Everyone expected the Heat to make a star signing this offseason. But on the same day Damian Lillard headed to the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami sparked fan outrage by announcing the signing of undrafted guard RJ Hampton to a two-way contract.
The Miami Heat 바카라사이트 announced the signing of RJ Hampton on Monday (Aug. 28). The team signed Hampton to a two-way contract to add some bench depth.
The timing of the signing has sparked outrage among Miami fans. The Heat had announced a major offseason upgrade. The league’s best point guard, Damian Lillard, publicly expressed his desire to join the Heat, making a move to Miami a certainty. However, after failing to satisfy Portland with a modest offer, Miami lost Lillard to conference rival Milwaukee.
Miami, whose guard corps wasn’t exactly strong last season, brought in Hampton as an emergency measure. The 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 draft has struggled to adjust to the NBA. In his short NBA career, he’s bounced between Denver, Orlando, and Detroit before landing in Miami.
Last season, he averaged 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 47 games. He had an inefficient offense, shooting just 43% from the field.
The Hampton signing is actually a bummer for Miami fans. They’ve spent the entire offseason anticipating the arrival of superstar Lillard. A meeting was confirmed when Lillard publicly requested a trade to Miami. However, the Heat lost Lillard to an Eastern Conference rival, only to break fans’ hearts by announcing the signing of an undrafted guard on the same day.