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Haywood Highsmith to Return to Heat on a One-Year Deal

The Miami Heat have agreed to bring back swingman Haywood Highsmith, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Highsmith will be staying in Miami with a new two-year, $11 million deal, fully guaranteed without any team or player options for the second year, Wojnarowski adds.

Standing at 6 feet 7 inches tall with a wingspan of seven feet, Highsmith earned a significant role in Miami over the past couple of seasons primarily for his defensive skills.

However, he has also improved on the offensive side, achieving career highs in points per game (6.1), field-goal percentage (46.5%), and three-point shooting (39.6%) while playing an average of 20.7 minutes across 66 games in the 2023/24 season, including 26 starts.

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports that despite interest from teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, who were limited to offering minimum salaries, Highsmith expressed his preference to stay with Miami. The Bucks, with Damian Lillard’s involvement in recruiting, made a push for him.

Due to salary cap constraints near the tax apron, the Heat couldn’t offer much more than the $11 million deal, keeping them cautious about their financial position.

With this signing, the Heat now have 14 players under guaranteed contracts, leaving one spot open on their roster unless they make further moves before the season starts.

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