Former IU star Thomas Bryant will play for the Miami Heat next season according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent Thomas Bryant has agreed on a two-year, $5.4 million deal with the Miami Heat, his agents Mark Bartelstein and Zach Kurtin of @PrioritySports tell ESPN. Player option on second year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2023
Bryant joined Denver in February and got a championship ring.
Former Hoosiers Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller played with Miami and faced Bryant in the NBA Finals. Oladipo has since been traded to Oklahoma City and Zeller is a free agent.
Bryant did not play at all for the Nuggets during their playoffs run to the Finals. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game for Denver after a midseason trade from the Lakers.
Bryant was averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 65.4% overall with Los Angeles prior to the trade. He filled in admirably for the Lakers when star big man Anthony Davis was out from mid-December to late January. Bryant put up similar numbers in 2019-20 and 2020-21 before a knee injury set him back.
The 25-year-old Bryant was taken in the second round by Utah in 2017, but was sent Lakers as part of a trade. He played four years in Washington before signing with the Lakers again a year ago.
A two-time third-team All-Big Ten selection, Bryant is Indiana’s all-time and single season leader in field goal percentage (59.2 and 68.3, respectively). As a freshman at IU, his 15 points in the second half led the Hoosiers to a 73-67 win over No. 10 Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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