Heat Rookie Forward Impresses To Earn Contract

The Miami Heat have made some roster moves as they finesse the list of players who have a shot at making the team. The biggest move was to convert the contract of 6'7" rookie forward Jamal Cain to a two-way. He's had an impressive camp, and already has a huge fan in Bam Adebayo.

“This is Jamal Cain, man. Realize who this is," said Bam, with his arm around the rookie. "This is Jamal Cain. He’s going to be in the league for a long time. This is my dawg, man.” 

Cain impressed in the Heat's preseason win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. He's a presence at both ends of the floor, a valued trait for coach Erik Spoelstra. “He has the work ethic, he has the potential,” Spo said. “He’s raw, but you can see his athleticism, you can see his competitiveness.”

With a lack of depth at the 'four', Cain can certainly find a role on the team. His two-way contract allows him to play up to 50 games with the Heat, while the rest of his season would be spent at the team's G League affiliate. 

The Cain contract conversion has sparked other moves as well.

Miami will sign Mychal Mulder to an Exhibit 10 deal, while waiving Darius Days from his two-way deal.

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