Miami Heat Steal Spurs G Leaguer, Game Postponed Anyway

Aric Holman

Getty The Miami Heat scooped up Aric Holman (Mississippi State) out of the G League to avoid a postponement.

The newest requirement for getting called up to the NBA might be a car title. The Miami Heat are signing center Aric Holman of the G League’s Austin Spurs to push their active roster to eight players.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report Holman’s 10-day hardship deal. The main reason the Heat plucked him away from the San Antonio Spurs is driving distance. Austin is a mere 80 miles from San Antonio, or 1 hour and 17 minutes by car. The Spurs (14-19) host the Heat (22-13) on Wednesday, December 29 in San Antonio. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder is averaging 7.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks per game in the G League this season. Holman went undrafted out of Mississippi State in 2019 before getting inked by Boston. He saw action for the Celtics in the 2021 NBA Summer League, then latched on with the Austin Spurs. He is 24 years old.

Holman was loosely compared to seven-time champion Robert Horry (via Jon Rothstein) due to his versatility and three-point shooting. He shot 42.9% from deep as a senior at Mississippi State.

“I would say my versatility just because I can do a little bit of everything,” Holman told HoopsHype about his strengths in 2019. “I can switch and guard smaller defenders, I can shoot the three. I can put it on the floor and whatever role that the coach tells me I have to do, I know that I can adapt and make the best out of it.”

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Heat-Spurs Game in Jeopardy of Postponement

The Holman signing was supposed to curb any talk of postponing the Heat-Spurs game on Wednesday night. Not so fast. According to the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, the Heat and NBA are engaged in “ongoing talks” to determine the best course of action. A postponement is still an option.

UPDATE: The Heat announced that Wednesday’s game had been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Prior the postponing it, the league had given Miami clearance to take any three players they wanted from the Austin Spurs. Holman was one of those guys.

Miami has six players in COVID-19 protocols: Zylan Cheatham, Gabe Vincent, P.J. Tucker, Max Strus, Udonis Haslem, Kyle Lowry. The team is also down Jimmy Butler (ankle), KZ Okpala (wrist), Markieff Morris (neck), Dewayne Dedmon (knee), Bam Adebayo (thumb), Victor Oladipo (quadriceps). Additionally, Marcus Garrett is dealing with a wrist injury and Duncan Robinson has a chest issue (via Ira Winderman).

Erik Spoelstra Voices Support for Typhoon Odette Victims

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has partnered with the PLD Smart Foundation to raise awareness for those families affected by Typhoon Odette in The Philippines. The natural disaster killed 400 people while leaving thousands homeless when it struck the island on December 16.

Spoelstra, who is half Filipino, posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday where he calls on everyone to do their part. The Philippines are in dire need of relief donations to help them rebuild and for displaced families simply to get back to some sense of normal.

“Hi, this is Erik Spoelstra, head coach of the Miami Heat,” Spoelstra said in the video. “Our hearts go out to the families affected by typhoon Odette. I’m reaching out to our fans because we need your help in supporting our Filipino friends. Every little bit helps, any amount gifted or a relief operations across the country. Thank you for supporting our efforts to rebuild communities that need it the most.”

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