Former Kansas guard Marcus Garrett has been waived by the Miami Heat after a wrist injury forced him into season-ending surgery.
According to a report from The Miami Herald, Garrett, 23, will have surgery to fix the “instability in his right wrist” and remain around the organization while going through rehab.
Garrett has not played for the Heat since late December, with tendinitis in the wrist plaguing him throughout the season.
The Dallas native signed a two-way deal with the Heat in September after impressing in the NBA’s Summer League as an undrafted free agent.
While it was his defense, high basketball IQ and effort and tenacity that earned him a roster spot, Garrett recorded 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting (including 1-of-4 from 3-point range) to go along with 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks in 12 games with Miami this season.
The rest of Garrett’s time was spent playing for the Heat’s G League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In Sioux Falls, Garrett averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks in eight games.
The Heat appear to be poised to sign former Virginia standout Kyle Guy to the two-way contract that came open by waiving Garrett. According to the Herald’s report, all two-way contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season on Thursday.
Ever the showman and nearly always confident in every shot he took, former Kansas All-American Devonte’ Graham spent countless hours firing up half-court shots throughout his KU career.
In practice. At shoot-arounds. At home and on the road. If the basketballs were out and shots were going up, Graham almost always found a way to fire up a few from halfcourt and beyond, making at least one pretty much every time.
On Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, all of that practice paid off.
With Graham’s New Orleans Pelicans tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder following a deep, game-tying 3-pointer from OKC guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Graham took a short inbounds pass from teammate Josh Hart with 1.4 seconds remaining and went looking for a miracle.
He found it, just seconds later, after his three-quarter court heave from along the right baseline banged off the backboard and fell through to give the Pelicans the improbable victory.
The long-range bomb, which came from 61 feet away and was the longest buzzer-beater game-winner in the NBA in 25 years, capped a solid night for the former Jayhawk, who finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.
After the victory, New Orleans head coach Willie Green said, the buzzer beater notwithstanding, he was proud of the way Graham was more aggressive and more assertive offensively throughout the game.
Traded to New Orleans by Charlotte in the offseason, Graham is averaging 13.3 points and 4.5 assists in 31.1 minutes per game for the Pelicans. He has started all 27 game he has played in so far this season.