July 20, 2024

Former IU center Thomas Bryant, who recently declined his player option with Miami, is rejoining the Heat on a one-year contract.Indiana Hoosiers basketball: Malik Reneau development key for Hoosiers

According to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel, Bryant’s decision to opt out and then sign with the Heat resulted in salary cap savings for the franchise:

“Bryant over the weekend had opted out of the second year on the two-year contract he signed with the Heat last summer,” Winderman wrote. “The machination of opting out of the $2.8 million option year and then returning on a one-year, $2.8 million deal resulted in a reduced hit of about $800,000 against the Heat’s 2024-25 salary cap, based on how minimum-scale cap hits are accounted.”

The 26-year-old Bryant played in 38 games for the Heat last season and made four starts.

The seven-year NBA veteran averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game. Bryant shot 57.7 percent from the field and 87.2 percent from the free throw line.

Bryant will be teammates with Kel’el Ware, the No. 15 pick in last month’s NBA draft. Ware recently signed his rookie contract with the Heat.

Over his seven-year NBA career, Bryant holds averages of 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and one assist in 267 games. He’s played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Denver and Miami.

The No. 42 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, Bryant has earned $31.3 million in his professional career.

A 2015 McDonald’s All-American, Bryant played 69 career games at Indiana under Tom Crean. He helped lead the Hoosiers to an outright 2016 Big Ten championship as a freshman.

He started every game at Indiana and averaged 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks.

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