Report: Marcus Garrett to sign two-way contract with Miami Heat after strong summer


Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest (3) passes the ball away from Miami Heat guard Marcus Garrett during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas.

Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest (3) passes the ball away from Miami Heat guard Marcus Garrett during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. by AP Photo/David Becker

After creating the kind of defensive havoc during the NBA’s Summer League that he did for four years at Kansas, former KU guard Marcus Garrett received his first reward this week.

According to a tweet from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Garrett has signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat.

Wojnarowski got the info from Garrett’s new agent, Mike George of One Legacy Sports, which also represents NBA star Jamal Murray along with former Big 12 players Naz Mitrou-Long and Tariq Owens.

After going undrafted in July, Garrett quickly signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Miami Heat. The contract, which guaranteed very little, simply gave Garrett an opportunity. He did the rest.

From the opening game of the NBA’s Summer League on, Garrett showcased the kind of defense he became known for during his days as a Jayhawk.

He hounded ball handlers and picked their pockets clean. He also played the passing lanes and picked up easy baskets off of his defensive anticipation.

That led to pretty good offensive numbers, as well.

Garrett appeared in four Summer League games with the Heat, averaging 11 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.5 assists per game.

He also carried a +9.3 plus/minus number and shot 65.4% (17-of-26) from the floor and 43% (3-of-7) from 3-point range while helping the Heat record a 4-0 record.

The former Naismith Award national defensive player of the year scored in double figures in each of the four games and recorded 10 steals in two contests at the California Classic in Sacramento.

The two-way contract keeps Garrett’s rights with Miami and the Heat G League franchise in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the 2021-22 season.

He’ll be able to freely jump up and down between the two levels as the front office and coaching staff see fit, and he will not count against Miami’s 15-man roster limit.

In the games he plays with the Heat, Garrett will make NBA money and in the games he plays with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, he’ll make G League money.

That typically amounts to a salary of roughly $125,000 per year for standard players on two-way contracts.

Garrett’s goal now, of course, will be to make an NBA roster full-time. But, for an undrafted player, the opportunity to show what you can do on a two-way contract in Year 1 is about as good as you can ask for.

None by Adrian Wojnarowski


Brian Skelly 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Bully for him. He's a Pat Reilly type of player for sure.

Blake Brown 1 month, 3 weeks ago

So happy for Marcus. Saw him play a couple of summer league games and he was terrific. His defense was as we know it, but he made shots too and kept the offense in rhythm.

The last game he started and played about 7 minutes and did not return and I'm thinking he got injured. He did not play in the next 2 games and was shown as Coaches Decision. Never got any feedback as to why.

BTW, Dok was awesome for Utah. Looked a bit out of shape, but he was a force and unstoppable as he was in his last few games at KU.

Dale Rogers 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Just fyi, looks like the salary will be $462,xxx (half the rookie salary) if the rules gain full approval. Assuming the quoted site is accurate. This article was published July 2021

Rodney Crain 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Just be you MG. Shut down those Eastern Conference Guards, and you will make some very good money over your long career. At least Jimmy Butler will not be on the list!

Scott MacWilliams 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great news, but not unexpected. Marcus has shown time after time that he's going to work harder than anyone else on the floor. The NBA isn't known for being a defense-oriented place though. I'd love to see Marcus up against Curry, Damian Lillard or Giannis. I hope he is able to stay healthy & get on with the Heat. ROCK CHALK the HEAT Marcus!!

Robin Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Such a great franchise for maximizing their guys and a great fit for Marcus. He'll have the opportunity to get a lot of run in the G and could end up being a valued situational player even in legit moments for Heat given their roster construction.

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