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Analyst comments on Heat Guard’s mutual prospects

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When it comes to NBA callouts, most teams would struggle to replicate the success the Miami Heat had with Kyle Guy. Just a day after the former NCAA tournament hero signed on the dotted line, he mustered 17 points, four dimes, four boards and three steals against the Rockets.

And while he has yet to reach the high standard he set in his first game, Guy has continued to play well for head coach Erik Spoelstra whenever he’s had the minutes.

So it came as no surprise when the Heat decided to sign him on a second 10-day hardship deal on Jan. 10. The question remains though – where will Guy go once the Heat are healthy and Covid-free?

For his part, a league insider believes the 24-year-old has shown enough during his short stint with the Heat to extend his current stint with the federation.

On Thursday, The Athletic’s John Hollinger – a stats guru and former league manager – put the spotlight on some of the better hardship players to make it to the league in recent months – plus by giving his own all- Hardship team selected.

As you’d expect, Guy was one of his picks, along with the likes of Lance Stephenson, Stanley Johnson, Alfonzo McKinnie, Marquese Chriss, and others. In his report on the heat guard, Hollinger went on to say that Guy should get another deal after his current 10 days are up.

“Wahoowa!!” he wrote. “Kyle Guy has played two ways at Sacramento for the last two years and will be a prime candidate to sign another once his stint with the Heat ends.”

With Guy’s averages of 8.2 points and 2.3 assists in 17.2 minutes per game — and a shot split of 51-45-80 — Hollinger doesn’t stoop too much here.

However, there are real questions to be asked as to where the next opportunity for the 6ft 1 combo guard will come from.

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Although Heat fans are no doubt keen for Guy to remain at the club for the remainder of the season, the team’s overcrowded roster and struggling financial situation could prevent that from happening.

From the looks of it, Caleb Martin and Marcus Garrett are capturing Miami’s two two-way spots. For his part, Martin was something of a revelation to the Heat itself. As of Dec. 4, the 6-foot-5 wing has averaged 14.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.

Garrett, on the other hand, is an intriguing prospect due to his defensive skills.

The Heat could convert Martin’s deal into a standard contract that would free up a two-way spot for Guy. However, there are also luxury tax concerns to consider. Still, it seems Guy probably struck a two-way deal somewhere.

Whether that’s in Miami or elsewhere remains to be seen.


Whether that’s in Miami or elsewhere remains to be seen.

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