven and Nikola Jovic due to quadriceps injuries. Marcus Garrett and Boya were given a night’s rest.

The Heat started out against the Raptors with a lineup of Robinson, Haywood Highsmith, Mychal Mulder, Javonte Smart and Kyle Allman Jr.

The Raptors went on to win the game by 18 for a point-differential tiebreaker to advance to the NBA Las Vegas Summer League championship game.

Allman led the heats with 17 points, with Smart scoring 13 and Robinson closing in on 13 points with a double-double and 11 rebounds.

The loss in the Summer League dropped the Heat 2–5, including 1–2 in their three games at the California Classic.


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